WW1 – Causes and Consequences

“WW1 – Causes and Consequences”

Dr. Steven Loverage, Victoria University Continuing Ed course – March 2014

Dr. Loverage was enthusiastic, organized and articulate. The attendees were interested, consistently in attendance, and some eager to participate in discussion. (I myself contributed with e-mails to Dr. Loverage between classes.)  Still, the course missed the point of what is needed in a 100 year commemoration (over the next three or four years) of which it is a part. Read the rest of this entry »

Nuclear war threat

The Editor, The Sunday Star-Times, Auckland

01 April, 2014

Dear Editor:

It was pleasing to read Andrea Vance’s article bringing up nuclear war in her column (23 March, “Spectre of a nuclear end still hovering”). It is healthier to talk about the subject than to force it out of our consciousness. And it should be in the discussion about New Zealand’s relationships with other countries. Read the rest of this entry »

“The Quiet New Zealander” – Vic U Continuing Ed

“The Quiet New Zealander”

Dr. David Burke

Victoria University Continuing Ed course – Jan/Feb 2014

A Ramble

This “ramble” is not a review of the course.  Rather there were one or two ideas from the course which stimulated these thoughts.  Other sources of inspiration  have come from a documentary on money which I first saw a few years ago, and generously from my observations of the alarming  political developments in the USA and New Zealand (and globally, of course) over the last few decades.

In bringing the course to a conclusion with a consideration of the current need for, or at least use of, intelligence (in the context of security and intelligence agencies) Dr. Burke mentioned money laundering as a key consideration, and in particular described the BCCI bank event. (I will not define the term ‘money laundering’ here or discuss BCCI, just continue to ramble.)   I ask myself, how does money laundering differ from other means of imposing your will, or becoming fabulously rich, by finance means?   And what relationship is there between all these means and intelligence agencies? Read the rest of this entry »

Trade fair subsidy

16 February, 2014

The Editor, The Wellingtonian

Dear Editor;

Why would a business delegation of companies worth an aggregate of $100 Billion (yes, ‘B’illion) require a $200’K’ subsidy from the WCC?   If they have a proposal for a trade fair for investment or takeover in Wellington they can afford to pay for it themselves.  Read the rest of this entry »

Wellington ‘transport spine’

18 Feb, 2014

Hello Wellington Regional Council,

I understand there is a meeting on 21 Feb concerning the study of a public transport spine through Wellington.  I’d like you to consider these points.

The Spine corridor strategy must fit within a broader people movement strategy which has at its core CBD vehicle routes serving and subordinate to pedestrians.  As such vehicle transport through the CBD must be restricted to public transport buses or light rail (no private vehicles).  Light rail would be the best option for pedestrians as it more predictable and has a higher capacity.  Read the rest of this entry »

Arrogant smugness on asset sales


The Dominion Post

Dear Editor;

The language and arrogant smugness that PM John Key has been employing in regard to the referendum on asset sales is so repetitive that it has become more obvious how illogical his and his party’s position is and has been. Read the rest of this entry »

Nelson Mandela – “never a revolutionary, always a radical”

02 January, 2014

The Editor, The Dominion Post

Dear Editor:

”Never a revolutionary, always a radical”.  That is the description of Nelson Mandela’s political life by The Guardian Weekly (19 December 2013, Gary Younge).  Or put another way, never a communist or socialist, but one who guided his nation through a significant transition.  Read the rest of this entry »


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