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Cognizance of individual mortality is integrated with cognizance of species mortality

The Editor,  The Post Weekender,  Wellington

15 January, 2018

Dear Editor:

Jo Randerson’s personal reflection on death and life (Weekender, 6 Jan) was especially gratifying in the frank description of the societal / global death threats of nuclear weapons and climate change. A person’s understanding of individual mortality is integrated with that of the possible mortality of the human species.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The coastline might be the best resource for Wellington disaster planning

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

30 January, 2018

Dear Editor:

The suggestion that the Cook Strait Ferry should operate off a floating dock sound brilliant and may be a sign that Wellington is finally coming to see the coastline as a good resource for resilience in disaster planning. Read the rest of this entry »


Our superior Jane has ‘still got it’ as the Mother Superior in ‘Nunsense’.

Hi Friends,

Yes, Jane has ‘still got it’ as the Mother Superior in a new locally produced Wing It production of the musical comedy, Nunsense.  Opening to great reviews Tuesday, the show goes until 10 February at the Gryphon Theatre on Ghuznee St.  (see link below to iTicket for times, dates, and tickets) Read the rest of this entry »


Korea, the ‘buttons’, and the history of military involvement with USA.

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

26 January, 2018

Dear Editor:

It should not be considered a force for peace and security to be involved militarily with the USA in our Pacific region. Read the rest of this entry »


Response to Joe Keefe in Connection (Winter 2018) of Pax World Investments

Hello Pax World Investments,

In Connection (Winter 2018) Joe Keefe makes reference to “cognitive biases” which can (and do) get in the way of “more logical and expansive thinking”.  But he doesn’t say much about what those biases are in the current “Post Truth Era”. Read the rest of this entry »


Trump and the mythic status of “competition”

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

10 January, 2018

Dear Editor:

The Korean Peninsula continues to be bizarre and dangerous. (“My button is bigger than your button”.)

The best way for New Zealand to have a positive impact on the situation would be to withdraw from military cooperation with the US forces. The longer Tump is in charge, the more reasonable that is going to be seen to be. Read the rest of this entry »


It was Anderton, not the Alliance, who lost his way.

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

09 January, 2018

Dear Editor:

Jim Anderton could see that the neo-liberal Rogernomics of his Labour Party in 1984 was a backward step for working people in New Zealand. But it was also a desperate backlash against the new realities of the increasing attack on the planet, and the consequent  fundamental priority for societies through  their governments to rein that attack in, which he refused to admit. Read the rest of this entry »