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Remember Alfred E Newman?

In response to Daily Kos article on Trump calling Pete Buttigieg, “Alfred E Newman.”

Ironically, Alfred E Newman, comic character from Mad Magazine, ran for president in 1980 (put forward during the campaign by Mad Mag, anyway, though perhaps didn’t make it officially onto any ballots).  And he won!  Well in effect he won.  Newman was the “What, me worry?” character which was perfect for his time as it was after the 60’s and 70’s when so many fundamental challenges emerged that people started turning off to those realities.  Ronald Reagan was the ‘what, me worry’ candidate and he won (two terms!)  The USA for one has never recovered from that.  Donald Trump is the political/cultural grandson of Reagan so has been the perfect candidate in the Post Truth Era.  “What, me worry” has morphed into the more  dangerous “Post Truth Era” as the truth and seriousness of those challenges has become widely, almost universally, understood, inducing widespread denial in order to cope.

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Arrest of Chinese businessman over Iran is very provocative

07 December, 2018

The Editor,  The Listener,  Auckland

Dear Editor:

The US law regarding aid to Iran is not a United Nations law and is viewed internationally with suspicion as unhelpful in dealing with Iran’s nuclear weapon intentions. Read the rest of this entry »


Donald Trump’s ‘natural instinct for science’

The Editor,  The Herald,  Auckland

25 October, 2018

Dear Editor:

Responding to the latest IPCC upgrade of the need for action US President Trump has been quoted as saying that he has a ‘natural instinct for science’ in relation to climate change and asserts that scientists are too biased to be trusted.  Say, what? Read the rest of this entry »


Climate change denial expressed so well by Trump

The Editor,  The Listener,  Auckland

25 October, 2018

Dear Editor:

It’s easy from the perspective of this country to complain about the fierce denial mentality of Donald Trump on climate change. Read the rest of this entry »


Widespread surreptitious election interference?

The Editor,  The Listener,  Auckland

01 August, 2018

Dear Editor:

There’s a lot of talk about Russian interference (or Trump collaboration with Russia) in the 2016 USA Presidential election but little said about interference in elections elsewhere in the world.   Read the rest of this entry »


Trump and Putin nuclear oligarchs

The Editor,  The Sunday Star-Times,  Auckland

24 July, 2018

Dear Editor:

Danielle McLaughlin (SST 22 July) discusses the dangers of U.S. President Donald Trump’s apparent naivety in dealing with Russia’s Putin. But she doesn’t mention the place that Russia has in Trump’s world view which is potentially more dangerous. Read the rest of this entry »


‘Three Strikes’ emanates from a fear and loathing mentality

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

12 June, 2018

Dear Editor:

The ‘three strikes’ law is no-brainer, really. In the USA it has failed miserably to do anything more than enhance the prison building and management industry.  Read the rest of this entry »