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Glenn Greenwald on…

Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, July 19th, 2018 - 108 comments

Excerpts from Glenn Greenwald speaking on Democracy Now! (h/t Adrian Thornton)

Oh, Yulia!

Written By: - Date published: 3:05 pm, July 18th, 2018 - 57 comments

Whodunnit?

Wool. Eyes. Pull.

Written By: - Date published: 5:52 pm, July 16th, 2018 - 8 comments

As though politicians with a social democratic bent don’t have enough to contend with…

In Short…

Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, July 14th, 2018 - 49 comments

A post puzzling over our collective state of mind in the face of incredible danger and suggesting the only course of action we can take. Covering our eyes and blocking our ears isn’t it.

Free Speech.

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, July 11th, 2018 - 179 comments

It’s a principle.

Progress.

Written By: - Date published: 5:21 pm, July 8th, 2018 - 10 comments

I don’t pay much attention to news channels these days, and realise this will have been all over the place in the shape of headlines and lead stories. So I’m sorry for simply echoing that which is already being amplified, but hey…

Smile!

Written By: - Date published: 4:45 pm, July 7th, 2018 - 98 comments

The extent and limits of current politics.

Novichok II

Written By: - Date published: 12:39 pm, July 6th, 2018 - 48 comments

And then there was five.

Arses and Elbows

Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, July 1st, 2018 - 50 comments

Deserving workers and undeserving workers in the public service.

updated

And then there was….

Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, June 29th, 2018 - 38 comments

The aftermath of Douma chemical attacks and Skripal poisonings…

Flying Kites.

Written By: - Date published: 2:34 pm, June 26th, 2018 - 21 comments

If we can’t see the wood for the trees, shouldn’t we simply step back a bit and look again?

The War on Carbon

Written By: - Date published: 6:02 am, June 22nd, 2018 - 50 comments

Or a conscientious objection to any War on Climate Change, or War on Global Warming.

A Question from a Room.

Written By: - Date published: 6:02 am, June 19th, 2018 - 113 comments

Take a look around the room you’re in. Or if you’re out and about and reading this on some mobile device, then take a look around the next room you enter. Closely.

Let’s Build a Hospital!

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, June 14th, 2018 - 19 comments

…on reclaimed land. (Dunedin) – because water features are nice things to have.

Liberalism Uber Alles

Written By: - Date published: 11:29 am, June 13th, 2018 - 32 comments

If the political class think liberalism has failed, then why is it that the process of killing off NZ Post is approaching completion?

New World Disorder.

Written By: - Date published: 11:49 am, June 12th, 2018 - 45 comments

Liberalism was meant to be the New World Order and even (so the briefly celebrated  Fukiyama reckoned anyway) an End to History. Big stuff then. But it seems the placid and complacent consensus is fraying round the edges.

Sonic Attack

Written By: - Date published: 12:01 pm, June 8th, 2018 - 93 comments

What follows isn’t satire or parody. Apparently.

Steaming cow poo.

Written By: - Date published: 11:57 am, June 2nd, 2018 - 54 comments

Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth according to a Guardian headline.

Yeah. No it’s not.

Strange Democracy.

Written By: - Date published: 11:38 am, May 30th, 2018 - 30 comments

Quietly mulling on the difference between foreign interference (malign) and influence (benign).

Autonomy.

Written By: - Date published: 11:13 am, May 27th, 2018 - 29 comments

So women in ‘half’ of an island have bodily autonomy.

Yulia wants to go home.

Written By: - Date published: 10:55 am, May 25th, 2018 - 59 comments

Oops. Was this desire meant to be in the script?

Deep Trawling.

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, May 24th, 2018 - 21 comments

Is NZ’s fishing industry just a domestic version of the tobacco companies? And how much would that really matter?

Wipeout

Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, May 21st, 2018 - 31 comments

How many wake up calls does it take?

Fudget for Austerity

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, May 19th, 2018 - 71 comments

Some proposals on why we just got the budget we did.

An Existential Threat.

Written By: - Date published: 10:59 am, May 18th, 2018 - 30 comments

Is it a propaganda ploy these days to present the “utterly ridiculous” so that people, unable to engage or compute, turn away?

Democratic Party thunks on Gaza

Written By: - Date published: 12:25 pm, May 16th, 2018 - 65 comments

The “lesser of two evils” speaks its mind.

America’s Cares.

Written By: - Date published: 2:02 pm, May 15th, 2018 - 12 comments

It must be nice to be breathing in that rarefied air that exists up beyond the reaches of here.

Donald’s Desperation.

Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, May 15th, 2018 - 37 comments

Whoever would have thought way back in 1967 that Sandy Shaw would nail the US’s foreign policy on Israel?

Kites.

Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, May 12th, 2018 - 3 comments

Flying kites is…

No Iran Israeli War.

Written By: - Date published: 10:58 am, May 12th, 2018 - 11 comments

In spite of all the sharp intakes of breathe going on across media outlets, there will be no war between Iran and Israel. Here’s why.

Rogue Nation(s)

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, May 9th, 2018 - 30 comments

Just some thoughts that kind of meandered down to the ocean.

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