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The Rise and Rise of Daddy State: MSD blackmails NGOs for private data

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

To date, New Zealanders have been mostly apathetic as the government build up it’s ability to spy and store personal information on us. Most of the government’s “targets” have been so-called “terrorists”, immigrants, criminals, student-debt defaulters, and those on welfare benefits or living in state houses.

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2017 – Ongoing jobless tally

By   /  March 19, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

All unemployment data from Statistics NZ should therefore be treated with caution. Unemployment is likely to be much higher than Statistics NZ figures indicate.

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Trumpwatch: The Art of Deflection

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

With the Cult of Hyper Individualism, “taking Personal Responsibility” is the corollary of the “Small State” and reduced government services. The Right demand Personal Responsibility from everyone. (So when an individual ‘fails’, the fault – and responsibility – must lie with him/her, rather than the State’s tilting the playing field toward the rich and the powerful.)

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Trumpwatch: Fake News, Soft News, and Non-News

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  35 Comments

Trump’s mis-use of the term “fake news” – to attack and dismiss as untrue, actual news stories – is a corruption of the term for his own purposes. Trump’s actions, statements, tweets, and behaviour has all received media attention – and quite rightly so. Trump is no longer a private individual and his actions and words are no longer unimportant. As the elected leader of the United States, much of what he says and does will be reported.

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The Mendacities of Mr English: the covert agenda of high immigration

By   /  March 5, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  50 Comments

Bill English was recently caught on-the-spot when challenged why National was permitting high immigration at a time when unemployment was still high, and rising.

Make no mistake, National has opened the floodgates of immigration because it is an easy way to artificially stimulate the economy. This was pointed out in May 2011, by then-Immigration Minister, Jonathan Coleman, who trumpeted the contribution made by immigration to economic growth;

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Election ’17 Countdown: The Promise of Nirvana to come

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

The great mistake made by National is that, at the beginning when they dreamed up these feel-good gimmicks, they set target-goal dates too close to the present. For example, when John Key and Bill English published a document entitled “Better Public Services” in February 2014, issuing a whole raft of target-goals, they set the date for accomplishment at 2017 (for most, though not all).

That left National minister in office only three years later having to explain their failure to achieve their target-goals.

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Trumpwatch: “… then they came for the LGBT”

By   /  February 25, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

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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