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Hate Speech Is an Evitable Evil

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, May 19th, 2019 - 72 comments

Online behaviour like any other behaviour can be modified but this will not happen by itself.

Kiwi Cultural Cringe is Alive and Well

Written By: - Date published: 4:00 pm, April 22nd, 2019 - 75 comments

New Zealand is too small for high-achievers and star-performers and does not offer enough challenges and rewards.

Reflections on Free Speech and Public Discourse

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, April 15th, 2019 - 119 comments

Silencing dissonant voices only leads to more and stronger dissonant voices and further radicalisation.

Pride and police

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, November 26th, 2018 - 110 comments

A guest post by Joel Walsham on the decision of the Auckland Pride Board to request the police not to march at the Pride parade in uniform.

Kiwi values

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, October 1st, 2018 - 106 comments

New Zealand First at its conference on the weekend passed a remit to calling for immigrants and refugees to “respect New Zealand values” which are founded on Christianity.

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?

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.

Hallelujah Parliament to pass law allowing for wiping of convictions for engaging in homosexual behaviour

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, April 3rd, 2018 - 13 comments

It is predicted that today Parliament will pass a law allowing for the expunging of convictions of adults for engaging in homosexual behaviour.

Nuclear Options.

Written By: - Date published: 12:13 pm, January 17th, 2018 - 54 comments

What could possibly be wrong in opting for a nuclear option?!

Australia supports same sex marriage

Written By: - Date published: 12:18 pm, November 15th, 2017 - 21 comments

Australian electors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of allowing same sex marriages.

If it’s not gay, it’s not gay

Written By: - Date published: 12:46 pm, October 6th, 2017 - 10 comments

The Rainbow Youth video that went viral.

We Are All ‘Identarian’ Now

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 am, February 14th, 2017 - 106 comments

There has been an unfortunate trend developing in recent weeks, of negatively labelling people who dare to have a different opinion on equality to the labeller, as identarian. This description is something to be appreciated in these times when dark forces appear to be on the rise again.

The service you do for others…

Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, June 5th, 2016 - 12 comments

Muhammad Ali: “The service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”

What the flag vote means

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, March 25th, 2016 - 105 comments

Here are some reckons, for what they’re worth.

Meet the new flag…

Written By: - Date published: 6:50 pm, March 24th, 2016 - 238 comments

… same as the old flag.

Key didn’t take the country with him.

Now let’s get back to the real issues.

Flag distraction result today

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, March 24th, 2016 - 133 comments

Bragging rights I guess to whomever best predicts the outcome.

Family First on the important issues of the day

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, March 14th, 2016 - 13 comments

Don’t conservative cranks have anything better to do with their time?

The All Powerful Labour Party

Written By: - Date published: 10:49 am, March 7th, 2016 - 66 comments

Apparently the Labour Party is so all powerful and persuasive that roughly 2/3 of the electorate is under its spell. That bodes well for the next election!

intersections

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 4th, 2016 - 66 comments

You can talk all you like about the economy and the 1% and the capitalist system and the environment and growing inequality, but if you can’t include an intersectional analysis into your description of the problem and into your solutions, then all that talk does not include me and will not be of any use to me.

Candidate flag not fit for purpose

Written By: - Date published: 9:28 pm, February 2nd, 2016 - 34 comments

Apart from being a symbolic fail of epic proportions, the “wrong colour flag” fiasco highlights the fact that the candidate flag isn’t even fit for purpose…

Newshub (and another flag poll)

Written By: - Date published: 2:32 pm, February 1st, 2016 - 6 comments

3 News is dead, replaced by Newshub. That’s News Hub, not New Shub. Though New Shub would be funnier.

Building a mass movement

Written By: - Date published: 3:13 pm, January 19th, 2016 - 58 comments

Republished by request, and permission from Stephanie Rodgers at Boots Theory

[Content note: mentions of transphobia, sexual violence and violence against people of colour]

Flag observations

Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, December 12th, 2015 - 95 comments

The current result (black and blue fern) is preliminary and may still change when the final vote is announced on Tuesday. Other observations from Twitter last night…

Flag distraction – first referendum

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, November 21st, 2015 - 135 comments

The delivery of the ballots in the first first flag referendum is getting a bit of attention from bored journalists. We the people don’t seem to care much though.

Labour, identity, class and winning

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, November 9th, 2015 - 54 comments

The question of identity politics and Labour’s direction just never go away. But maybe we’re just thinking about it all wrong.

US ship visit and nuclear free NZ

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, October 31st, 2015 - 77 comments

The US has been invited to send a ship to NZ. One News has a headline about a “nuclear ship”. Explosive if true, but I think this is an error. There is some confusion on the matter, let’s hope it is cleared up fast.

Key not taking us with him on the flag

Written By: - Date published: 11:06 am, October 23rd, 2015 - 30 comments

John Key’s antics trying to drum up support for a flag change are getting increasingly desperate, but NZ isn’t listening.

An R-101 Post

Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, October 2nd, 2015 - 89 comments

Someone once made an art-work of a brick with some ‘guy ropes’ attached to represent the ill fated R-101 airship…

Government by Twitter

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 24th, 2015 - 66 comments

We have passed an interesting milestone in the evolution of NZ politics. Key’s poll-driven pandering has just been taken to the next level. Political / media dinosaurs will never be able to dismiss “The Twitterati” again.

Flagging a dead horse

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, September 23rd, 2015 - 212 comments

Gareth Morgan pulls no punches on the flag fiasco, and a breaking story on the Greens’ move to add Red Peak.

The flag poll

Written By: - Date published: 7:47 am, September 21st, 2015 - 88 comments

OK I confess I’m only writing this post because the chance to use that title tickled my fancy. But anyway – almost 70% of us oppose changing the flag.

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