Freedom campers - too much poop for civilisation to bear?
Brexit - is Britain calling time on its casual relationship of convenience with the continent? Will base populist politics trump hard-learned lessons from history, as almost always happens?
America keeps happening (feat. crack cocaine conspiracies).
Worker's rights, immigrants, building supplies - oh my.
Also, the Flag Debate Debate still rages - we conduct a very scientific poll on Dave.
Flag referendum kicks off and by gum, what a to do. Present wisdom holds that voters can be shamed by their stupidity into voting for change (this doesn't work, btw). Let the pathologisation of your enemies commence.
Bill English is in a cat and mouse game with budgetary surplus, in which no stone is left unturned, no concept left unsullied.
And, ACT are the new Green party.
Hey! New Zealander of the Year was announced, did you win?
The FBI and Apple are head to head in a game of cat and mouse.
The Oscars happened.
We bought a beach.
Dan went swimming (unrelated)
Subway return from the brink of brand collapse to talk about talking about sandwiches. And Chief Justice Scalia died recently.
Already the rhetoric around his replacement has a lot to tell us about how quickly the worship of proper process evaporates when it suits your opponent. The US is proper bananas at politics, what else is new.
Sorry about the wait. Today we talk online etiquette, dildos to the face, Kanye West, the Grammies, Christchurch and third-term-terminal-toryism.
In this episode; the TPPA is a thing that will almost certainly happen very soon. Are the political costs of fronting a secret deal you didn't do too well negotiating something you should have to wear as the government in charge of this kind of thing? Is this a loaded question?
Also; RoK are bad and suck and idiots. Their stated anti-female ideology is simply a threat, and threatening. Please read Stephanie's piece on them here, and if you can show up to an event near you to counter them. (Wgtn, Akl)
TVNZ unveil plans to launch a new male-focused television channel. Ha ha ha.
Corbyn; much like a sober analysis of the middle east, remains unpalatable to the mainstream.
And the flag.
Also in the news; farting on airplanes. Is this rude, or mandatory.
And David Bowie has died which is a surprisingly big deal.
Late antiquity had the Attila the Hun, the middle ages had Genghis Khan, and Boomers have Kids These Days. Can the violent scourge be stopped and civilisation saved?
In Australia, Peter Dutton sent a text.
And John Campbell's latest podcast episode on refugees and migration in New Zealand asks a stark question - are we a more open, accepting and compassionate society, or just lucky?
It's a new year. In the news media wasteland that is the holidays we have had a surprising number of armed insurrections. Is this Oregon's final form?
A boy ate a huge melon.
Star Wars happened to everybody, especially the poor men.
And there was a 5.9-on-the-richter-scale disturbance in the force in North Korea.