Open mike 04/11/09

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2 comments on “Open mike 04/11/09”

  1. prism 1

    In USA a lawyer is trying to protect Sirhan Sirhan in prison still for the killing of Robert Kennedy. He considers his client was under the influence of mind control set up by the CIA. Would sound fanciful but so many unbelievable things have come from that source.

    Was it Alice in A in Wonderland said something like – “I always think six unbelievable things before breakfast.”
    Is the USA actually a civilised country? What does civilisation actually mean? Are we better or the same, we could hardly be worse. ??? Will I go on a list of possible terrorists for thinking unbelievable things?

  2. Alan Gibbs – aspirant Kiwi dictator? Apparently so.

    According to Stuff…

    A Kiwi multi-millionaire is to invite high-paying guests on to his Never Never Land-style farm to hear how he would rule New Zealand.

    Richlister Alan Gibbs will host former National Party leader Don Brash and ACT founder Sir Roger Douglas to discuss what they would do as “New Zealand’s dictator for a year”.

    If guests at the champagne lunch aren’t interested in politics they can wander among the farm’s priceless giant sculptures and African wildlife. Gibbs, 70, has lavished some of his $450m fortune on The Farm, a 404-hectare sculpture park at Kaipara Harbour….

    ….The benefit will raise money for independent think tanks the Centre for Political Research and the Centre for Resource Management Studies.

    Dr Brash, friends with Mr Gibbs since primary school, said the topic up for debate was “an enticing one”. He said he might speak about his plans to close the income gap between New Zealanders and Australians by 2025.

    Apologies to C.Francis/Fairfax.

    However, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to most commentators – the New Right was always anti-democratic. But Gibbs as Grand Poobah? Surely they can do better?

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