Welcome Standardistas

datePosted on 11:18, June 26th, 2009 by Lew

Lynn has linked through to us while The Standard is down – thanks. I won’t have time today to put much up, so in order that you’re not disappointed by the relative lack of content, here are a few other unusual suspects worth your attention:

  • BAGnewsNotes, because politics sometimes needs to be seen to be believed.
  • The Dr Seuss propaganda cartoon archive.
  • My old mate Gabe runs a radio show on FleetFM called Playing Singles, Drinking Doubles, dedicated to outlaw country, honky tonk, gospel, rock & roll, western swing and the blues.
  • The Objective Standard, whose watchword is Exploit The Earth Or Die. Magnificent in its delusion. Even the ad links on this site are interesting – here’s one to a book called The Values of Harry Potter: Lessons for Muggles. Who knew Harry Potter (by implication: JK Rowling) was a Rand cultist? Or wait, is it that Rand cultists are actually wizards? Clearly, since I can’t figure this out, I’m a muggle.
  • Here’s a wonderful montage of Fox News screengrabs. It’s a big file, but truly the gift which keeps on giving.
  • Save The Media – career journalist Gina Chen blogs on how old media can learn from new media.
  • The Peoples Cube – life behind the irony curtain. So overdone it initially made me wonder whether it was propaganda or ironic counter-propaganda, but nevertheless, an almost-endless trove of remarkably original material. Particularly righteous is the Pascal’s Global Warming Wager.
  • Submit on the Auckland local government reforms. Last stop today; train’s going to keep on rolling until it reaches the end of the line or the engineer dies.
  • Why Obama really won the Democratic primary.

Add your own unusual suspects in comments, if you like.

Cheers,
L

[If anyone has a post they'd like us to put up please email us (kiwipolitico @ kiwipolitico.com) and we'll get it posted! Anita]

8 Responses to “Welcome Standardistas”

  1. r0b on June 26th, 2009 at 13:35

    Those are some great links Lew.

    Maybe we’ve all just decided to take Friday off. But in case anyone feels like a “general discussion” thread there were a couple of headlines in The Herald this morning that caught the eye:

    Govt vetoed plan for $300 gift to everyone
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10580802

    MPs cut everything in public service except own spending
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10580801

    And not politics, but folk are talking about it:
    $36m – and straight back to work
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10580799

    I can’t help but feel that these people have made a mistake by letting their identities be known so publicly. Wish them luck…

    [Edited - made the links plain - the suggested XHTML tag above the comment bok didn't work for me, perhaps I was using it incorrectly]

  2. r0b on June 26th, 2009 at 13:43

    Hmm – the suggested XHTML tag for links didn’t work to me so they don’t exist in the above comment. (An attempt to edit is now stuck in moderation). I wonder if this version will work.

    Maybe everyone is taking Friday off, but just in case anyone feels like “general discussion”. A couple of headlines in The Herald this morning that caught the eye:

    Govt vetoed plan for $300 gift to everyone

    MPs cut everything in public service except own spending

    And not politics, but folk are talking about it:
    $36m – and straight back to work
    I can’t help but feel that these people have made a mistake by letting their identities be known so publicly. Wish them luck…

  3. Quoth the Raven on June 26th, 2009 at 15:45

    Here’s one: Goldman Sachs having record year, will pay record bonuses.
    Which is of course care of Barack Obama friend of the people bankers. Or you could read the world socialist take on it.
    Which has a list of former Goldman Sachs employees in Obama’s administration:

    • Mark Patterson, a former Goldman Sachs lobbyist, who is the chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (himself the former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York).
    • Reuben Jeffery III, former managing partner at Goldman Sachs, who holds the post of undersecretary of state for economic, business, and agricultural affairs.
    • Neel Kashkari, former Goldman Sachs vice president, who is the assistant secretary of the treasury for financial stability, responsible for administering the TARP funds.
    • Dianna Farrell, former financial analyst at Goldman Sachs, who serves as deputy director of the National Economic Council.

  4. r0b on June 26th, 2009 at 16:34

    Here’s one: Goldman Sachs having record year, will pay record bonuses.

    Yes – I saw that one too. Unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable.

  5. Lew on June 26th, 2009 at 18:32

    R0b, QtR, thanks.

    Re the $300 lump sum: I can see it not playing well either way; if National had done it, it would have been seen as mere tokenism compared to Rudd’s $900; having not done it they’re (rightly) in the gun for doing nothing for the ordinary battler. Imagine the shock, though, of a Nat government making such a non-regressive gesture!

    Re Goldman sachs – I don’t see what’s so unbelievable about it. Isn’t that the usual business model (externalise losses, privatise profits) at work?

    L

  6. jarbury on June 26th, 2009 at 20:37

    Hmmm… my blog is with bluehost too and has now been cut off. Wonder what’s going on there.

    I wonder how many people made submissions on the Super City legislation. There are going to be some extremely busy MPs over the next few weeks!

  7. r0b on June 27th, 2009 at 00:58

    Re Goldman sachs – I don’t see what’s so unbelievable about it. Isn’t that the usual business model (externalise losses, privatise profits) at work?

    Well yes. But (sadly) that’s usually obscure news, business as usual. But the crisis and the bail out are real news, everyone knows about them. They take billions in tax payer funded bailouts and then a few months later have the bare faced effrontery to award themselves huge bonuses for their “success”!? WTF? This time it’s not just a saying – these people have no shame. None. They’re just thieves.

  8. Pascal's bookie on June 28th, 2009 at 00:20

    Add your own unusual suspects in comments, if you like.

    Lucian Truscott IV, (60′s ‘new journalism’ practitioner, now novelist), is writing his latest novel as a blog. (writing not publishing)

    http://www.generalbongoswar.com/

    You’ll have to scroll down to get to the beginning, as it were, but he’s only just started so if anyone wants to read it , best start soon.

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