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 »


Trump is scamming us on energy technology

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

7 June, 2017

Dear Editor:

Picking up on a comment here and there from Donald Trump, and reading between the lines of some others, it is possible to see the scammer at work here. Read the rest of this entry »

response to Gordon Campbell on ‘Putin, etc’

You say ‘it isn’t a binary world’ in regard to the rise of the right and Trump, Putin, and China.  Read the rest of this entry »

Response to Gordon Campbell’s article on Trump

Appropriate to mention that Trump asked in a military briefing why he couldn’t use nuclear weapons. Does he not know that military and nuclear strategists have long put forth the ‘nuclear deterrence’ theory?  He should have known that would be the response.  There is some (probably unintended) honesty about his question as there is no such thing as ‘nuclear deterrence’; that is just a figment of a collective insanity.  But he is surely serious about using them.  Ever since the end of the cold war it has been universally understood that there is no reason to have them except to use them.

So where would he use them? North Korea? It’s hard for me to guess.  If the use offends or threatens some large nuclear power, such as China or Russia, it would not surprize to see them respond with a nuclear blast somewhere.  The target?  Likely some country out of the way, small, and an ally of the USA.  Oh, and just for good measure, an anti-nuclear country; nuclear nations see anti-nuclear as a threat.  Just a thought.

(addendum 12/11/16)

Good of you to remind us that Trump is willing to encourage other countries to develop nuclear weapons.  Would that become another export industry?  Does this display a lack of understanding of the destructiveness of a nuclear weapon?  Or is it a sign of suicidal tendencies?  More the latter I think.
Those who see that the global economy is dominated by profiteers who benefit from perpetual war are not wrong.  But that misses the discussion of the larger cultural/historical flow and the point which is coming to a zenith today.  I think we all know what that big picture is but we are almost universally terrified of discussing it.

Intelligence and Security Agencies Review – response from Keith Locke

(Note: general permission previously granted by Keith Locke to publish his blog entries here.)

Keith Locke: Hard to spy gains from Five Eyes

[This article of mine was published in the New Zealand Herald on 15 March 2016.  It was in response to the report of Intelligence and Security Agencies Review, released on 9 March.]

The intelligence services report by Sir Michael Cullen and Dame Patsy Reddy sheds more light on the GCSB’s work with the Five Eyes network, but it also leaves several questions unanswered. Since the Snowden revelations there has been a concern that our Government Communications Security Bureau is involved in “mass surveillance”.  The Government has denied that it is. Read the rest of this entry »

Why warship visit invitation?

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

12 November, 2015

Dear Editor:

Now that there is a small concession for NZ dairy exports into North America in the released TPPA text the government is saying ‘no problem’ for all the dangers to our democratic governance system in it through so-called investor state dispute tribunals,  restrictions on Pharmac, internet freedom, and other threats.   Read the rest of this entry »

Will small dairy concession lead to more support for the so-called “war on terror”?

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

01 October, 2015

Dear Editor:

Now that there seems to be a small concession for NZ dairy exports into North America in the agreement from the TPPA talks, the dangers to our democracy through investor state dispute tribunals and several other threats are coming closer.   Ironically, as a twisted sort of ‘thank you’, there is also the possibility that our current government will look to make concessions to the USA in support of its global interests elsewhere, such as the so-called ‘war on terrorism’, or trying to put pressure on China. Read the rest of this entry »