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Revisit: Viruses mutate; modern day mass hosts provide unprecedented opportunity

I’m reposting this discussion as background for our search for a ‘new normal’ in 2021.  Rob Wallace has written a new book specifically about the origins of Covid, again especially noting the influence of the vertically integrated global food chains in providing opportunities for viruses to ‘pandemic’ (verb, my invention?).  I’ll briefly comment on this new book, ‘Dead Epidemiologists’, in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »


Sam Sachdeva of Newsroom analyses New Zealand’s relationship today to the Ukraine war. I raise the question of the threat of nuclear war.

I add an additional line of perspective beyond what Sachdeva raises.

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Candidate Paul Eagle is being watched by the Labour Party (Newsroom article)

Marc Daalder of Newsroom has brought up a curious, but actually realistic, concern that the Wellington Labour Party has about mayoral candidate Paul Eagle. There are accusations that Eagle is promoting an alternative slate of candidates for WCC. My response below:

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Minister Hipkins says 12yr old ram raider is a ‘tragedy’.

In a Newsroom report Minister Hipkins says that schools and police must cooperate. My response here.

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Queenstown struggling – Newsroom mayoralty article

My response to Newsroom article on the Queenstown mayoralty election emphasizing the need to discuss tourism and local politics in the larger cultural / historical context.

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Phillipa Barker in a newsroom comment says the ‘older’ generation did not have the ‘expectations’ that are mainstream today – she’s right

Phillipa Barker, in a Newsroom comment to an article by Jack Santa-Barbara responding to France’s President Macron saying what could not be said here in NZ that the age of abundance is over, says the ‘older’ generation did not have the ‘expectations’ that are mainstream today here in NZ. My reply to Ms Barker below:

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Marc Daalder on the three main candidates for Wellington mayor

My response to the Newsroom article emphasising the important of issues – the larger cultural / historical context.

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Response to Newsroom article by Dr David Jenkins (UK) – Liz Truss

Dr Jenkins explains the kind of politics Liz Truss will bring to the UK and lays out what will need to be done to oppose it. I offer my usual question about why citizen majorities who oppose these policies still allow them.

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Submission to Wellington Proposed District Plan

Today (Monday, 12/9, 5:00pm) is the last opportunity for a submission to the PDP

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“unthinkable thoughts” – our future will be found somewhere in them, and I have a reaction

I received a letter from The Land Institute introducing this phrase which describes humanity’s path forward – ‘unthinkable thoughts’. Here’s an offering from me:

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Newsroom article on bullying in the workplace is self-serving

Jennifer Lees-Marshment’s Newsroom article suggests training for MPs to match the corporate world. That analysis is self-serving.

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