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SOLO-International Op-Ed: Kroes Crows as Intel Is Shafted

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Submitted by PhilipD on Thu, 2009-05-14 16:13

Indeed, Ms Neelie Kroes, the European Union’s Competition Commissioner could barely contain her cackle in a press conference to announce the decision when she crowed that 'Intel would now have to chan

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Mzzz Kroes — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2009-05-16 12:26

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SOLO-NZ Op-Ed: A One-eyed Demonic Bastard Thanks You for Your Donation

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Submitted by PhilipD on Wed, 2009-03-04 15:41

SOLO-NZ Op-Ed: A One-eyed Demonic Bastard Thanks You for Your Donation

Philip Duck
March 5, 2009

Between one-third and one-half of Cambodians live in crushing poverty as they try to survive on a dollar or less a day.That poverty motivates many poor peasant families to sell their young daughters into brothels; one-third of Cambodia’s prostitutes are under the age of seventeen and sentenced to a life of being caged in a grubby shack to service grubby men, for nothing more than a bowl of rice each day.

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Kudos — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2009-03-07 00:47
The Dead Kennedys — by mvardoulis on Fri, 2009-03-06 06:38
Not good — by gregster on Thu, 2009-03-05 02:47

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SOLO-NZ Op-Ed: A Rongoa Rort

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Submitted by PhilipD on Mon, 2009-01-19 14:46

SOLO-NZ Op-Ed: A Rongoa Rort

Philip Duck
January 21, 2009

Put 3 teaspoons of fresh Kumarahou leaf in a glass and fill with boiled water. Cover and allow infusing for 15-30 minutes. Drink. It’s a suggested treatment for cancer.

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Charlatans — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2009-01-22 04:19
To Life! — by Lucas Stevenson on Thu, 2009-01-22 02:52
No smear campaign here, — by PhilipD on Wed, 2009-01-21 23:05

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The Right to a Lamington and a Latte

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Submitted by PhilipD on Thu, 2009-01-15 03:16

Yesterday, Mustafa Tekinkaya, the owner of an Invercargill café, refused service to two Israeli sisters in a personal demonstration against the injustices that he perceives are occurring in Gaza.

Recent Comments:
reed — by 0 on Fri, 2009-01-16 20:45
FAIL — by Billy Beck on Fri, 2009-01-16 13:24
Not  to split hairs...but — by Jeremy on Fri, 2009-01-16 11:42

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SOLO-NZ Op-Ed: 'Drunken Night Out on the Grog - No Harm Done'

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Submitted by PhilipD on Tue, 2009-01-13 11:05

SOLO-NZ Op-Ed: 'Drunken Night Out on the Grog - No Harm Done'

Philip Duck
January 14, 2009

Recently it has been the newspapers leading the puritanical charge against alcohol.


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FAT-FREE YET FAT-HEADED

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Submitted by PhilipD on Sun, 2008-12-28 05:02

Clearly the person who today wrote the New Zealand Herald's Business Editorial has taken dreary dietician Sarah Elliot's Christmas advice. They must be on the vegetable sticks, fruit, and topless mince pies, whilst avoiding alcohol, anything deep-fried, and chocolate cake.

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Philip — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2008-12-29 06:02

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No Work, Lots of Income

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Submitted by PhilipD on Sun, 2008-12-21 06:03

In July 2007 a family whose house burnt down spent 10 nights at the Christchurch hotel, Towers on the Park. Their stay was paid for by Work and Income and cost the New Zealand taxpayer $2,300. Work and Income refused to say whether this amount would ever have to be re-paid by the family.

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Philip, — by gregster on Mon, 2008-12-22 02:32
Greg — by PhilipD on Sun, 2008-12-21 10:35
 'I'll marry her — by PhilipD on Sun, 2008-12-21 10:09

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Ooh No, Not A Lavish Party!

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Submitted by PhilipD on Wed, 2008-12-17 03:21

Jared Savage’s sad, envy-ridden and just plain stupid story in today’s New Zealand Herald, presents further evidence - should you require it - of the dire state of journalism in New Zealand. And the mind-set of many New Zealanders too, I guess; presumably they lap this sort of stuff up.

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Luke — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2008-12-18 03:19
Alcohol and Eating — by PhilipD on Thu, 2008-12-18 02:30
Due to popular request ... — by Luke H on Wed, 2008-12-17 23:56

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SOLO-NZ Press Release: Commerce Commission Crumbums

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Submitted by PhilipD on Mon, 2008-12-15 10:41

SOLO-NZ Press Release: Commerce Commission Crumbums

December 16, 2008

The hopeless bureaucrats of New Zealand’s Commerce Commission have again decided to sink their fangs where they do not belong, notes SOLO spokesman Philip Duck.

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'...although she doesn't — by PhilipD on Wed, 2009-09-02 10:19
Decent reply — by gregster on Wed, 2009-09-02 09:42
In an email to Lianne — by PhilipD on Wed, 2009-09-02 06:58

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SOLO-NZ Press Release: Bolshevik Bollocks, Bollard!

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Submitted by PhilipD on Thu, 2008-12-11 07:17

SOLO-NZ Press Release: Bolshevik Bollocks, Bollard!

December 12, 2008

Would it be too much to expect the Reserve Bank Governor to have some sort of understanding of basic economics? asks SOLO spokesman Philip Duck.

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 In an editorial the NZ — by PhilipD on Sat, 2008-12-13 01:29
Retailers of whiteware and — by PhilipD on Sat, 2008-12-13 01:09
The Cost of Government — by sallyo on Thu, 2008-12-11 18:52

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SOLO-NZ Op-Ed: The ARC—Where Nothing Glitters

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Submitted by PhilipD on Wed, 2008-12-10 14:58

SOLO-NZ Op-Ed: The ARC—Where Nothing Glitters

Philip Duck
December 11, 2008

‘The Auckland Regional Council Group (ARC Group) manages the region's air and water quality, its growth and development, regional parks, public transport, the coastal and marine environment, and natural and cultural heritage sites .’

And that’s not all! The council also finances … umm … football  matches!

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'A sporting disaster — by PhilipD on Wed, 2010-01-20 03:07

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Sailing Solo

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Submitted by PhilipD on Sun, 2008-11-16 05:52

On Saturday morning Mike Perham cast off from Portsmouth, England, thus beginning his attempt to sail solo around the world.

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Young Man and the Sea — by Jameson on Sun, 2008-11-16 14:11
I hope he's talented — by gregster on Sun, 2008-11-16 07:03

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Muslim Representation on the Security Council

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Submitted by PhilipD on Sun, 2008-09-28 00:40

 

 

UN News Centre, 27 September 2008 – "The world’s estimated 1.1 billion Muslims deserve specific representation on an expanded Security Council, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister said today, calling for any reform of the 15-member body United Nations body to consider the need for a variety of constituencies as well as greater geographic distribution."


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SOLO-International Op-Ed: Milk Scandal Hypocrisy

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Submitted by PhilipD on Sat, 2008-09-27 05:13

SOLO-International Op-Ed: Milk Scandal Hypocrisy

Philip Duck

September 27, 2008

HONG KONG (Reuters) – 'Up to five percent of infants in Shanghai could have kidney stones after drinking tainted milk formula, media reported on Friday, as publicity surrounding the scandal was muted by China’s manned space launch.'

That the response to the Chinese tainted milk scandal has been muted is true.

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PhilipD — by 0 on Mon, 2008-09-29 22:32
Gratuitous insults — by Ptgymatic on Mon, 2008-09-29 21:26
Debauched animals — by Luke H on Mon, 2008-09-29 03:59

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SOLO-International Op-Ed: In Defence of the Businessman

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Submitted by PhilipD on Mon, 2008-09-22 12:58

SOLO-International Op-Ed: In Defence of the Businessman

By Philip Duck

September 23, 2008

When looking back at the financial crisis of 2008 you can be sure that most people won’t be thinking about failures of the market or whether that market was truly free.

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Related reading — by gregster on Fri, 2008-09-26 01:45
Submitted to Real Clear — by Lance on Mon, 2008-09-22 22:12
Way to go — by Ptgymatic on Mon, 2008-09-22 16:58

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SOLO-NZ Press Release: NZDF—Can’t Fight, Float or Fly!

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Submitted by PhilipD on Tue, 2008-09-16 13:16

SOLO-NZ Press Release: NZDF—Can’t Fight, Float or Fly!

September 17, 2008

Recently, the Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae wrote, "Those who doubt the courage, commitment, comradeship or integrity of the men and women of New Zealand Defence Force are misinformed."

Recent Comments:
Kawai — by PhilipD on Sun, 2008-09-21 04:17
I don't really buy your — by kaiwai on Sun, 2008-09-21 03:19
I don't really — by PhilipD on Sat, 2008-09-20 16:34

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What do we want? Less democracy.

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Submitted by PhilipD on Mon, 2008-09-15 04:50

Most of you will be aware of the recent troubles in Thailand. Some of you may be interested in the depth and nature of the crisis. Here is my take.

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All calm here now, Lindsay. — by PhilipD on Wed, 2009-04-15 08:21
Fuck a duck, Duck! — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2009-04-15 07:50
Apologies Philip — by HWH on Mon, 2009-04-13 23:02

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SOLO-NZ Press Release: Love the Combo!

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Submitted by PhilipD on Wed, 2008-09-10 11:48

SOLO-NZ Press Release: Love the Combo!

September 11, 2008

According to news reports, McDonald's Fuel-Up Combo offers 10 cents a litre off fuel at Mobil service stations when buying a Big Mac, medium fries, medium soft drink and a hot apple pie for $9.50.

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Buy something, Sandi — by Ptgymatic on Thu, 2008-09-11 17:30
Do you know? — by Sandi on Thu, 2008-09-11 10:47
Sounds a bit like the — by 0 on Thu, 2008-09-11 05:31

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It's Settled Then?

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Submitted by PhilipD on Tue, 2008-09-02 05:58

'The Waitangi Tribunal received about 1000 new historic claims yesterday as applicants rushed to beat a midnight deadline. Tribunal director Darrin Sykes today said the last minute flood of claims pushed the total figure received since August 1 to about 2000.'

Recent Comments:
Guilty Spooks — by PhilipD on Wed, 2008-09-03 04:02
I am disgusted at how these — by Lance on Tue, 2008-09-02 07:29
Yes, a complete load of old — by 0 on Tue, 2008-09-02 06:27

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Pareto’s Criterion

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Submitted by PhilipD on Thu, 2008-08-28 14:58

‘The pay gap between the rich and poor has shrunk for the first time in 20 years, according to a new report on the nation's social wellbeing.’ This, says a lazy, stupid, journalist, a dreary professor and an envy-ridden poverty activist is a good thing.

 

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aah... — by PhilipD on Sat, 2008-08-30 01:26
Anyone "who" — by Ptgymatic on Fri, 2008-08-29 17:37
Sorry ... I didn't mean it — by Lance on Fri, 2008-08-29 06:28

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Let Ruthie Look After Them

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Submitted by PhilipD on Thu, 2008-08-28 05:37

The Ministry of Social Development’s  - te fucking purongo oranga tangata - Social Report for 2008 is out.


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Hula Hoops with Barbed Wire on the Seashore

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Submitted by PhilipD on Wed, 2008-08-20 05:22

And it's art.

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Nothing one doesn't see in — by Urban Parks on Thu, 2008-08-21 19:46
Yes you are quite correct, — by 0 on Wed, 2008-08-20 05:25

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SOLO-International Op-Ed: Quintana—Wimpy, Ineffectual, Pompous and Stupid

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Submitted by PhilipD on Tue, 2008-08-19 03:03

SOLO-International Op-Ed: Quintana—Wimpy, Ineffectual, Pompous and Stupid

Philip Duck
August 19, 2008

Tomas Ojea Quintana has been appointed the new UN human rights rapporteur for Burma.

Recent Comments:
For a second I didn't — by Jason Quintana on Mon, 2009-07-06 04:33
Christ, don't these bloody — by PhilipD on Mon, 2009-07-06 03:03
Correct — by Mitch on Mon, 2008-08-25 09:11

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The Sexual Orientation Census

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Submitted by PhilipD on Thu, 2008-08-14 07:31

“Statistics New Zealand has published a paper acknowledging for the first time ‘emerging interest’ in sexual orientation and behaviour.” 

I guess, when I think about it, I am surprised it has taken them so long. However, it seems that after a long campaign by gay activists that the Statistics Department is to begin a push to have sexual orientation included in the 2016 census.

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I must confess to never — by 0 on Fri, 2008-08-15 06:50
Philip — by Kasper on Fri, 2008-08-15 04:27
Luke — by gregster on Fri, 2008-08-15 04:21

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The 2008 Walking Conference

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Submitted by PhilipD on Tue, 2008-08-12 09:57

 

 Now that got your attention didn't it?


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The Dizzy Minister of Commerce

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Submitted by PhilipD on Thu, 2008-08-07 02:42

has received the report that she commissioned on N.Z petrol prices.

 

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Yep — by Luke H on Thu, 2008-08-07 03:51

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She just can't help meddling

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Submitted by PhilipD on Wed, 2008-08-06 07:12

 

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And — by PhilipD on Wed, 2008-08-06 11:04
Subject ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2008-08-06 11:01
Not very good for AGW! — by Callum McPetrie on Wed, 2008-08-06 10:04

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The Warm Glow

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Submitted by PhilipD on Wed, 2008-08-06 04:14

"Public servants earn more than private sector workers and have a "warm glow" from a belief that their work is useful to society."

 

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4 Day Working Weeks — by Euan on Tue, 2008-08-12 02:46
These drones — by PhilipD on Wed, 2008-08-06 08:03
These People are genuinely deluded... — by Euan on Wed, 2008-08-06 05:28

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Vote Buying Vote Selling

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Submitted by PhilipD on Sat, 2008-08-02 01:05

Does anyone have a problem with vote buying or vote selling?

 

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No — by Matty Orchard on Sat, 2008-08-02 22:18
Matty and Penn Jillette — by Ptgymatic on Sat, 2008-08-02 17:24
Mitch, I live in the Mount — by 0 on Sat, 2008-08-02 06:10

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Happy Birthday Ernest

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Submitted by PhilipD on Sun, 2008-07-20 13:36

  Ernest Hemingway has long been my favourite writer. I love his short stories and his novels, especially "Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls."  And, "The Old Man and the Sea" is truly the most beautiful book I have read.  

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Philip, I am glad you — by Newberry on Mon, 2008-07-28 01:35
Rosie — by PhilipD on Sun, 2008-07-27 09:40
And cock-fighting too! — by PhilipD on Sun, 2008-07-27 09:24

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