Protest, 2022: a great variety of morbid symptoms
Notes on the mood of New Zealand protest against power elites – an essay published by Newsroom.
The mind virus of right wing conspiracies
The danger here is because we live in the ‘bubble of the present’ some will believe the confusion being sown by the far right and conspiracy theorists, who now appear to be merging in a bizarre new ideology. It is important to resist this wave of dangerous nonsense.
One thing I have noticed really ramp up in recent times is the profusion of conspiracy theories on the internet.
UK election 2019 : lumps, bumps and pimples
As the dust settles on another wall collapsing in the crumbling house of parliamentary democracy, this time in the (currently) United Kingdom, there are many interpretations of what happened, how it happened, and why it happened. These range from AI Facebook bots to the new nationalism. The realignment of political forces around strange new fault…
Pacific, the Ocean of the Future
A book review
Refugee resettlement in New Zealand
A published opinion piece
A People’s History of the Broken Heartbreakers
A biographical article on Dunedin, New Zealand music group The Broken Heartbreakers.
Andrew Spittle’s internal exile
A biographical article on New Zealand musician Andrew Spittle
Retirement crisis looming
There is a retirement crisis in New Zealand. Experts have made a compelling case for an imminent “zombie apocalypse” of retired Kiwis, stalking the streets and cannibalising the disposable incomes of innocent passers by.
Palm Lagoon Hotel can save Dunedin
It has been cheering to read recent positive feedback about the proposed grand waterfront hotel situated off Dunedin’s premiere fishing wharf, henceforth to be known as the Palm Lagoon Precinct. The trouble with our small city is the overwhelming negativity we have towards ambitious projects proposed by visionary thinkers. After reading yet another glowing report…
Advice to mum and dad investors
I was impressed and excited to read a local finance broker’s advice to potential “mum and dad” investors in privatized public assets in the Otago Daily Times (Friday 6 July 2012). Mr Chris Timms of Craigs Investment Partners says any complaints about ordinary Kiwis not being able to get in on the sale of the…
Book review: Other People’s Wars
Book review: Other People’s Wars by Nicky Hager (Craig Potton Publishing) What are New Zealand soldiers doing in the Middle East? The accepted wisdom is that “we” are there for humanitarian purposes, assisting the rebuilding of a broken society, as part of a wider battle against terrorism and for democracy. Not so.