The world was rocked by the Panama Papers, a who's who of who'd rather not be who's who'd. This rot goes all the way to the top - is that the point?
Also; all you can eat pizza hut, class war, and the re-re-reanimation of political corpse Don Brash, this time with bonus racist conspiracy theories.
Hello, and welcome to our Five Hundredth Episode!
In the news; we discuss people out on the streets scrounging for change and attention: wannabe mayoral candidates. Will banning begging work or ahahahahahahaha. Here's that Wellingtonista article.
Health and safety changes, Kiwibank dissolves, Helen Clark makes a move and Coleman eats slops and loves it.
The flag referendum has happened. Are we a nation of know-nothing, culturally-cringey hayseeds who can't see past our noses? Or are we cool?
Also; Fast food! The celebration of dysfunction in alternative music hero building! Hip hop!
Bernie Sanders made a friend. Hillary Clinton loses momentum - is that all? The Republican garbage fire burns on. Real life romcoms are as creepy as you remember from the 90s.
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.
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.
Hey, how's it going?
In the news: our new name is revealed!
Plus, there's a cabinet reshuffle/unshuffle/deshuffle/stacking. Seymour turns down a job and doesn't lose his benefit. Collins comes in to clean up a mess she created and somebody else found.
Also; punk. Specifically; Blink 182.
Hey how's it going?
We haven't rerenamed ourselves yet, so there's still time to flick that recommendation through, brah.
In the news this hour: what we did in our weekend (raves, it turns out). Smoking. Being told off. Pigeons. Twitter.
This was recorded seven days ago. World events of the weekend, should we ever talk about them, happened after this was recorded.
Big things going on - we still need a name for one. At me.
Labour Party Conference was last weekend, and was atypically chill. There's a a focus on the economy, but Boots Theory argues that doesn't mean they've neglected the human side of politics.
The disgraceful scenes in parliament show no sign of abating. Nor the injustice in Australia.
We are still BLUE STREAK while we figure out what we should actually be called. Got an idea? Yell it @_BlueStreak.
In the bloody news: Unemployment up, Wellington council contractors' pay up, Irish drug restrictions down, Goff sideways.
This was recorded well in advance of the travesty in parliament today. We'll get there.
Thanks everybody for sticking by us as we overhaul this mother. Actually had a bit of a stats bump in the midst of this. Did you all hate the old name after all? Thanks for letting us know, you champions.
Hey, we've changed our name. You may have know us as the Egonomist before, that's over. We are, for the next couple of weeks, BLUE STREAK. When we come up with something better, we'll change it again for good. YOU CAN HELP! Let us know your suggestions - gizza tweet.
Today we talk about Guy Fawkes, NZ First, Parihaka, Dave's cricket career, Prince Charles gets a kiss.
What's with New Zealand journalism when two reporters get done in by the fuzz? Heather du Plessis-Allan gets a gun, and trouble. Tova O'Brien sneaks cameras into a thing, or whatever, and goes to gaol.
Is Renoir a bad painter? Yes, he's dead.
And would you like LIES with that? A big mac is served with a big whack taken out of it, and nobody's owning up to chomping it.
Hey, Dave was a guest on The Year Of Reading Massively episodes 8 parts 1 and 2, and it was a blast.
You can't go two minutes these days without running smack into bitter intergenerational warfare, can you?
And now; Sport: We do our very best to understand the current scandal rocking the cricket world. We try to understand the hoopla and horror around the Rugby World Cup. Sports journalism vs politics journalism - which is better? (Trick question).
And in literature news: Slater's got a new book out about unions. His next book probably won't be PR tips.
PS: I've re-uploaded the previous episode with fixed audio if that was bothering you. Who knows what we're doing.
Bill English stumbled over a surplus, accidentally fulfilling a promise he's made now for several years - but at what cost. Talks of the state pushing contraception and the concept of click-bait government - do they actually mean any of it? CYF reform gets passed out wide to Paula Rebstock. And Dan encounters a mattress.
Hello - right before you get stuck into this I think you aught to be aware that the top of this discussion spends some time on sexual violence, in particular violence against trans women being held in male correctional facilities.
Please read http://noprideinprisons.org.nz
A note from Dave: in this I misspoke and said "it could have been anyone" when discussing the sexual violence experienced by a trans women incarcerated in a male prison. What I meant to convey by that is that the double-bunking of prisoners is a catalyst and multiplier of violence and risk for all incarcerated people. However this particular violence experienced by this trans women could not have happened to anybody - it is a violence faced exclusively by incarcerated trans women as a result of a confluence of shitty policies and inaction. Hopefully the wider point is made in the rest of the discussion around it but that line I used has been bugging me since I said it - it is incorrect.
In more a more light-hearted, light-headed vein: Dan went to the gym and you'll never guess what happened next.
Serious and horrific goings on in the middle east theatre of war. Is history repeating as Cold War players line up for a rematch? The history of the nuclear deterrent and the horrid little mistakes which got us here.
The TPPA, at time of recording, has yet to be finalised. What will it look like? Are we all going to be paying $700 a pill while pouring milk out into the sink?