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Trumpwatch: “… then they came for the LGBT”

By   /  February 25, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

In revoking Obama’s order to “allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity”, Trump has made life more difficult for transgendered young people. His decision to allow Jeff Sessions to impose his moralistic agenda to deny transgendered students to be in a safe environment to use bathroom facilities, puts extra stresses on people who are already facing a difficult time in their lives.

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Election ’17 Countdown: Joyce – let the lolly scramble begin!

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

You can tell it’s election year; the lolly-scramble (aka, hint of tax cuts) has begun;

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Election ’17 Countdown: The Strategy of Ohariu

By   /  February 17, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  40 Comments

Had Dunne been ousted from Ōhāriu in 2014 our recent history would have been completely altered. Anyone who believes that the Labour-Green accomodation was a “dirty” deal might ponder the ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ whilst spending the night in a car or under a tarpaulin. Preferably in winter.

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Trumpwatch: The Drum(pf)s of War

By   /  February 13, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  55 Comments

Not since Bush launched a propaganda war against three nations (Iran, Iraq, and North Korea) with his jingoistic “Axis of Evil” rhetoric in 2002, has a U.S. president so successfully instigated Cold War II on so many fronts.

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The Mendacities of Mr English – Social Services under National’s tender mercies

By   /  February 7, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

English’s bland assertion that “government actually with a good record on addressing, in fact, some of the toughest social issues” is at variance with actual, real, mounting socio-economic problems in this country.

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Trumpwatch: Muslims, mandates, and moral courage

By   /  February 1, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  57 Comments

The Trump Administration has led humanity into uncharted waters. Looming on the dark horizon may be the inevitable;

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Trumpwatch: Voter fraud, Presidential delusions, and Fox News

By   /  January 28, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

Trump’s campaign and presidency has been marked by a series of exaggerations, half-truths, and outright lies. One of Trump’s most recent lies is his allegation of massive voter fraud in the US 2016 presidential elections;

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Cutting taxes toward more user-pays – the Great Kiwi Con

By   /  January 26, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

Here in New Zealand, National’s funding cuts have not been restricted to the Health sector and NGOs. Government agencies from the Police , Radio NZ, to the Department of Conservation have had their funding slashed (or frozen – a cut after inflation is factored in).

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St John management applies tourniquet to workers’ throats

By   /  January 15, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

Charitable organisation, St John, which operates ambulance services nationwide, as well as other medical services, has been engaging in anti-worker actions during recent industrial negotiations to conclude a collective agreement.

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The Legacy of a Dismantled Prime Minister

By   /  January 4, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

Following his unexpected announcement to resign as New Zealand’s Prime Minister on 5 December last year, much has been said of Key’s “legacy”. Pundits have been scratching their heads, trying to figure out what “legacy” can be attributed to eight years of a Key-led administration.

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Trump escalates, Putin congratulates

By   /  December 27, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

With 115 characters, Donald Trump declared a return to a global nuclear arms race.

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Protestors condemn Russian involvement in atrocities in Aleppo

By   /  December 19, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  58 Comments

Wellington, NZ, 16 December – About three dozen people attended a rapidly organised protest outside the Russian Federation’s sprawling embassy in Messines Rd, Wellington.

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The Sweet’n’Sour Deliciousness of Irony: Russia accused of meddling in US Election

By   /  December 18, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

It is unsurprising that most of the world looks upon American grievances of (alleged) Russian “meddling” with risable scorn. Whether true or not – and most probably harbour a secret hope that it is true – the Americans richly deserve what they have been meting out to other nations throughout the 20th, and first decade of, the 21st century.

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MUST READ: Charter Schools in a Post-Truth Era

By   /  December 11, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

For many on the neo-liberal Right, education is a business not a public good and therefore should be no different to electricity supply (semi-privatised); Air New Zealand (semi-privatised – again); or a whole host of other services and assets that were once owned by the tax-payer but have been sold off over the last thirty years.

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The Dismantling of a Prime Minister – Completed

By   /  December 7, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  75 Comments

As with the death of Princess Diana; Trump winning the Presidency, or (if you’re old enough) the assassination of JFK, you will recall where you were when you heard this sudden, unexpected and gob-smacking public announcement from John Key;

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Tax Cuts Galore! Money Scramble!

By   /  November 27, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Since National has not thought twice at under-funding the Health Budget, it certainly does not seem troubled at using tax-cuts as an election bribe, and undermining this country’s future superannuation savings-fund for selfish political gain.

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