Category Archives: politics

Public bad Private good – A myth that won’t die

The Privatisation myth lives on One of the cornerstones of neoliberal dogma is privatisation of public assets and services. PRIVATISATION. Sell state-owned enterprises, goods and services to private investors. This includes banks, key industries, railroads, toll highways, electricity, schools, hospitals … Continue reading

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War on drugs is war on us

Drug laws are based on racial discrimination against the Chinese. This fact should get your attention in the current climate in New Zealand where everyone pretends to be so politically correct about racism against the ethnic Chinese. Drug laws are still discriminating on … Continue reading

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From Greece to Germany. When will we focus on the elephant in the room ?

We are living in interesting times. The last few weeks were especially fascinating to watch. We are witnessing history in the making First all eyes were on Greece. The narrative was all about the Greeks bringing their dire plight all … Continue reading

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Racism in Real Estate ?

First the facts : 1.     The Auckland housing market has gone crazy over the last few years making it all but impossible for first home buyers on average incomes to buy a house. The situation has become so … Continue reading

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Yanis Varoufakis – What a man !

Since my last post the Greek tragedy has entered its next act. The referendum produced a surprisingly clear result on the bailout terms : NO  –  61% Yes  – 39% As the play will have a few more acts to go and … Continue reading

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Greek Tragedy : Don’t piss off the Gods !

What is happening to Greece is a tragedy of epic proportions and it has all the qualities of the classical period. There are many parts where the old chorus has reason to wail and lament. As I write we are of … Continue reading

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Beneficiaries shovelling shit : Priceless

Last weekend’s record floods in Whanganui are not an isolated local event.The event itself and our government’s reaction are part of a bigger picture. The devastating rainfall didn’t come out of nowhere and the government’s response is part of our general … Continue reading

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Climate: Will New Zealand fight alongside the elves or the orcs ?

Following the militaristic culture and thinking of our ally and only remaining superpower America we frame all our problems in terms of war. War on drugs, war on terror, war on weeds and the list goes on. I am desperately … Continue reading

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Let’s kill a corp – where is the terminator when we need him most ?

You might have missed a disturbing piece in the NZ Herald under the headline “Humans can’t win against US killer robots“. Two programmes commissioned by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are seeking to create drones which can track … Continue reading

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One cartoon a thousand thoughts

Sad but true. We are remembering, commemorating, celebrating – call it what you like – 100 years Gallipoli by again sending our young men into the Middle East on a mission impossible. Ever since the enormous cost of the WWI … Continue reading

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