Monthly Archives: June 2011

Kristof Admires the Military as a Model for Providing Social Services

Nicholas Kristof in the NY Times this morning writes approvingly of the US military as a model for the way society should take care of people. A few key extracts… The United States armed forces knit together whites, blacks, Asians … Continue reading

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Are We Really Just Animals?

The NZ ACT Party’s Hillary Calvert generated some controversy last week during a discussion about battery hen cages. From TVNZ – We care about people ahead of silly little chickens,” Calvert said. Save Animals from Exploitation (SAFE) says the comments … Continue reading

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Where You May And May Not Take Your Vacation

The Australian Tourism Minister, Martin Ferguson, is quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald as saying that Australians saving vacation time for overseas trips is a “disgrace” and that “We’ve got to change our own mindset [and get people to realise … Continue reading

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“Reportedly”, i.e. “Not” – Part 2

Seven days ago, the taxpayer-funded global news-gathering resources of TVNZ brought us this important news – Hayden Panettiere is reportedly dating Mark Sanchez. … She was spotted with the 24-year-old New York Jets quarterback in Laguna Hills, Caliornia yesterday where … Continue reading

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NZ Greens Scapegoat Australian Banks

The NZ Herald reports that the Green Party is criticizing Prime Minister John Key for lacking “the courage to tackle the big Australian banks which have saddled New Zealanders with billions of dollars of debt in pursuit of profits.” They … Continue reading

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