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Angelina Jolie's Dad Needs To Learn More About New Zealand Health Care!

Angelina Jolie's Dad Needs To Learn More About New Zealand Health Care!

Overnight, American actor Jon Voight, the father of actress Angelina Jolie, condemned New Zealand's health care system (amongst others) at an anti-universal health care protest in Washington DC.

March for Democracy Shows Anger On National's Right Flank

March for Democracy Shows Anger On National's Right Flank

The 'March for Democracy' held in Auckland today shows how much quiet anger there is on National's right flank.

Michael Jackson In A Glass Coffin?

Michael Jackson In A Glass Coffin?

This week it was revealed that Michael Jackson could be placed in a glass coffin and put on public display.

New Zealand Sport Is Returning To Form

New Zealand Sport Is Returning To Form

New Zealand sport is returning to form. This was symbolised by the All Whites qualifying for soccer's World Cup last weekend.

Phil Goff Finally Concedes That Monetarism Doesn't Work! What's The Alternative?

Phil Goff Finally Concedes That Monetarism Doesn't Work! What's The Alternative?

Today Phil Goff has admitted that monetarism doesn't work.

At the Federated Farmer's annual conference this morning, he told delegates that the Reserve Bank's sole focus on inflation had impacted adversely on our currency. 

Getting My Head Around The Emissions Trading Scheme

Getting My Head Around The Emissions Trading Scheme

I am still trying to get my head around the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The politics of it are complicated. However, from what I can discern, an emissions trading scheme is not the answer to our environmental crisis.

All Power To The ACC Bikoi Protest!

All Power To The ACC Bikoi Protest!

Today's bikoi protest on the forecourt of Parliament was a success. Nick Smith's decision to review the levy increases is a welcome sign that democratic protest does work.

Giant Steps Are What You Take Walking On The Moon - With Frozen Water!

Giant Steps Are What You Take Walking On The Moon - With Frozen Water!

The Police released their hit single Walking on the Moon thirty years ago. The immortal lyrics contained in my blog title are from that song. They imagined a time when astronauts would saunter around the Moon again.

The Week That Was: When Parliament's Not In Hone Dominates

The Week That Was: When Parliament's Not In Hone Dominates

Nature abhors a vacuum. And so do the political commentariat. When Parliament isn't in session, the political news cycle slows down a little so any controversial statement by an MP gets a good airing.

And They Tore Down The Berlin Wall - Part II

In part one of this series I looked at how Soviet style socialism was constructed in a centralised and hierarchical manner and as to how this lent itself to authoritarianism. Marxism-Leninism became the central tenet of Soviet and, after 1945, Eastern European socialism.