Category Archives: Society

The world gone mad or is it just me ?

A mad world out there where ever we look The year 2016 is shaping up as one of the craziest in living memory. And mine goes back to World War II. Bristol Mural That was the opening sentence of this … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism: The Beast Thou shall not name

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems One of the most interesting pieces I read recently was by George Monbiot in The Guardian about Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems It opened … Continue reading

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“Criminal” gang shows more compassion than Government

Dangerous Drug Laws There is no law more harmful to the common good than the drug laws still enforced in most countries around the world including New Zealand. The hideous thing about it is the fact that they have been deliberately designed to … Continue reading

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One picture worth a 1000 words

Recently former first lady Nancy Reagan – the one who introduced astrology into all the important White House decision making – has died. At her funeral this photo was taken : President Bush II & Hillary Clinton If there was … Continue reading

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US Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s Valentine’s Gift

Is it a gift to New Zealand ? If we like it or not the US Supreme Court matters to us in New Zealand as much as the rest of the “Western” world. We just signed the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement … Continue reading

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Waitangi Week with a Happy Ending

Lets not get into the annual Waitangi Day racist redneck rants of the uneducated idiots populating our media. They are just a sad indictment of their barren minds and of their media handlers’ desire to find an ever lower common … Continue reading

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Opotiki – New Zealand’s Colonial Past & Present

Summertime in Opotiki During the summer break we visited Opotiki for just a couple of hours.  The small Eastern Bay of Plenty town made a deep impression on me. Our friend a local school teacher got his car fixed and we … Continue reading

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Church of Neoliberalism

Traditional Religions I was baptised and raised as a Christian with Sunday school and later confirmation. To be precise I was a Protestant, which according to Monty Python’s “Meaning of Life” allowed me to buy condoms. However before I ever had … Continue reading

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We are better than this

The recent Canadian election campaign, which ended in the defeat of the conservative Harper government featured one outstanding campaign ad. It was not produced by the opposition but Adbusters, the Vancouver based anti-consumerist organisation. Even if it is pretty shocking … Continue reading

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They have Guns. F–k them. We have Champaign. *

It took me more than a week to turn to one of the more important events of the year the terrorist attacks of Friday the 13th in Paris.  First I had to let the tsunami of media coverage wash over me, let … Continue reading

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