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Thank you Charlie.

Written By: - Date published: 10:56 pm, April 24th, 2017 - 60 comments

I took myself along to Dunedin’s March for Science last Saturday. There was a high point.

Left Rising.

Written By: - Date published: 2:49 pm, April 23rd, 2017 - 49 comments

In something over 24 hours time from now, the results from the first round of the French Presidential elections will be in.

Dog’s Breakfast.

Written By: - Date published: 12:40 pm, April 23rd, 2017 - 17 comments

If politicians are meant to represent people, then shouldn’t they explore ways to ensure that the people they represent get represented in government?

Black is White. Up is Down.

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, April 17th, 2017 - 133 comments

Media have a role to play, apparently…

Big Barrel Bomb

Written By: - Date published: 3:40 pm, April 14th, 2017 - 81 comments

Firstly, remember how you’re meant to feel about even the mere accusation of the use of barrel bombs. Now put those feelings aside.

Canada

Written By: - Date published: 3:18 pm, April 14th, 2017 - 20 comments

Every once in a while, an administration that doesn’t check it’s collective brain out at the door assumes office. That may be the case with Canada’s current government.

Framing Syria

Written By: - Date published: 5:34 pm, April 12th, 2017 - 48 comments

If you’re determined to  believe that western liberal democracy is essentially benign and only ever makes mistakes and honest mis-judgements, or is something that’s sometimes marred by an odd ‘bad apple’ or two, then this post on Syria probably isn’t the post for you.

World War?

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, April 7th, 2017 - 221 comments

Well…don’t know about you, but I’m feeling like I want to throw up.

Trumping Idiocy

Written By: - Date published: 4:59 pm, March 29th, 2017 - 28 comments

If you are absolutely determined to be one of the idiot legion who’re forever squirreling their heads deeper into sand, then don’t read this post.

Down the Gurgler.

Written By: - Date published: 4:18 pm, March 27th, 2017 - 69 comments

Getting sick, tired and angry of this malarkey.

Mosul and Aleppo. They’re spelled differently.

Written By: - Date published: 2:05 pm, March 26th, 2017 - 17 comments

Not so much a tale of two cities as the tales we were spun in relation to one.

Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, March 8th, 2017 - 99 comments

Some very quick initial thoughts on expected reactions.

Encouraging Signs

Written By: - Date published: 1:32 pm, March 3rd, 2017 - 25 comments

A refreshing shift in NZ’s political environment.

Heroes

Written By: - Date published: 1:33 pm, February 10th, 2017 - 75 comments

All the “nobody” people.

Kansas ANZUS.

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, February 5th, 2017 - 45 comments

What to do when your erstwhile ally loses the plot?

And in Canada…

Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, January 31st, 2017 - 14 comments

One border and a world of difference away…

Housing. Cut the Crap.

Written By: - Date published: 1:11 pm, January 24th, 2017 - 135 comments

All this housing malarkey…are we over it yet?

Everything Contained. Everyone Led.

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, January 23rd, 2017 - 12 comments

So what’s important? Millions on the streets and what might become of that, or how many more or fewer people attended a given President’s big day? Just asking…

Power Up!

Written By: - Date published: 10:51 pm, January 19th, 2017 - 41 comments

Some moment in time will be that moment in time when reality’s faced; when both actions and words accord with it. That moment might as well be this moment as opposed to any other.

100 Coal Fired Projects Scrapped.

Written By: - Date published: 3:17 pm, January 18th, 2017 - 16 comments

…including some already in the construction phase.

More Multi-millionaires than ever!

Written By: - Date published: 11:59 am, January 16th, 2017 - 98 comments

In this glorious  ‘go ahead’, ‘get ahead’ land of opportunity…

Hacking Schmacking

Written By: - Date published: 12:59 pm, January 7th, 2017 - 155 comments

In all seriousness. Apparently.

If home is where the heart is, then…

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, January 4th, 2017 - 188 comments

What have we become?

Question…

Written By: - Date published: 11:06 am, December 20th, 2016 - 84 comments

On Aleppo.

As politicians go…(II)

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, November 18th, 2016 - 7 comments

Two paths. One choice.

As politicians go….

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, November 18th, 2016 - 21 comments

Following voters in the USA adding yet another to a growing list of defeats for the radical centre….

I’m Arab and Many of Us Are Glad That Trump Won

Written By: - Date published: 12:42 pm, November 13th, 2016 - 49 comments

A challenging and provocative piece on Trump’s election victory from an Arab perspective.

Oh noes! The world’s not going to saved now!

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, November 13th, 2016 - 49 comments

Bollocks. It was never going to be.

Through the Looking Glass.

Written By: - Date published: 12:57 pm, October 31st, 2016 - 15 comments

The culture being addressed will be familiar enough to many here in NZ who deal with Work and Income. Government strategies to address that culture? Well, that’s another story. This isn’t just happening half a world away. It might as well be happening in another universe – back on the sane side of some looking glass NZ has fallen through.

Blogs and Activism

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, October 26th, 2016 - 63 comments

What contribution can a blog make to activism?

Bernie Sanders on…

Written By: - Date published: 10:51 am, October 19th, 2016 - 16 comments

Excerpts from a lengthy Bernie Sanders interview published in the ‘New Republic’.

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