Tourettes – No Losers @ Winz

No Losers @ Winz, an objective and rational critique of New Zealand’s welfare system, will be the first single off the album.


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Setting The Agenda View All →

Setting it straight on user-pays in tertiary education – one letter at a time

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By   4 hours ago

Labour’s promise of a return to (limited) free tertiary education appears to be unsettling some, for whom the last thirty years has been dominated by the implementation and bedding-in of user-pays (often gradually, so as not to spook the punters) ; reduced-tax; and minimalist-government ideology;

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Defending Free Tertiary Education: Chris Trotter responds to Dr Oliver Hartwich’s defence to the user-pays university

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By   1 day ago

let me respond in kind by declaring that my own experience of free tertiary education threw up not one case of a recipient who did not value their opportunity to explore the life of the mind in their late teens and early twenties. Quite the reverse, actually.

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL – My love/hate relationship with Australia

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By   2 days ago

For too long I’ve excused your boorish behaviour because of how your golden shores were so brutally colonised. My Aboriginal brothers and sisters shot down as vermin; the torturous treatment meted out within those convict settlements – irrespective of guilt or innocence, irrespective of youth, age or gender.

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Government boasts of benefit theft

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By   2 days ago

While 2015 did see an increase in the size of the working age population this was driven principally by immigration. The number of jobs in the economy grew, but at a slower pace than the population. The unemployment rate fell, but principally driven by people giving up looking for work. That is not progress.

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The merits of internal discipline

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By   2 days ago

The fractured opposition to the TPP from within Labour has caused a lot of grief within and laughter without. Little has missed an opportunity to present himself as the fearless leader who has no difficulty understanding right from wrong and sorting out dissent within the ranks.

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Debating the Prime Minister’s Statement

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By   3 days ago

Prime Minister, I’ve sat and listened to all your speeches opening Parliament and I’d like to congratulate you on delivering your 8th speech.

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Why the attacks on Bernie aren’t working

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By   3 days ago

Confusion reigns in the Clinton camp after Bernie Sanders trounced Hillary in New Hampshire, 60% to 38%.

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Too Little, too late?

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By   5 days ago

I have avoided having a crack at Andrew Little and the Labour Party’s campaign strategy until now as I thought he deserved the right to have a bit of time to establish himself and chart his own course.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

Dear NZ – let’s just send poor kids straight to jail

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By   18 hours ago

We hate poor children right? We blame their parents for being hungry (despite welfare purposely calculated so that beneficiaries are hungry), we blame parents for their kids freezing to death in cold houses (despite privatising state houses and subsidising slum lords) and we blame poor kids for underachievement (despite under resourcing public education).

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Denying Helen Kelly justice

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..what a shallow, baseless society we have become when the war on drugs trumps basic reason.

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If the answer is Crusher Collins, the question must be ‘what would make things worse’

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By   1 day ago

…I don’t use the word fuckwit often, but it seems the only possible response to this foolish idea.

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The Independent Police Conduct Authority – A toothless watchdog has its bark muzzled

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By   3 days ago

It should come as no surprise at all that the IPCA has been so starved for funding they can’t investigate a Police force who abuse power with alarming regularity.

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Who on earth wrote James Shaw’s speech and why do they still have a job?

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By   3 days ago

…now I don’t want to sound like a Troll’s Troll, but who the hell allowed Shaw to run with this speech and why do they still have a job? It was clumsy, stilted and seemed terribly unrehearsed.

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In response to Orwellian National Supporters

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By   3 days ago

I see that National Party apparatchiks are up to their usual disingenuous tricks, trying to suggest that Labour was a worse manager of the New Zealand economy than National;

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Let’s be honest about why it’s so ‘difficult’ to get a new Police chase policy

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By   4 days ago

Now I’m no Einstein, but tailgating a fleeing driver at twice the speed limit on the wrong side of the road suggests you need a new bloody police chase policy because that type of behaviour is simply asking for public deaths.

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Was Steven Joyce flying dildo attack a conspiracy? The Grassy knoll theory

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By   1 week ago

The Government would have us believe it was just a lone Nurse who threw a large pink dildo despite many eye witnesses seeing people standing at the grassy knoll.

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Media Watch View All →

Why we need an alternative to Story and Seven Sharp at 7pm weeknights

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By   1 day ago

Where the 4th estate has failed, the 5th estate must succeed. Next week a new current affairs show to go up against Story and Seven Sharp at 7pm will be announced. If you want to help this new endeavour – spread it on social media.

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George FM – Beats Working or Max Key Smirking?

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By   3 days ago

It’s bad enough that Max Key gets to humblebrag his privilege through social media and epitomise all that is wrong with our shallow ‘celebrity’ culture but giving him a free pass so another commercial radio station can give the Keydashian brand even more leverage is eye rolling.

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This weeks Waatea news column – Key’s decision to stay away from Waitangi is cowardly

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By   4 days ago

This weeks Waatea news column – Key’s decision to stay away from Waitangi is cowardly

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Dear Story on TV3 – your coverage of the TPPA protest was appalling

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By   1 week ago

Your jumped up little clown of a reporter who covered the TPPA protests did himself and your network a disservice. Which when you consider how shit your network has become after killing off Campbell Live for political reasons, is somewhat difficult.

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TPP pact signed amid huge protests – Asia Pacific Report

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By   1 week ago

The new website Asia Pacific Report – just one week old – provided extensive coverage of the democracy protest in Auckland. Asia Pacific, published by AUT’s Pacific Media Centre, has a range of stories, pictures, video and comment.

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TDB-Waatea Live Coverage of TPPA Protests

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By   2 weeks ago

TDB and Waatea News will be live streaming protest actions on Thursday.

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Stuff use Dirty Politics drenched far right blogger for news source?

Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater is interviewed by Jonathan Milne for an Insight feature.
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By   2 weeks ago

Gutter feeding with Slater after all we now know about his manipulations suggests Stuff journalists have learned nothing from Dirty Politics.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Alex Pirie – Let Them Eat Flags

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So where does one begin with a first stab at becoming a leftie political blogger in the current local and world climate? There is so much going on that for someone like myself with an interest in a range of themes, it can be hard to find somewhere to start. This is probably one of […]

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – Family Court

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By   4 days ago

“ this is nothing unusual Arthur. This is cronyism and is rife and if you are connected , you will get ‘favourable’ treatment”.

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GUEST BLOG: Comrade Dave Brownz – There is no ‘honour’ in any Capitalist Treaty

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By   6 days ago

It’s no surprise to Marxists that the TPPA ‘Treaty’ is a fraud. It signifies the continuation of the NZ’s colonial history from the first Treaty signed in 1840, the original fraud.

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GUEST BLOG: Why I’m Opposed to the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement – a Conservative Perspective

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By   6 days ago

Something that anyone who knows me, and who knows anything about my politics, no doubt finds surprising is the fact that I am opposed to the controversial TPPA.

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MUST READ – Guest Blog: Kyle MacDonald – Financial Abuse

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By   6 days ago

It’s ironic then that aggressively controlling funding has become such an entrenched and consistent way for this Government, John Key’s Government, to silence dissent in the NGO and academic sectors.

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GUEST BLOG: Tourettes – TPPA Poem

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By   6 days ago

Tourettes is one of NZs best poets

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GUEST BLOG: Bill Rosenberg – A nuclear-free moment

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By   1 week ago

Politicians, journalists and commentators who cannot understand why the TPPA marks the end of bipartisan support for similar international commerce agreements have missed the crucial point.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

BOOK REVIEW: Te Rangihaeata

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By   2 days ago

The central characters in each book represent, for me at least, the ‘most important’ New Zealanders of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; namely Ngāti Toa chief, Te Rangihaeata, and our most-loved Australian immigrant, Michael Joseph Savage.

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Here Be Dragons: The Ika Seafood Bar & Grill’s First “Table Talk” Looks At The Year Ahead – Through Right-Wing Eyes.

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By   3 days ago

“Have a care when fighting dragons, lest ye become a dragon yourself.” Nietzsche’s famous aphorism remains as confronting as ever. To beat the likes of the Right’s Matthew Hooton, should the Left attempt to match their Machiavellian amorality? Or, should it simply decide not to invite them onto “Table Talk” panels?

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Table Talk – The Year ahead – Tuesday 9th 7.30pm

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Lisa Owen of TV3’s The Nation will host commentator and PR man Matthew Hooton, Metro Editor-at-large Simon Wilson, and AUT senior lecturer Ella Henry in a discussion on the year ahead.

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YOUNG ACTORS SUPPORT THE WOMEN’S REFUGE WITH THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

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By   1 week ago

Shape Shift Collective presents
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
Written by Eve Ensler

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Splore 2016 – greatest young family camping event ever

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By   2 weeks ago

It is simply the best things NZ has to offer. Amazing music, art, food, performance, camping, workshops, vibe, nature, beaches and workshops.

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Blockade SkyCity – TPPA Free Zone

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By   2 weeks ago

On February 4th , delegates from the 12 TPP nations will descend on SKYCITY convention centre to sign the TPPA and we are going to get in their way in an attempt to stop them.

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GET CHARGED UP FOR THE AUCKLAND INTERNATIONAL BUSKERS FESTIVAL THIS LONG WEEKEND!

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By   2 weeks ago

SUMMER IN THE SQUARE
Free in Aotea Square

On now until 19 February

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Andrew Little’s State of the Nation 1pm Sunday Albert Park, Auckland

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By   2 weeks ago

Little is announcing a new initiative and fresh from refusing to the TPPA deserves some support from the progressive whanau.

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The Daily Gallery View All →

TheDailyBlog.nz Top 5 News Headlines Sunday 14th February 2016

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Sanders Campaign Raises $6 Million in 24 Hours After NH Primary, sex robots could make hundreds of millions unemployed, Syrian Rebels Say a Ceasefire Is ‘Not Realistic, Objective, or Logical’, Syrian army tightens grip on Aleppo amid peace doubts + Henry Kissinger’s War Crimes Are Central to the Divide Between Clinton and Sanders

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday 14th February 2016

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By   5 hours ago

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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Tourettes – No Losers @ Winz

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By   1 day ago

No Losers @ Winz, an objective and rational critique of New Zealand’s welfare system, will be the first single off the album.

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TheDailyBlog.nz Top 5 News Headlines Saturday 13th February 2016

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Face Off, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad vows to retake whole country, Obama plans intervention in Britain’s EU referendum, Pentagon Is Betting Big on Space Warfare + Syria: Russian PM warns of world war if troops sent in

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Saturday 13th February 2016

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By   1 day ago

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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TDB Political Caption Competition

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By   3 days ago

Giant golden ponytail excites Prime Minister

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Thursday 11th February 2016

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By   3 days ago

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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Malcolm Evans – Aussie Cricket

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Malcolm Evans – Aussie Cricket

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Raw News feed View All →

GE: it’s our right to decide – GE Free NZ

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Communities should have the right to decide whether or not genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are released or field-trialled in their regions and, if so, whether any conditions should be placed on them, say the Soil & Health Association and GE Free Northland. The two organisations again joined forces with Taitokerau mana whenua and others in […]

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Closing the Gap in Education – Closing the Gap

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The usual suspects reacted in their usual curmudgeonly ways to Labour’s recently announced policy of three free years of tertiary education. “It was no surprise to see the Herald ‘s editorial talking about this return to universal education as a move for political gain,” says Peter Malcolm of advocacy group Closing the Gap. “Nor to […]

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Locked out Wairoa Talley workers finally get justice – MWU

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Yesterday’s Employment Court decision should see AFFCO Talley’s Wairoa locked out workers back at work in the next two weeks, says the NZ Meat Workers Union. “After five months of lock out and significant suffering for whanau and the small community of Wairoa, the Employment Court yesterday issued a judgement requiring the company to respect […]

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Activists convicted but receive no punishment – Greenpeace

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Greenpeace activists convicted but receive no further punishment over 10-hour occupation of the Tangaroa The five Greenpeace activists who stormed on board a New Zealand Government climate research ship that was found to be searching for oil have been discharged – and will receive no punishment – after being convicted at the Auckland District Court […]

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Credit Ratings Agency Blackmails Christchurch City Council – Keep Our Assets Canterbury

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This story slipped by without comment from anyone in the Christmas rush. Better late than never. On December 8th the Press reported that: “Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has ruled out downgrading Christchurch City Council for the time being…But the agency warned that the ratings could be lowered if earthquake repair costs grow or the […]

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Report into diplomat debacle shows Ministers’ failures – Green Party

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The report into the treatment of a diplomat found guilty of indecent assault highlights a failure of Government Ministers to show political leadership over sexual violence, the Green Party said today. After months of refusing to release the report by former Treasury Secretary John Whitehead, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has finally […]

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NZ has been previously affected by Investor State Disputes Settlement – Coalition for Better Broadcasting

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“Government claims that New Zealand has never been sued by a corporation under existing trade agreements may be correct,” says Myles Thomas from the Coalition for Better Broadcasting (CBB), “but it is worth noting that the threat of Investor/State litigation did affect government policy in 1998 and early 2000s.” In 1998 the National Government’s Minister […]

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Senior doctors want explanation for decision to delay Grey Hospital rebuild – ASMS

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West Coast senior doctors want to know why the Grey Hospital rebuild is being delayed because of a relatively small budget over-run due to previously undetected earthquake vulnerability, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “The decision to put this long-awaited and much-needed project on hold is incomprehensible,” he […]

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