Category Archives: Society

David Attenborough: Don’t mention Climate Change

Like most I have been a admirer of David Attenborough ever since I first got to watch the BBC Our World series with my children who were as mesmerised as I to see the wonders of nature in our living … 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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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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Media: Neoliberal corporate propaganda or just sloppy journalism ?

One of the features of the Reagan/Thatcher neoliberal revolution over the last 30 plus years – in New Zealand called Rogernomics – is growing inequality. The rich are getting richer at the expense of the poor getting poorer. This is expressed in … 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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Government experiment on the mentally ill without Ethics Committee approval

Buried among the long weekend non-news the item on mental health bonds made me choke on my dinner. This government, which fancies itself compassionate conservative after throwing a 25 dollar bone to the poorest of the poor is showing its true … Continue reading

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FIFA : So much more than a crime syndicate

Corruption allegations around FIFA are as old as the now over 30 year leadership of it’s newly re-elected president Sepp Blatter. FIFA under his leadership has been compared by insiders and outsider alike to the Mafia. The charges are that FIFA and/or … Continue reading

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Campbell Live vs Kardashian’s Arse

The reaction of the mainstream media to the axing of Campbell Live was predictably superficial. No deep analysis nor compassion. The analysis must include the almost constitutional – if only we had a constitution – role of independent media in a democracy. … Continue reading

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Moving deck chairs on the Titanic while the band is playing

My ‘post-budget’ blog is off to a slow start. Listening to the commentariat constipates the mind. This is of course intentional. We are not to be enlightened but rather confused and distracted from the big picture. One little morsel to … Continue reading

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