Category Archives: Society

History is knocking on our door

Today I have woken to the best news for ages, the Greek election win for the anti-austerity Syriza party. This is not only good news for Greece but Europe and the planet. This is a defeat of the criminal austerity … Continue reading

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Capitalism is winning: We are cooked.

It’s official: 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. According to both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the year 2014 was the hottest ever measured, based on records going back to the year 1880, The Washington Post reported … Continue reading

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I am not “Charlie Hebdo” I am not an “Journal Irresponsable”

The Charlie Hebdo and anti-Jewish attacks in Paris is a story of two distinct parts. The second is only too familiar. The first is the story of a few mad, misguided, violent criminals, known to the authorities, murdering innocent people at will and in turn being killed. … Continue reading

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Don’t start another War – Call the Police

At the beginning of the year 2015 it is time to reflect. This is what I am reflecting on this time: $14 Million (US) an Hour for 13 Years: War on Terror’s Astounding Cost For the investment in some cardboard … Continue reading

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The Christmas present too much of a temptation !

In desperation on the last day before Christmas I visited a local artist who had supplied beautiful presents before, one of which was sadly destroyed in a recent storm. I didn’t find what I was looking for till he pointed … Continue reading

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Thank you Brian Tamaki

Thank you Brian Tamaki for reminding us what religion is all about. Last Sunday you had the brilliant idea to demonstrate the essence of your Destiny Church by letting your congregation shower cash on you/your stage. Your media stunt however goes beyond … Continue reading

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State’s “social” role : Corporate Welfare

I have to thank Brian Fallow for his article in the NZ Herald of 28 November to have alerted me to the “Productivity Commission’s” inquiry into how to improve the market for social services. My old nightmare predictions were confirmed. Our neo-liberal … Continue reading

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Planet Key

Toby Manhire in the NZ Herald on 21 Nov 14 quotes John Key talking on a Northland radio station “When we talk about the Treaty and sovereignty and all those matters, you take a step back and say, well, what was really … Continue reading

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Big money in politics – final proof that TPP is bad for you

New Zealand businesses tell Key they plan campaign to sell Kiwis on trade deal’s merits once it’s signed so the NZ Herald tells us. This raises some interesting questions. One is the role of money in politics in general. The other … Continue reading

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