The Copenhagen shootings & building the case for the inhumanity of Muslims

On Morning Report, the public service radio station here in Aotearoa New Zealand, sandwiched between faux outrage that Andrew Little, the leader of the Labour party, paid a bill late and real outrage from the Greens party that Andrew Little doesn’t care what they think, a report on the Copenhagen shootings included an interview with… Read More The Copenhagen shootings & building the case for the inhumanity of Muslims

Fighting ISIS & the troublingly “high price” of being family with the USA and Britain

On 24 May 1965, Keith Holyoake and his Cabinet formally committed to provide combat troops to the growing conflict in Vietnam. Though they had provided modest support up until this date, this was the point at which our position became the position of our allies Australia and the USA. Over the next decade, more than… Read More Fighting ISIS & the troublingly “high price” of being family with the USA and Britain

Key plays up ISIS to betray our freedoms for a Security Council seat

John Key’s deliberately murky statements about New Zealanders who want to be “foreign fighters” and who are sympathetic to ISIS in late September have now led to a Cabinet briefing today suggesting legislative changes that will put us more in line with our allies and will no doubt lead to Key’s signposted decision to join the… Read More Key plays up ISIS to betray our freedoms for a Security Council seat

Gaza, Gaza, I have longed to gather your children, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings

My four children are sitting in our lounge watching “Frozen”. Again. The fire is roaring away, and they’re relaxed and quiet. I’m having a beer (a Founders 1981 IPA, I recommend it), and our dinner is bubbling away on the stove (turns out the kids didn’t like it). My wife is working on her diary. Tonight… Read More Gaza, Gaza, I have longed to gather your children, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine

The Guardian reported on 14 March that applied mathematician Safa Motesharrei of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and others have had a research article accepted for publication in Ecological Economics based on their work with a new cross-disciplinary ‘Human And Nature DYnamical’ (HANDY) model. You can read it yourself, but here’s the short version. Briefly, the HANDY model looks… Read More It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine

Spying on the same people who you want to be buying

New Zealand’s involvement in spying on other countries as part of the Five Eye Network represents a form of national schizophrenia. There is a disjuncture between the fervent desire of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Government Communications Security Bureau to be seen as friend of the USA and the passionate drive to open the doors… Read More Spying on the same people who you want to be buying