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The unraveling of the web of life

A U.K.  February  2021 report by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta,  entitled ‘The Economics of Biodiversity’ outlines the ‘extreme risk’ the ‘world’, is being put by  not taking into  account the  ‘rapid depletion of the natural  world’. While the overarching intent of the paper is to  be applauded in attempting to  reduce species loss,  the underlying … Continue reading “The unraveling of the web of life”

Scrooge McDuck's Swimming Pool

The Capitol Invasion

What  are we to  make, from  across the sea, of Trump  supporters   invading the U.S.  Capitol  building while Congress members  were voting to  install Joe Biden  as the next president of the United States? Is this ‘insurrection’?-  a new civil  war?  a ‘revolution’?… In the mind-numbing complexities and anomalies  that  is American ‘democracy’, this new … Continue reading “The Capitol Invasion”

Recognising the Environmental Impact of Consumption

Tena koutou While the NZ Government’s decision to  declare a climate emergency  in New Zealand is to be applauded-  currently there appear few mechanisms  to   achieve a carbon-neutral  government by  2025. Prime Minister Jacinda Adern’s touted response to  have all  government vehicles  electric,  is a case in  point of the contradictions in  environmental  policy. There … Continue reading “Recognising the Environmental Impact of Consumption”

An Australia We Can Believe In

Australian  Prime Minister Scott  Morrison is apparently incensed about  Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian’s posting of an image of  an Australian  soldier slitting the throat  of a young Afghan boy. The  ‘constructed’  image  that  Zhao Lijian  used  was based on  an  Australian government  report into  Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan,  which  found   … Continue reading “An Australia We Can Believe In”

The ‘Exceptional Nation’ Votes!

With  the U.S.  presidential  election ( as of 6th  November 2020) , hanging in the balance, we are reminded  of the extraordinary and bizarre process  this purportedly ‘exceptional  nation’   has to  find its new exceptional  ‘president of the free world’. Not only do  United States citizens  only have a binary  choice between  two  right wing … Continue reading “The ‘Exceptional Nation’ Votes!”

Enough is really Enough

The decision by  regional  delegates of the New Zealand Green  Party  to  endorse a coalition with  the New Zealand  Labour Party after the recent New Zealand elections,  has resulted in  the two  co-leaders of the Green  Party once again  acquiring  ministerial  portfolios outside of Cabinet. Co-leader James Shaw  is now ‘Minister of Climate’  and ‘Associate … Continue reading “Enough is really Enough”

‘Growth’

I am a New Zealander-  a  ‘kiwi’ , a pakeha,  a white male. In 1200 AD these island lands had never seen  a human, the land was almost completely covered in  dense forest (what  we call ‘the bush”) . Only one mammal  lived here-  the bat- perhaps blown  by  storms from  Australia  over 4000  kilometres  … Continue reading “‘Growth’”

Assange’s Show Trial

As the  tragi- comedy trial of Julian Assange in London wends its way  to its inevitable conclusion: (extradition to  the United States); the day  to  day  accounts of those few people (noted below in  the links)  permitted by  the Court to  view ‘proceedings’,  shows a client British  state determined to  kowtow to  the United States,  … Continue reading “Assange’s Show Trial”

Navalny’s Novichok

The recent suspected poisoning  by  Novichok of Alexei  Navalny , politician & anti-corruption campaigner  in Russia, apparently  demonstrates remarkable levels of incompetence by the  Russian Federation & Vladimir Putin. It should be noted that while Navalny is certainly a thorn in the side of Vladimir Putin  and his United Russia party from  an  anti-corruption point of … Continue reading “Navalny’s Novichok”

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