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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Tamaki’s attitudes are so outdated and narrow minded they have no place in civil society.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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Spare a Thought for Syria

By   /  July 30, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

As horrific and barbaric as the highly publicised and recent acts of violence are, let’s put things in perspective.

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Long live democracy, despite its failings

By   /  July 17, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Democracy continues to contain its own contradictions around the world. In spite of the ‘Democratic Peace Theory’, it’s questionable whether democracies fight less with each other, or others generally, or whether they just export their conflicts more elsewhere.

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Brexit – a triumph of democracy or a failure of reason?

By   /  June 25, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

The Brexit vote is being read as a victory of racist rhetoric and anti-immigrant dissent. By preying on fears of Britain losing its Britishness, and harking back to nostalgic nationalist pride, ‘Leave’ voters, it’s suggested, have been manipulated into believing it’s the EU and immigrants and refugees, that are responsible for joblessness, homelessness and reduced state services.

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Housing ‘distribution crisis’ a symptom of inequality

By   /  June 12, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

He’s famous only for being the son of someone famous, laying claims to authenticity because his parents both once lived in state houses (lucky them), and using the same inane comments as his dad “at the end of the day”; this week, mainstream media’s focus on celebrity went to new lows. And that’s saying something!

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Budget entrenches society’s pathologies

By   /  May 28, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

This budget and this government were never going to provide the structural tools and address the structural challenges of a deregulated, speculative, unequal society. Addressing the chasm of income disparity would require the removal of privileges, the redistribution of advantage.

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Privatised profits and socialised costs: What the government was elected to do.

By   /  April 30, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

We’ve got an Auckland housing affordability and a housing supply crisis. We’ve got an economy overloaded with private debt. Headlines report an anxiety epidemic, a P epidemic and an obesity epidemic all at once. Scientists show we’re in the midst of various environmental crises.

In many ways these are all linked.

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