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MEDIA WATCH: If we want to understand the world around us, we might be better off without news and current affairs

By   /  November 29, 2014  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

Modern life is busy. News, current affairs and ‘factual’ content is constantly available, constantly clamouring for our attention at every waking moment (where are you now as you read this blog?) Daily news has become hourly and minute by minute updates, streaming and screaming to get our attention. And keeping us locked into fast thinking.

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The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep 2.

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Blog Breakfast Club  /  4 Comments

TDB Video: The Daily Blog Breakfast Club, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week Activist and blogger Jessie Hume and political commentator Keith Locke.

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The Slater-Key Txt-Messages Trip-Up – Did Cameron Slater Plan this?

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

To those on the Left or who have followed John Key’s career, his lies over his txt-messaging with Cameron Slater will come as no surprise. With regards to bending the truth; misleading by omission or exaggeration; or outright mendacity, Key has ‘form’.

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When the teflon is stripped away…

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

. . To re-cap something I wrote on 13 September, regarding a hard-hitting interview between “The Nation’s” Lisa Owen and John Key; For possibly the first time since Stephen Sackur interviewed Key on Hard Talk in May, 2011, this [ TV3’s Lisa Owen on “The Nation”, and our esteemed  Prime Minister] was a moment when […]

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My Select Committee submission against the “terrorist fighters” bill

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

There simply is no need to pass this legislation, let alone to rush it.
What is the risk? Experts like Richard Jackson of Otago University say the evidence shows that that it is extremely rare for returning jihadis to commit terrorist acts in their home country. It is wrong to create law, which offends our human rights, just to cover some very unlikely or exceptional future event.

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Pixies in the Garden? Making money

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

What money really is, is a circulatingmedium of exchange that may also be used as a store of credit. In other words, the purpose of money is to be spent on goods and services, but it doesn’t have to be spent straight away. Money is a social technology, and, as such, it is made by human rather than otherworldly pixies.

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE – Government must allow further scrutiny of Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

As the New Zealand government seeks to rush new through new anti-terror legislation, Amnesty International is raising grave concerns over the speed at which the Bill is being rushed through Parliament and is calling for an extension to the consultation period.

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