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Anti-immigration rhetoric blames the victim not the system

By   /  April 21, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Instead of standing of the side of the cultural and capitalist oppressor and adopting its discourse of exclusion and the antagonism of difference, thinking workers of New Zealand, and elsewhere, should show solidarity with other workers and stand for better standards of living and workplace rights. Don’t blame the victim when the system itself is the problem.

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American Overkill

By   /  April 15, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  42 Comments

The new Sheriff is patrolling the global street, pulling out his guns at every turn. Unconcerned about overkill, a more secure world through superior American firepower seems unlikely.

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Common cause in civilian ‘collateral damage’ in Afghanistan or London

By   /  March 26, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Nicky Hager and John Stephenson’s new book, Hit and Run, claims the NZ SAS carried out a revenge raid on an Afghani village which killed six and injured 15 civilians, including women and children. In response, the jaded and inhumane say ‘civilians die in war’, ‘human collateral damage is inevitable’.

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Industrial scale egg production is cruel, that’s the real problem

By   /  March 18, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

The fact that most of the billion eggs produced and sold in New Zealand are generated through the cruel mistreatment and industrial commodification of hens, is a greater issue than that a relatively smaller percentage of them were mislabeled as free range when in fact they were from cages.

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The whole world is burning

By   /  February 18, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

‘On the last day of the world / I would want to plant a tree’ wrote US Poet Laureate WS Merwin. Indeed, sometimes it feels like the whole world is burning, and to act in the spirit of hope is to plant a whole forest.

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Trump Wild Card a Modified Status Quo

By   /  January 19, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  44 Comments

Trump’s abrasive style and irreverence for established policies and protocols looks to be destabilising at global level. He has us thinking that he’ll be a real threat to the existing fragile international peace between nuclear capable superpowers. He’ll make a gaff, or a wrong statement, commit some diplomatic faux pas, and China or Russia will push the red button.

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Christmas is the opiate of the masses in a world that’s mad

By   /  December 24, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

If religion is the opiate of the masses, then it’s no wonder semi-religious consumerist celebrations like Christmas incite frenzied and irrational buying and eating. We’re addicted to modern Christmas rituals involving spending madly, as much as religious iconography.

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Damage control better for business than for dolphins?

By   /  December 17, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

After years of fishing industry denial that their practices pose any harm to Maui dolphins, this week two significant New Zealand fishing companies announced they were aiming for Maui-safe fishing methods on the North Island West Coast by 2022.

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The war machine rolls on while children beg for blankets

By   /  November 26, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Have you thought about the children of Syria lately? Is it ‘so last season’s war’, a normal state of affairs, background in the news as a change from more current, closer crises? Do the battles of Homs and Mosul, the Kurdish Peshmergers and the ‘Coalition’, sound slightly theoretically and strategically intriguing, like chess, or ‘Risk’, using someone else’s real life army and someone else’s real life country as the playing ground?

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Tamaki’s ‘post-truth’ hate speech a cynical MO

By   /  November 19, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Tamaki’s attitudes are so outdated and narrow minded they have no place in civil society. Who actually believes that shit? and who in their right mind takes it seriously. But there’s a worry that the media attention helps his cause. It’s exposure Tamaki probably enjoys. He’s certainly unrepentant.

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Dairy farm animal abuse part of the economic model

By   /  October 30, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

Dairy industry representatives, academics and the Minister for Primary Industries were full of denials this week as they all sought to explain, excuse, diminish or justify animal cruelty on dairy farms, exposed again by FarmWatch.

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American Demockery

By   /  October 15, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

Trump’s offensive and misogynistic attitudes to women, his tax avoidance, his accumulation of obscene amounts of wealth, are on one side of the ledger. On the other side, Clinton’s association with illegitimate invasions of Middle Eastern states means there’s wet blood on her hands that’s still running in the streets of Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Aleppo and elsewhere in Syria.

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Collusion, corruption, contradictions and cover ups in fishing industry, stink.

By   /  September 25, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

Those of us interested in the marine environment either as fishers or as conservationists, have known for a long time that in general, current commercial fishing practices stink.

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Liquor Licensing Elections Provide Opportunities for Trailblazing Cannabis Control

By   /  September 17, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Election papers have been issued to decide representatives for local government, health boards, and liquor licensing trusts. Among the candidates some eccentricities shine through making the candidates’ book quite entertaining reading. There are some good people and policies too.

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French Politicians Exploiting Public Fears to Deny Real Freedoms for Muslim Women

By   /  August 29, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  46 Comments

How much oppression is justified to enforce liberty? That’s a question arising from the ban on Burkhas and ‘Burkhinis’ in France and Spain. And when does mandatory secularism become an excuse for bigotry, racism and sexism? We’ve also seen some answers to that.

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Local Government: Seldom Sexy but Always Essential

By   /  August 22, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

The importance of local government is usually overlooked, except in complaint. Conservative voters moan they get nothing for their rates. That the council should do more with less, that there’s no accountability, that councils take money for nothing and rates are too high.

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