Breaking the billionaires’ grip on our economy and our lives

By John Minto

Our lives have been hijacked by billionaires.

They cream off the wealth we create and leave us and our families struggling.

Most of us work longer hours for poor pay in insecure jobs. We have less money, less choices and face lives of increasing struggle. Most of our children will never own a home and face bleaker life chances than us today.

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Dear Students of Auckland University – here is how you get your libraries (and power) back

If students want to keep their libraries and reject the hollowness of neoliberal culture myths, they must fight to bring back Universal Student Membership. 

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The Daily Blog April contribution drive

We have a huge media project TDB are about to launch in the next couple of months which will be the biggest thing we’ve ever attempted, but we are still needing to get to that point and fighting the Police takes up time and energy.

If you are in a position to contribute – please do so here.

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Banning the benefit for a Tinder date?!? This is why we still can’t trust Labour, the Greens & NZ First

There is a belief amongst some on the Left that our comrades inside the Government are so over whelmed by the enormity of the job and are being so expertly manipulated by the Public Services that there will be only shallow promises an no real policy change.

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After character assassinating Clarke with an e – is the NZ Herald now just a blog with Trolls?

The Herald have had the audacity to pick up on their own columnists smear job on Clarke with an unnamed ‘story’ covering the outrage they created.

Clickbait using clickbait.

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By suing Wikileaks the DNC has shown how desperate they are to blame everyone but themselves

Opponents of Trump like to point to the Russian interference in the election to explain Trump winning, but I think blaming Russia for ‘hacking’ the US Election is deeply counter productive.

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The Kiwi Connection In Palestine

By Chris Trotter 

I DON’T KNOW which is more embarrassing: to have a lawyer called Trotter defending a woman who prostituted her own daughter; or a PhD history candidate called Trotter “Exploring the Kiwi connection as Israel turns 70”.

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Syria: the mendacities of the mainstream media (part tahi)

By Frank Macskasy 

“The first casualty when war comes is truth…”

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Western Economic and Military Groupthink on Parade This Week

By Christine Rose 

So while leaders from European superpowers, Five Eyes nations and the Commonwealth parade, in self-congratulatory back slapping and hand shaking in front of the cameras, they engage in lock step and group think, marching as one over firing missiles at Syria that are actually aimed at Russia, in a real battle for supremacy of the ‘There is No Alternative’ approach to economic management, monetary policy, growth, trade and the neo-liberal agenda.

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Bees, guns and cults: recent happenings in education

By Dr Liz Gordon

I see the point of pupils knowing how to react if something happens.  In most cases, actually, the ‘drop, cover, hold’ rules of earthquake reaction is the best response. What I don’t see is why a security agency should be employed, unless schools in New Zealand are thinking that they are about to get targeted by a mad gunmen.

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Dear NZ, we are so racist we don’t know how racist we are

Regardless of whether or not the bias is intentional, if the system is providing favouritism, that isn’t fair, and as citizens in a progressive democracy we should all want for everyone to share the harvest with agency, acceptance and inclusion. 

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The Kiwi Connection In Palestine

By   12 hours ago

I DON’T KNOW which is more embarrassing: to have a lawyer called Trotter defending a woman who prostituted her own daughter; or a PhD history candidate called Trotter “Exploring the Kiwi connection as Israel turns 70”.

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Breaking the billionaires’ grip on our economy and our lives

By   12 hours ago

Our lives have been hijacked by billionaires.

They cream off the wealth we create and leave us and our families struggling.

Most of us work longer hours for poor pay in insecure jobs. We have less money, less choices and face lives of increasing struggle. Most of our children will never own a home and face bleaker life chances than us today.

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Syria: the mendacities of the mainstream media (part tahi)

By   2 days ago

“The first casualty when war comes is truth…”

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Dr Liz Gordon: Bees, guns and cults: recent happenings in education

By   2 days ago

I see the point of pupils knowing how to react if something happens.  In most cases, actually, the ‘drop, cover, hold’ rules of earthquake reaction is the best response. What I don’t see is why a security agency should be employed, unless schools in New Zealand are thinking that they are about to get targeted by a mad gunmen.

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Western Economic and Military Groupthink on Parade This Week

By   2 days ago

So while leaders from European superpowers, Five Eyes nations and the Commonwealth parade, in self-congratulatory back slapping and hand shaking in front of the cameras, they engage in lock step and group think, marching as one over firing missiles at Syria that are actually aimed at Russia, in a real battle for supremacy of the ‘There is No Alternative’ approach to economic management, monetary policy, growth, trade and the neo-liberal agenda.

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Proportionality and international law

By   2 days ago

Decades of alien military dictatorship, annexation and racist, colonial settlement have rendered impossible the Palestinian people’s right to lead a normal, decent life. The malevolence is undeniable even though world leaders and the mainstream news media prefer to look away.

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MUST READ: Letting In The Light

By   5 days ago

The position of Jacinda’s government is not made any easier by elements within the news media who act as if the Right’s suspicion and resentment is, in some unexplained way, justified. In spite of the fact that the Labour-NZF-Green government has been in office barely six months, and ignoring the almost daily revelations of the previous government’s extraordinary derelictions and mismanagement, they lash Jacinda’s ministers as if they alone are responsible for the fact that the country’s infrastructure is, quite literally, rotting away.

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Wage theft at Maccas – $1 million a year in lieu days or public holiday pay

By   5 days ago

It has been over three years since we first wrote to the company questioning how they calculated annual leave and asking them to fix it. At first, they simply ignored or rejected our arguments out of hand. We then applied for an Employment Relations Authority hearing on the issue. 

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

Banning the benefit for a Tinder date?!? This is why we still can’t trust Labour, the Greens & NZ First

By   13 hours ago

There is a belief amongst some on the Left that our comrades inside the Government are so over whelmed by the enormity of the job and are being so expertly manipulated by the Public Services that there will be only shallow promises an no real policy change.

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Dear Students of Auckland University – here is how you get your libraries (and power) back

By   2 days ago

If students want to keep their libraries and reject the hollowness of neoliberal culture myths, they must fight to bring back Universal Student Membership. 

Read More →

By suing Wikileaks. the DNC has shown how desperate they are to blame everyone but themselves

By   2 days ago

Opponents of Trump like to point to the Russian interference in the election to explain Trump winning, but I think blaming Russia for ‘hacking’ the US Election is deeply counter productive.

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The three things we learnt this week

By   4 days ago

Good week for the Left, good week for NZ.

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National attack Labour for launching 75 inquiries and end up shooting themselves in the foot

By   4 days ago

I haven’t seen self mutilation this bad since Passion of the Christ.

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Look at this picture – the National Party said this could never happen

By   4 days ago

Remember that above image when the National Party insist things can’t be done.

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Another report that clearly states how damaging farming is for our environment has been released, is it time to end big Dairy in NZ?

By   4 days ago

Economically it makes no sense to continue investing in big Dairy when synthetic milk and meat are on the horizon.

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EQC blowout, Middlemoore Hospital rot & another National Party housing project collapse

By   4 days ago

How can the National Party destroy the country over 9 years, get exposed after they leave power and yet still have 44% of NZ supporting them?

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Media Watch View All →

The Ben Bohane photo that Facebook censored on an article about Indonesia

By   3 hours ago

The original version of this photo, of West Papuan nambas (traditional penis gourds), which was published in the weekend edition of the family newspaper Vanuatu Daily Post and then by Asia Pacific Report, was deemed to have breached Facebook’s “community standards”. The photo was by award-winning photojournalist Ben Bohane, who lives in Vanuatu and whose work was published recently in the PMC book Conflict, Culture and Conscience.

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After character assassinating Clarke with an e – is the NZ Herald now just a blog with Trolls?

By   11 hours ago

The Herald have had the audacity to pick up on their own columnists smear job on Clarke with an unnamed ‘story’ covering the outrage they created.

Clickbait using clickbait.

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Even for Deborah Hill Cone, this is petty & spiteful

By   2 days ago

I’ve grown to like Deborah Hill Cone. The neurotic insightfulness of privilege after two bottles of white wine on a Wednesday in Devonport mixed with prescription drugs never sounded so self assured.

There are times she soars with enlightenment, cheers with genuine humour and preaches with conviction.

This hate column attacking Clarke Gayford however, sure as fuck isn’t one of them.

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It’s fair to compare Heather du Plessis-Allan to Ann Coulter

By   2 days ago

It’s fair to compare Jacinda to Trump in that they are part of the same species, breath oxygen and both have two legs and two arms.

The similarities end there.

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Poisoned spies, diplomatic mocking and hate speech: Tova O’Brien doesn’t like Jacinda much does she?

By   2 days ago

Tova is of course free to take the lines of inquiry she wants, she is the Political Editor of a main News Network, it is utterly her prerogative, but the results seem to be cheap headline gotcha’s rather than meaningful comment.

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The vomit inducing Lotto advert

By   6 days ago

Isn’t that just so Kiwi? Cheap, underfunded and requiring a vice tax for social good

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As they whine they weren’t consulted – never forget that NZ Oil & Gas voted to give nothing to Pike River families

By   6 days ago

Rachel Stewart has once again proven why she is this country’s best columnist (it is so weird that she wasn’t included in this years media awards yet an over rated mummy blogger and Ben Mack eye-rollingly were) with this damning indictment on the NZ oil Industry…

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Can someone please read the Bible to Duncan Garner and Israel Folau?

By   1 week ago

To be honest, I don’t think Israel understands the Bible he’s standing up for any more than Duncan does.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Andrew Courtney – Winners and Loser: The New Zealand Tax System

By   6 days ago

There has been the constant spectre of the Tax Working Group hanging over us, and over the weekend, the appointment of Marama Davidson as Co-leader of the Greens gave rise to the discussion of new and higher taxes, including higher income tax, for which she is a supporter.

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Blue Light Vapes Specials – COME VAPING WITH US

By   6 days ago

SMOK ALIEN KIT 220W with TFV8 The SMOK Alien 220W TC Starter Kit is a truly advanced vape kit, integrating a unique statement piece with an ultra-performance chipset with 220W of maximum power and full temperature regulation alongside the widely popular TFV8 Baby Beast Tank. A great device that will give you a great flavour […]

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GUEST BLOG: Darien Fenton – It’s going to ruin us

By   1 week ago

There’s the predictable wailing and gnashing of teeth from Business about the government’s Employment Relations Amendment Bill.  That, along with the increase in minimum wage, according to them, is going to ruin us.

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GUEST BLOG: Mike Lee – The March of Folly continues – Labour and the Greens fall into lock-step – the airport rail debacle

By   1 week ago

Auckland International Airport is of critical economic importance to Auckland and to New Zealand – it is the premier gateway to the country. Despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent on road construction in recent years, congestion on the route to the city is already near where it was 10 years ago, chronic at peak times, periodically at grid-lock. With airport passenger movements currently 19 million per year and predicted to increase to 40 million  2040, this chronic congestion can only become worse – with dire consequences.

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GUEST BLOG: Hone Harawaira discussing Nelson Mandela’s funeral

By   1 week ago

Hone Harawaira discussing Nelson Mandela’s funeral

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GUEST BLOG: Hone Harawira – My tribute to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

By   2 weeks ago

I’ve seen some nasty stuff written about WINNIE MANDELA since she died, mostly by armchair critics, facebook warriors, academic wankers and intellectual pygmies – you know the ones, happy to criticise the failings of others but too gutless to do anything themselves.

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EXCLUSIVE: Sexism and bullying inside the NZ Miss World pageant #metoonz

By   2 weeks ago

In 2017, Hadley Grace Robinson-Lewis was a contestant in the NZ Miss World pageant. Her experience of misogyny and bullying in the wake of #MeToo has made her step forward to highlight the unacceptable culture inside Miss World New-Zealand

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Our ‘third world medical infrastructure in a first world country’

By   2 weeks ago

Is the National Party writing the news these days?

Everywhere I look I see nasty right wing hit job after nasty right wing hit job aimed at the small missteps made by our new Government get inflated into enormous mountains while real issues that impact the people who voted for us are minimised.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

Christchurch-based political society to host public lecture on eve of ANZAC day

By   2 days ago

WHAT: Public Lecture on Peace activists and ANZAC Day
WHERE: Christchurch
WHEN: Tuesday 24th

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Movie Review: Peter Rabbit 5 stars: Animal House meets Monty Python meets Love Actually

By   3 weeks ago

It’s Easter, that means taking my 8 year old daughter to her Easter Movie.

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The Liberal Agenda – Lorde help us! Palestine, Politics, Performance and the BDS!

By   1 month ago

WHAT: Palestine Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel 

WHERE: Auckland University – Science Building MLT 1/303-G23

WHEN: 7pm, Wednesday 21st 

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WE just signed this petition — “Save Christchurch’s water, stop the water bottle exports”

By   1 month ago

This campaign means a lot to me and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding. You can read more and sign the petition here:

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The Liberal Agenda – ‘MARCH FOR MĀUI’ THIS SUNDAY HIGHLIGHTS GOVERNMENT FAILURE

By   1 month ago

WHAT: March for Māui’ and Hector’s dolphins

WHEN: Sunday 18th March

WHERE: Silo Park, Auckland

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Malcolm Evans – Balance of hate

By   11 hours ago

Malcolm Evans – Balance of hate

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Political Caption Competition

By   12 hours ago

Ummmm, didn’t the National Party set up 73 working groups in their first 6 months of Government you sanctimonious dickheads?

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Tuesday 24th April 2018

By   13 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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Malcolm Evans – Hell

By   1 day ago

Malcolm Evans – Hell

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Political Caption Competition

By   2 days ago

The Right wing are mocking Jacinda for virtue signalling with her Māori cloak. Remember when Prime Ministers virtue signalled before Jacinda?

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday 23rd April 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   2 days ago

Has Farrar, Hosking or the AM Show claimed Clarke kneeling with the CHOGM spouses is a symbol of the emasculation and gelding of NZ males yet? Or do we have to wait till Monday for that?

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday 22nd April 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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Raw News feed View All →

Media Statement: Apology to Hon. Steven Joyce – Matthew Hooton

By   1 day ago

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   APOLOGY TO HON. STEVEN JOYCE On 2 March 2018 a column I wrote was published in the print edition of the NBR and on the NBR’s website. It was titled: “Joyce sacking first test of Bridges’ leadership”. This article could reasonably be understood to suggest that the Hon. Steven Joyce had engaged in unethical, dishonest and/or corrupt […]

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Economist Jeffrey Sachs Warns of Fraying Societies – Closing The Gap

By   2 days ago

According to renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs, the unravelling taking place in the United States shows why economic inequality is socially and morally unsustainable, a lesson the income equality group Closing the Gap believes New Zealand must urgently heed. Speaking on Radio New Zealand on Saturday, Professor Sachs said the United States was living through an […]

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Over 10,000 sign against mega egg farm in Waikato – Direct Animal Action

By   2 days ago

A petition to Waikato District Council demanding they decline a proposed mega egg farm has reached over 10,000 signatures. New Zealand’s biggest egg producer, Mainland Poultry, want to build a massive industrial chicken egg laying farm at 64 Old Road, Orini, Waikato. The proposed mega farm would confine 400,000 egg laying hens to a new […]

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NZ preventive detention violates human rights: UN experts

By   2 days ago

New Zealand violated its obligations under the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights by keeping two men convicted of rape in exceptionally lengthy preventive detention after they had served their sentences, the UN Human Rights Committee found. New Zealand must immediately reconsider the continued detention of the men, and take steps to facilitate their […]

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BAS’ Vision for Beneficiaries – Beneficiary Advisory Service

By   2 days ago

BAS’ Vision for Beneficiaries (part 1): Attitudes We have been noticing positive change recently in society’s attitude towards beneficiaries. This more positive view of the previously maligned group will lead to some much-needed changes in the benefit system. Things will only improve for beneficiaries with better laws, which, in turn, will only happen if they […]

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Urgent action needed after report’s sobering wake up call – Fish and Game New Zealand

By   2 days ago

Fish & Game has called for urgent government action on what it describes as a “sobering” official report showing wetlands, forests and waterways are coming under increasing pressure from unsustainable development. The Our Land Report 2018 has been jointly prepared by the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand. The report says New Zealand […]

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Wake up call on NZ land use – Greenpeace

By   2 days ago

The Ministry for the Environment has released Our Land 2018 which reveals that the large scale conversion and intensification of dairying is a key driver of environmental degradation. “This report should be a serious wake-up call,” says Greenpeace sustainable agriculture campaigner, Gen Toop. “There are too many cows. We urgently need to diversify and transition […]

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NZNO members now vote whether or not to strike

By   2 days ago

The majority of NZNO DHB members, who are party to the DHB Nurses and Midwifery MECA, receive their strike ballot paper by post and email from Monday 23 April to vote on proposed strike action. The action will occur if the MECA impasse is not resolved through the Independent Panel Process. Industrial Services Manager Cee […]

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