Imagine if the rich listers paid the same tax rates as beneficiaries…

By John Minto

The National Business Review published its annual celebration of unearned wealth last week with the breathlessly-reported news that this bunch of specialised parasites increased their wealth from a net of $79.9 billion in 2017 to $100.8 billion this year.

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Wellington Paranormal: Sage Incompetence & Fitzsimons Naivety – Green Party Conference descends into omnishambles

Sweet Jesus, no wonder the Greens held their Party Conference in bloody Palmerston North, they would want this omnishambles that is erupting to be as far away from the media as humanly possible.

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TDB midyear freedom of speech contributions drive

Brothers and sisters, Comrades – the last couple of months have shown us all just how crucial free speech platforms are right now, if you want to support independent blogs who have fought  to champion those spaces,  then we need your help.

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The Liberal Agenda – An Evening With Chelsea Manning

Think Inc. is excited to announce the first visit to New Zealand by the American activist, politician, former US Army Soldier and now court-martialled whistle-blower, Chelsea Manning.

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Nuclear free and independent Pacific – how the zone began 33 years ago and what now?

By Dr David Robie

The South Pacific Nuclear Free Pacific Zone Treaty 33 years ago ushered in a radical era for the Pacific, which predated NZ’s own nuclear-free law.

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Broken Society

By Dr Liz Gordon

A few years ago I wrote an article about a ride on the 486 bus from Symonds Street to Prestons Road (you know, in Otara), and the changing population that inhabited the bus as it moved south.  I still remember that ride.

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It’s the media’s fault for covering the reclaiming of the C word fiasco?

…note it’s not the Green’s fault for not having a media plan, no strategic forethought or plan of what to do when the media inevitably covered it.

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State sanctioned double bunked rape pens – is it time for a Nation wide prison riot/strike?

Welcome to your double bunked over crowded and violent prison nation NZ!  Where people leave prison more damaged than they went in. The gloriously counter-productive fruit from allowing spite & anger to infect social policy is a wondrous thing but the true horror of our State sanctioned double bunked rape pens has never been laid so bone bare than this piercing exclusive by the brilliant David Fisher…

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REVIEW: DR CORNEL WEST & DOUGLAS MURRAY: POLARISED

A young white couple from the North Show break down in tears as they articulate their fear that Giovani Tiso, Valerie Morse & Jessica Williams will be hiding in the carpark taking down car registrations for re-education retribution later.

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#FakeNews: Trump & Corporate Media are both Enemies of the People

There’s a reason why Trump’s orange carnival of ignorance manages to make so much milage out of the ‘Fake News’ mantra, it’s because corporate media serve the interests of their corporate masters, they sure as Christ don’t serve Democracy.

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Imagine if the rich listers paid the same tax rates as beneficiaries…

By   1 day ago

The National Business Review published its annual celebration of unearned wealth last week with the breathlessly-reported news that this bunch of specialised parasites increased their wealth from a net of $79.9 billion in 2017 to $100.8 billion this year.

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Dr Liz Gordon – Broken Society

By   1 day ago

A few years ago I wrote an article about a ride on the 486 bus from Symonds Street to Prestons Road (you know, in Otara), and the changing population that inhabited the bus as it moved south.  I still remember that ride.

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Nuclear free and independent Pacific – how the zone began 33 years ago and what now?

By   4 days ago

The South Pacific Nuclear Free Pacific Zone Treaty 33 years ago ushered in a radical era for the Pacific, which predated NZ’s own nuclear-free law.

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This Man Is Your Friend: He Fights For Freedom!

By   6 days ago

Reflections On The Geopolitical Significance Of India On Independence Day

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Who Are You Calling “Evil”?

By   7 days ago

Evil looks nothing like the artist’s impression: there are no horns, no tail, no cloven hooves, no whiff of sulphur. Life would be so much easier if there were! No, if you really want to know what evil looks like, then examine the faces of the people who live next door; the people on the bus; the people in the lunchroom at work.

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Dave Macpherson: Alarming Picture Painted by Mental Health Statistics

By   7 days ago

At a Waikato DHB meeting last week, staff working in the Mental Health and Addictions Service presented a series of statistics demonstrating the state of Aotearoa’s mental health. It wasn’t a pretty picture and shows the enormity of the task facing the Government, it’s Mental Health Inquiry, and the whole community.

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It’s time to regulate our big banking cartel

By   1 week ago

With all the self-flagellation about free speech these last few weeks most people seem to have missed ASB’s record net profit – $1.18 billion. (Net profit means profit AFTER the ASB has done all its dodgy dealings to limit its tax liabilities here – the real profit is much higher).

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Plastic pollution? (Almost) Business as Usual – why the plastic bag ban is barely a victory

By   1 week ago

with most policy announcements, the devil is in the detail. And though it might seem churlish, if you look closer, this is more a victory for public relations than it is for our environment. As usual, political measures are too little, too late, and not even what they seem.

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Wellington Paranormal: Sage Incompetence & Fitzsimons Naivety – Green Party Conference descends into omnishambles

By   2 days ago

Sweet Jesus, no wonder the Greens held their Party Conference in bloody Palmerston North, they would want this omnishambles that is erupting to be as far away from the media as humanly possible.

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Teachers Union falls into same trap as Nurses Union

By   4 days ago

Expecting Labour to fix 9 years of underfunding in 9 months seems absurd but that’s the position the Public Union Leadership have placed the Labour Party in.

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State sanctioned double bunked rape pens – is it time for a Nation wide prison riot/strike?

By   5 days ago

Welcome to your double bunked over crowded and violent prison nation NZ!  Where people leave prison more damaged than they went in. The gloriously counter-productive fruit from allowing spite & anger to infect social policy is a wondrous thing but the true horror of our State sanctioned double bunked rape pens has never been laid so bone bare than this piercing exclusive by the brilliant David Fisher…

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National scream the new Employment laws are 1970s Unionism the way Fox News called Obamacare socialism

By   6 days ago

The truth is that what the new Government are proposing are very weak measures in terms of worker protections.

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The sad spite of the ACT Party

By   7 days ago

While Brash’s brand of malicious race baiting is in vogue again, Seymour steps up the tune and pledges to mutilate NZ politics by robbing the indigenous Treaty Partner of their only electoral bulwark against total assimilation.

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Averting the Green’s slide into political irrelevance

By   7 days ago

For the Greens, pushing a Green Tax Rate for sustainable businesses would connect them with a new electorate while promoting environmental economics that could gain huge buy in. It also makes them look like they are creating smart solutions rather than starting dumb fights or worse, looking clueless.  

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Let’s just be really, really, really, really, really, really honest  about why Business confidence is plummeting.

By   7 days ago

The last 9 years of growth has been a lie and a sham. A cheap pump and dump strategy from a money trader with all the morality of a feeding shark. Our Rock Star Economy has been held together by speculative greed, hope and snot. What business are realising is that the falseness of that empty model will give them nothing under a new government who are focused on affordable housing, lower immigration and reinvestment in schools, hospitals and public services.

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Trump’s Space Force, Putin awe and trade wars with China, Iran, Turkey & Venezuela – how Donald is dismantling the entire global order

By   7 days ago

In the constant twitter blitzkrieg from Trump, through the oceans of toxic  politics and the ever growing war against the truth, we would be forgiven if we were somehow lulled into a state of shocked passive apathy that at least Donald as a vengeful chaos actor isn’t here to stay, that his permanence on reality is an unfortunate experiment that has accidentally happened and there is no reason to his madness.

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Media Watch View All →

It’s the media’s fault for covering the reclaiming of the C word fiasco?

By   2 days ago

…note it’s not the Green’s fault for not having a media plan, no strategic forethought or plan of what to do when the media inevitably covered it.

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#FakeNews: Trump & Corporate Media are both Enemies of the People

By   4 days ago

It’s almost as if Noam Chomsky never existed.

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Tova O’Brien’s ‘gotcha’ political journalism lazy and tired – many better reasons to attack Simon Bridges

By   4 days ago

There are plenty of good reasons to bash Simon Bridges, what he spends on travel really ins’t one of them. This is lazy journalism and we shouldn’t celebrate it, even if it’s embarrassing our collective enemy, the National Party.

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TWITTER WATCH: Best burn of a Stuff Journalist in NZ

By   4 days ago

When a kid from a mainstream media NZ news site goes fishing for free content on social media and gets a BURN in response…

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TWITTER WATCH: Hooton hears a what? And who is really launching an attack on Simon Bridges

By   7 days ago

Last night the architect of the Death Star and moral Shepard of the Right, Matthew Hooton, dropped a big claim on twitter…

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TDB midyear freedom of speech contributions drive

By   1 week ago

Brothers and sisters, Comrades – the last couple of months have shown us all just how crucial free speech platforms are right now, if you want to support independent blogs who have fought  to champion those spaces,  then we need your help.

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‘Blacklisted’ Indonesian studies researcher detained in Bali airport

By   2 weeks ago

“This is not a joke: I’m blacklisted by the Indonesian government. Saya termasuk dalam daftar tangkal Indonesia (terjemahan dibawah). I’ve been refused entry to Bali and have been held in a room at Denpasar airport on a couch since midnight… I explained I was on a holiday.”

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – Double Bunking Prison Rapes, my submission on prison narks and punishment for watching Lisa Owen

By   1 day ago

Corrections Dept negligence and the double bunking policy caused this by giving rapist & Black Power member William Katipa his opportunities . No Corrections officer has been held accountable & 50 potential further victims are not being individually notified .

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – new strides at Waikeria prison

By   1 week ago

I had a productive session this week with Prison Inspector Jason Eakins regarding some recent issues I raised with the Inspectorate .

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GUEST BLOG: Roger Fowler – Sweden issues demands – but will Peters say anything?

By   1 week ago

The stark contrast of two governments to the illegal hijacking of flotilla boats & their citizens

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GUEST BLOG: Hone Hararwira – Israel doesn’t want you to see this

By   1 week ago

Whenever a dictatorship says “don’t show this” we have an obligation to show it far and wide …

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GUEST BLOG: Philip Patston – The difference between free speech and hate speech

By   2 weeks ago

This morning, I saw at least two tweets denouncing the disallowing of conservative rhetoric and hate speech, citing media attention as a reason to turn a blind eye to this kind of right-wing propaganda masked as “free speech”.

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GUEST BLOG: Hone Harawira – AMAZON and THOR!!

By   2 weeks ago

Went out last night … and got jumped by AMAZON and THOR!!

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – My cell block at Waikeria

By   2 weeks ago

Note I am a 62 year old Low Security Inmate, so it’s illegal to keep me here, but Corrections is getting desperate as it ramps up its retaliation to my High Court “double bunking” challenge.

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GUEST BLOG: Hadley Grace Robinson-Lewis – Interview with Ari

By   2 weeks ago

Ari is a resilient, strong, beautiful, intelligent and kind transgender young woman who has faced many adversaries throughout her transition to her preferred gender. Ari has lived an incredible life resulting in a high level of maturity and an authentic view of the world we live in today. I admire Ari’s strength and transparency so I decided to approach her for an interview! 

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The Liberal Agenda – An Evening With Chelsea Manning

By   2 days ago

Think Inc. is excited to announce the first visit to New Zealand by the American activist, politician, former US Army Soldier and now court-martialled whistle-blower, Chelsea Manning.

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REVIEW: DR CORNEL WEST & DOUGLAS MURRAY: POLARISED

By   3 days ago

Murray’s intellect and laser like conservative logic is dazzling and what he argues for and about has depth, complexity and intelligence but the competing brilliance and moral certitude of radical compassion and revolutionary social justice preached by Dr West demands a call to action Murray occasionally matched but never beat.

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The Liberal Agenda – What does a Green Economy means for NZ?

By   1 week ago

A Public Forum on a sustainable economy
Western Springs
Community Centre Hall 1
956 Great North Rd

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The Liberal Agenda – Send ‘jailhouse lawyer’ Arthur Taylor to Criminal Justice Summit Wellington 20-22 August

By   1 week ago

Arrange for inmate, advocate and successful litigator Arthur Taylor to bring his unique experience and insight to this historic Hui. We want him to attend in person, and be able to do a presentation.

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The Liberal Agenda – Dr Cornel West & Douglas Murray 17 August – ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland

By   2 weeks ago

Social justice crusader, Dr Cornel West, and conservative author and journalist, Douglas Murray, are almost touching the soils of Australia and New Zealand for a polarising tour. We are only one week away from some of the most enlightening debates of the year – for both sides!

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The Liberal Agenda – Don’t Use Our Pain as a Political Football: Medical Cannabis Patients Plan Rally

By   3 weeks ago

Medicinal cannabis users and allies are today announcing an art installation and rally in Queen Street (opposite Aotea Square) this coming Saturday at 2pm, demanding a moratorium on arrests of medicinal cannabis patients while they wait for politicians to work together on a medicinal cannabis legislation.

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The Liberal Agenda – LOVE AOTEAROA HATE RACISM

By   4 weeks ago

WHAT: Meeting to attack fascists 
WHEN: Saturday 4.30pm
WHERE: 241 Kirkbride Rd, Mangere, Auckland 2022, New Zealand

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The Liberal Agenda – Green Light or Light Green? The Government’s environmental reforms

By   1 month ago

Join us on 1-2 August 2018 for New Zealand’s leading, thought-provoking environmental conference.

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Political Caption Competition

By   1 day ago

What? Julie Anne Genter biked to hospital to give birth? I thought driving around in this shitty car was the ultimate in virtue signalling, tell Clarke he’s piggy backing me around Wellington next week.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday 20th August 2018

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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Political Caption Competition

By   2 days ago

Trump’s new Cabinet 

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday 19th August 2018

By   2 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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Political Caption Competition

By   3 days ago

Shhhh. It will all be ok soon Simon.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Saturday 18th August 2018

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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Political Caption Competition

By   4 days ago

The look a shark gets just before its eyes roll into the back of its head and it strikes in blood lust.

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Friday 17th August 2018

By   4 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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Raw News feed View All →

TDB Top 5 International Stories: Monday 20th August 2018

By   1 day ago

5: Manafort judge says he’s getting threats, has to travel with U.S. Marshals
4: ‘Huge disaster’: Deadly Kerala floods displace over 800,000
3: RYAN ZINKE USES CLIMATE-FUELED WILDFIRES TO BOOST THE TIMBER INDUSTRY — AND IT’S NOT THE FIRST TIME
2: Angela Davis: Aretha Franklin Offered to Post Bail for Me, Saying “Black People Will Be Free”
1: John Brennan threatens to sue Trump over stripped security clearance

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Rainbow Warrior sailing to NZ to make oil history – Greenpeace

By   1 day ago

The world famous Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior is on its way to New Zealand for a tour of the country to celebrate the Government’s recent oil ban and promote clean energy opportunities. In April, New Zealand made international headlines when it became one of the first countries in the world to ban new offshore oil […]

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Record numbers of civilians and aid workers killed in 2018 – Council for International Development

By   1 day ago

A high number of civilians continue to be killed or injured by conflict, including civilian humanitarian personnel from International NGOs such as those based in New Zealand. 2018 continues the historically high levels of civilians killed in long-standing conflicts such as Afghanistan, South Sudan, Yemen and Syria. The recent attack on students in Kabul, along […]

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Infrastructure agency significant step forward – EMA

By   1 day ago

EMA is pleased its long time call for a comprehensive solution to how New Zealand invests in and delivers vital infrastructure projects has made a significant step forward today. Infrastructure Minister, Shane Jones, announced at Infrastructure New Zealand’s Building Nations Symposium a new entity will be established to provide expert advice, planning and strategy to […]

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Fed up Gateway mental health workers to strike – E Tu

By   1 day ago

Mental health workers at Nelson-based Gateway Trust will walk off the job on Tuesday, 21 August to protest years of delays in sorting out new employment conditions.   Two strike notices have been issued. The first is for the stoppage on Tuesday for one hour, from 3pm to 4pm, when members will be picketing.   […]

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Funding for Ngāpuhi hapū hui – Andrew Little

By   1 day ago

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has announced funding support for Ngāpuhi hapū to consider their Treaty settlement progress. “The funding is to enable hapū to hold hui to consider the evolved mandate negotiation structure and provide feedback to my office,” says Andrew Little. “Eight public hui have been successfully held in Te […]

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Homicides could be missed if forensic pathology service collapses, warns senior doctors – Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS)

By   1 day ago

The national forensic pathology service in this country is on the brink of collapse – and Justice Minister Andrew Little is refusing to intervene despite the advice of clinical experts, says the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). “The seriousness of the current situation cannot be over-stated,” says ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell. “If these […]

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Better Public Media reaction to Melissa Lee Member’s Bill

By   4 days ago

Better Public Media Trust warns that the Member’s Bill from Melissa Lee is really an attack on low-rating public media content – especially Māori content. “The title may seem innocuous,” said BPM Trust Chair, Peter Thompson, “but here’s the giveaway clause: This Bill would ensure that television shows, visual online media, and non-music-based radio programming […]

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