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“..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
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
“..Postgraduate students are working long, minimum-wage hours – selling their cars and moving in with their parents to complete degrees – after losing $240 a week in student allowance. The Government’s scrapping of the postgraduate student allowance at the beginning … Continue reading
former tv host mary lambie joins ex-all black/out-there-christian michael jones..as a peddler of unhealthy/junk-food to the nation..
“..These days you’re more likely to find Mary Lambie behind a sandwich counter than in your living room screens. The former Good Morning presenter is the franchisee of Subway Telecom Place on Auckland’s Victoria Street..” (cont..) (ed:..the only difference between … Continue reading
“..Building momentum is the title the Government has given its latest budget. There’s only one problem: after 2015 there isn’t any. Our economy will slow to a crawl even as our trading partners are accelerating. But of course the Government … Continue reading
did you know that auckland city council employs 143 spin doctors..?..at a cost of $30 million per year..?..(whoar..!..eh..?..w.t.f. do they do all day..?..) but precious little info – Opinion – NZ Herald News
“..Auckland Council and its assorted council-controlled organisations employ more than 143 in-house communications and marketing staff – - along with many outside contractors in the same field. Orakei councillor Cameron Brewer recently denounced it as a $30 million-a-year “out of … Continue reading
ed:..could the economics reporter on tvone breakfast be more rightwing/an apologist for this fuck-the-poor govt..? ..it is almost skin-crawling..her efforts to prove to the powers that be that she will be an obedient gate-keeper for them.. ..and i am still … Continue reading
“..Last night, Radio New Zealand’s Kim Hill was crowned queen of the airwaves. She knocked Mike Hosking off his perch to win Best Talk or Current Affairs Host – a category he’d won the last three years. Hill’s eponymous weekend … Continue reading
ed:..i dunno about you..but colour me confused.. ..how can bill english be boasting about being in surplus by 2014-15.. ..and yet i carried news reports the other day about how our current-account-deficit is the worst in the oecd.. ..how the … Continue reading
“..New App Helps Consumers Avoid Koch Industries and Monsanto Products – and Trace Corporate Ownership of Everything in Their Shopping Cart..”
(ed:..cool..!..eh..?..) (cont..) go to source/story>>> New App Helps Consumers Avoid Koch Industries and Monsanto Products and Trace Corporate Ownership of Everything in Their Shopping Cart | Alternet.
(ed:..heh..!.. ..and further on the above subject:..when i lived in manhatten there was a cocaine delivery service using bicycle couriers.. ..they guaranteed delivery within 30 mins..and if late..the price to the consumer would drop in five minute segments..) go to … Continue reading
“..Maybe he should start singing, “Do you think I’m shrinking.” Consummate showman Rod Stewart has always been willing to sacrifice anything for his audience – and that apparently includes the length of his penis. Yes – that’s the price he … Continue reading
ed:..there is one big mystery for me re third degree.. ..who was it who told the co-comperes..that it was a good idea/look to affect the montgomery burns stoop/forward-lean..? ..i get so worried that gravity will prevail with one/either of them… … Continue reading
“.,Two people who illegally chopped off puppies’ tails with a knife have escaped a criminal conviction. Rebecca Douglas (28) an aspiring vet technician – and publican Malcolm West (43) were found guilty of causing three-day-old puppies unnecessary or unreasonable pain … Continue reading
(ed:..i will post a commentary at the close of proceedings..) Questions to Ministers (edit:..the speaker tells ministers they can no longer give the glib-reply to written questions that ‘it is an operational matter’..) 1)..TODD McCLAY to the Minister of Finance: … Continue reading
“..David Cameron is fighting plans to place a commitment to reduce income inequality in the developing world – – into a major UN report that will set out a series of targets to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)…” (cont..) … Continue reading
ed:..finally/at last!..the mainstream media economics-experts start to hold the intellectually/factual total-discrediting of – key/englishs’ austerity-mantra up to the light..
(ed:..i was almost tearing my hair out here..this is/has been one of the economic-stories of this year/decade..how the whole austerity-movement is just a pile of stinking horse-shit…premised on lies/epic-academic-fails.. ..and one that drives the economic-policies/beliefs of this govt.. ..yet our … Continue reading
“.. Zippy and energy-efficient two-wheelers leave the cars and nose-to-tail congestion in their wake. Yep – that was one of us – threading through the traffic waiting at the lights. That’s another at the front of the queue – ready … Continue reading
New Zealand Parliament – List of questions for oral answer – Tuesday – 14 May 2013..(+ the gilmore-speech review..)
(ed:..i will post a commentary at the close of proceedings..) Questions to Ministers 1)..DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements? ..shearer on key tying future govts into 35 yr contract.. ..calls on key to … Continue reading
“..There’s a fantasy leaving speech in us all. Just don’t ever be tempted to deliver it for real..” (+ comment:..and why aaron gilmore will wimp-out..why his speech will be utu-less..)
(ed:..i predict the speech from gilmore this afternoon will be naught but a whiney-rant against the media.. ..he both lacks the testicular-fortitude to do little else..plus save for that tory/neo-lib/randite/fuck-the-poor! clutch of nasty/bad ideas..he dosen’t really believe in much.. ..so … Continue reading
“..Ayn Rand USA: In 20 Years Corporate Profits Are Up 4X – and Their Taxes Have Fallen by 50% – Meanwhile the Workers’ Payroll Tax Has Doubled..”
(ed:..and nz’ers should not forget that john key and all of the national party are disciples of he vile politics/teachings of ayn rand.. ..know that – and most of what they do comes more clearly into focus..) (cont..) go to … Continue reading
“..New research suggests that mood-enhancing activities can serve as a nutrient for the human body..” (cont..) (ed:..does smoking a joint count..?..just asking..!.. ..i mean..if there is one thing that pot guarantees..it is ‘mood enhancement’..eh..?.. ..so..?..) go to source/story>>> Happiness is … Continue reading
ed:..gilmore has totally wimped out on any idea of seeing out his term as an independant..and has resigned.. ..by resigning gilmore lost his chance to enter the history books with an exclamation-mark next to his name.. ..now he just has … Continue reading
q & a:..a mini-review…it’s a tory kinda morning..ryall..banks..and old-tory paul east..try to sell the unsellable..
today we have a twofer..as comperes..susan wood..and the person who should be given the job..corin dann.. ..dann interviews the ever-unctuous tony ryall.. ..dann asks ryall why no mum and dad investors in the end..(and lets ryall not answer the question..) … Continue reading
the nation:..a mini-review..tim groser confirms he is ‘just sticking to the script’..and makes his case for us to link up with the other american client-states in sth america..y’know..!..all those horrific rightwing dictatorships/narco-states..)
ed:..nick smith is up first..on housing..trying to sell this dodgy/affordable-housing-free plan dreamed up by him and len brown.. ..(a plan that includes what brown promised not to do…to increase sprawl (by creating a big payday for the elites who also … Continue reading
“..Who Is Profiting From Charters? – The Big Bucks Behind Charter School Secrecy – Financial Scandal – and Corruption..”
(ed:..and why are we persisting with starting this proven folly here in new zealand..?.ya hafta say.. ..the answer is:..rightwing-ideology overwhelms logic..) (cont..) go to source/story>>> Who Is Profiting From Charters? The Big Bucks Behind Charter School Secrecy, Financial Scandal and … Continue reading
“..Mark Zuckerberg’s Group Loses High-Profile Backers Elon Musk – David Sacks..” (ed:..zuckerberg goes to the dark side..)
“..Billionaire eco-entrepreneur Elon Musk announced on Friday that he was quitting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s immigration advocacy group – upset over its controversial political strategy. Fwd.us told The Huffington Post that a second funder also had decided to withdraw. Several … Continue reading
ed:..i’ve said it before..and i’ll say it again… ..aaron gilmore should not buckle under the pressure from key et. al.. ..he should see out his term as a true independant mp… ..if he caucuses with the other party-pariah brendon horan…(what … Continue reading
(ed:..this is pretty cool..and is a model for here..) (cont..) go to source/story>>> Chicago Workers Open New Cooperatively Owned Factory Five Years After Factory Occupation | Alternet.
“..The Facts Are In and Paul Ryan Is Wrong..” (ed:..as is john key..this piece is also about him..as he also follows the now totally discredited policies of austerity..the only difference is that key has thrown some asset-stripping into the mix..and when will our mainstream media..those with access to key..when will they start asking him the hard questions..?..)
“..Changes in the way we think about the world are not “news” in the classic sense — – they occur gradually – without discrete events to signal them. But they matter. Two such developments have come together recently – both … Continue reading
ed:..eye-watering profits made from subdividing previously publicly-owned land..in the south island high country..
“..Shell out $265,000 and collect more than $10 million. It’s one of several nice little high-country earners. That’s the mark-up that one South Island runholder couple made from subdividing some of their land freeholded through the tenure review process. Lincoln … Continue reading
british tory-leader cameron gets all hysterical at the very idea of a financial transaction tax on the banksters..
(ed:..whereas..most of the rest of us are going/saying:..’yes please..!..and soon..!’.. ..and did you know that the nz treasury (hardly wild-eyed commie-radicals..eh.?..) ..that they estimated that a financial transaction tax on the banksters here.. ..would raise enough revenue to enable us … Continue reading
Brian Fallow: Austerity’s for booms – not slumps..” (+ comment:..why does brian fallow (seemingly) not know that the whole austerity-argument/meme is now in tatters..?..)
“..When private sector demand is weak – that’s the time the Government should step up its spending. As we await another miserly Budget from Bill English we are entitled to wonder whether the Government is overdoing the fiscal discipline. Has … Continue reading
“..Animal Welfare Advocates ‘Gagged’ By Politicians..” (+will the (supposed) legal-pot advocates..(i’m looking at you..chris fowlie/nandor tanczos..!)..will they cross that line..?..and will they sell these upcoming legal-highs..that have been tested on dogs..?..are they that greedy..?..will they sink that low..?..)
“..Animal welfare advocates outraged at the possibility of party pills and synthetic cannabis being tested on rats and dogs have been “gagged” by politicians – a Labour MP says. Hundreds of submissions objecting to animals being given lethal doses of … Continue reading
“..A defiant Aaron Gilmore gave the National Party two fingers yesterday by refusing to resign over his boozy encounter with a barman. Despite a clear signal from Prime Minister John Key and party president Peter Goodfellow that he should step … Continue reading
(ed:..i will post a commentary at the close of proceedings..) Questions to Ministers 1)..JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making with its share offer programme? norman is ripping into english..pointing out that treasury told … Continue reading
“..We thought we couldn’t like Jon Stewart any more – until now. “The Daily Show” host was spotted walking his three-legged dog Champ – in New York City Sunday. Stewart – who also rescued two other pit bulls – is … Continue reading
“..5 Risky Diet Mistakes Vegetarians Make..” (+ comment:..and the big ‘vegan-mistake’ they are making..)
“..You Are a Snack-aholic I frequently come across vegetarian-junkies – those who eliminate meat from their diet and fill up on chips – pretzels – and cookies – due to the fact that they don’t know what else to eat. … Continue reading
(ed:..this is from a comments-thread at the standard..) “..King Kong … 8 May 2013 at 9:37 am Jesus Christ Gilmore – anyone who walks into the hairdressers and asks for the “Cam Slater” – - is simply not right in … Continue reading