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Politics, Rights

Fisking Eleanor

Fisking Eleanor

So, hasn’t Eleanor Catton made a bit of a splash. In 18 months she’s gone from Cultural Golden Girl, praised by the Prime Minister as being super intelligent, to political pariah and one of those disgusting Green voters. Now notorious Old White Man Sean Plunket waded in and called her a traitor. A TRAITOR. Traitor (n): one who betrays another’s trust or is false to an obligation or duty. I’m not sure what part of Eleanor’s criticisms of New Zealand make her a traitor. Plunket’s use tends to suggest that he – or New Zealand – has some kind of ownership of Eleanor’s comments. Which ironically is exactly what she was complaining […]

by × January 28, 2015 × 0 comments

International, Politics

American Political Batshit: Climate Change

American Political Batshit: Climate Change

For the sake of argument, let’s say that you are a 56-year-old lobbyist for the Chamber of Commerce, which is a DC-based trade association that influences lawmakers on behalf of enormous corporations. by

by × January 28, 2015 × 1 comment

International, Rights

And Islamophobia was never a problem ever again

And Islamophobia was never a problem ever again

The Sykes-Picot agreement is a thing. And it’s a thing that may be more responsible for current global issues than we realise. by

by × January 26, 2015 × 3 comments

Politics, Rights

Honesty

Honesty

I’ve just returned from Australia for Wellington Anniversary weekend and it struck me how honesty seems to be a one way street. by

by × January 20, 2015 × 2 comments

International, Politics, Rights

If you do not read this post then the terrorists will win

If you do not read this post then the terrorists will win

If we don’t continue to publish cartoons of Mohammad then the terrorists will have won! by

by × January 15, 2015 × 4 comments

News

The police were excited with their new tools to combat speeding motorists.

All sorted for Es and Whizz

So people are up in arms, in ARMS about the Police’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy towards speeding over the Christmas period. And by zero tolerance I mean that if you went over 100/kmh by even 2km you got a ticket. by

by × January 14, 2015 × 5 comments

Humour

The great Ruminator satire robbery

The great Ruminator satire robbery

Over the last few years New Zealand has had some wonderful satirists. by

by × January 13, 2015 × 0 comments

International, Rights

American Political Batshit: Conservative Christianity

American Political Batshit: Conservative Christianity

There is no better country on earth in which to be a Christian than the United States. That is an undeniable fact. by

by × January 9, 2015 × 0 comments

Humour, Politics

The time John Key invited me over for Christmas lunch with his family

The time John Key invited me over for Christmas lunch with his family

John and I had been hanging out a lot. In fact he’d been coming over to our house pretty regularly since he discovered I had an original Optimus Prime transformer.  by

by × January 5, 2015 × 0 comments

Health, International

Fuck yeah

American Political Batshit: Health Care

I want to tell you about the time I got sick. Not like, “Oh, I have a cold” sick, but “I could very easily die” sick. by

by × December 22, 2014 × 0 comments

Health

I could have chosen far worse photos for this story. You're welcome.

Should I shave my balls?

Dear Slightly Slutty Barren Spinster I am a gentleman who likes to maintain a high standard of personal appearance and hygiene. by

by × December 18, 2014 × 0 comments

General

Have modern kids got game? My parents decide

Have modern kids got game? My parents decide

I’m going to start an infrequent series where my parents are going to assess the dating rituals of today’s youth. But for this to happen I need YOUR help.  by

by × December 18, 2014 × 0 comments

International, News, Politics

The case for stricter surveillance laws/the case for fewer surveillance laws

The case for stricter surveillance laws/the case for fewer surveillance laws

On the afternoon the Martin Place Siege was happening, I tweeted the following (and no, don’t worry, it’s not flippant): by

by × December 16, 2014 × 1 comment

Politics

The 4th Estate and Dirty Politics.

The 4th Estate and Dirty Politics.

By Scott Milne There has been quite a bit of discussion about the role of the press, and some on the left – me included – perhaps a bit critical of the role that the press has played in Dirty Politics. by

by × December 15, 2014 × 1 comment

General

Close. But not quite.

Ruminator’s 2014 Person of the Year

Following on from last year’s controversial decision to award Ruminator’s Person of the Year to Miley Cyrus, I took some suggestions from the Twitterazis as to who it should be this year. by

by × December 11, 2014 × 1 comment

Politics

I was a Mormon, then I wasn’t: Jacinda Ardern

I was a Mormon, then I wasn’t: Jacinda Ardern

She’s pretty much everyone’s favourite Labour MP. Despite all the in-fighting and muck-raking and general ickiness that has beset the Labour party by

by × December 9, 2014 × 1 comment

Health

So many hotties, so little compassion: Our Agony Aunt responds

So many hotties, so little compassion: Our Agony Aunt responds

Dear Slightly Slutty Barren Spinster I have been in a relationship for quite some time and, to be perfectly honest, I prefer drinking heavily and wishing my moral compass wasn’t pointing me on a course to propositioning an attractive co-worker to actually being in my relationship. by

by × December 4, 2014 × 0 comments

Politics

No bullshit: Andrew Little

No bullshit: Andrew Little

Andrew Little is straight up and down. He’s a man of no bullshit. What you see is what you get. He’ll give you answers that are honest and thoughtful. That’s the narrative that he wants to build. by

by × December 2, 2014 × 10 comments