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Opinion

August 21, 2017

It’s not often that a large majority of philosophers come to agree on controversial topics. And when it does happen, it’s usually a case of “negative progress” — agreement that a particular philosophical position is bad, and should be rejected. This sort of progress typically creates a great deal more disagreement, rather than solving anything. […]

August 21, 2017

First synthesised in 1938, LSD has had an interesting experimental history, depending on your definition of “experiment”. While the ’70s counterculture took it to expand their minds, the CIA was using it to control them, exploiting LSD’s believed capacity to put people in a highly suggestible state to start an arms race of psychological warfare. […]

August 14, 2017

“godDAMN this stupid milkloving piece of shit dumbass mean spirited sale at briscoes racist sexist 40% off deck furniture piss country” — Hera Lindsay Bird   There’s something inherently lonely about politics. For so many New Zealanders, talking about tax or climate change is inaccessible. Representative democracy seems foreign. Even as a fifth year, nearly-university-educated, […]

August 14, 2017

I was iffy about sexting, and about sending, er, provocative Snapchats for a long time, because there’s this stigma around it, right? Only sluts/hos/thots send filthy exchanges and nudie snaps over the internet! And to people they hardly know nonetheless!! Well, smack my ass and call me a thot. Wouldn’t be the first time this […]

August 14, 2017

My Brussels sprouts tasted like absolution. Perfectly roasted and delicately sauced in a fig and balsamic glaze, they accompanied a lavish meal that I bought for myself with the discretionary funds I suddenly had after leaving a relationship in which I was treated like a sort of combination duvet and ATM, with a man who […]

August 14, 2017

YouTube comments sections are a lot of fun. Some people get so extra about the most trivial things, and there’s always that account that you just know is trolling. Which is cool… …until it’s your cultural practices and indigenous art forms that are being degraded. That’s how I felt last week when I was watching […]

August 14, 2017

You’ve probably heard someone derisively compare mental health to “diseases that you can’t help having” like diabetes, or cancer. Some people say that they’re one and the same, other people love to say that there’s no comparison to be made; one is your fault, the others aren’t. And that’s probably because only a select few […]

August 14, 2017

If you read stuff you’ll know all Kiwis come to London for it’s “proximity to Europe” and “because all my friends were already over here, anyway.” Sooner or later, these reasons for leaving NZ become your means of surviving the Big Bad City, i.e. I live with old friends from Wellington, and I’m on Skyscanner […]

August 14, 2017

Remember Fairer Fares? People have been approaching us lately asking, “what happened with that?” Admittedly after months, years even, of campaigning to get over 1700 submissions in support of Fairer Fares to the regional council in May this year, things have been a bit quiet. That’s because we were waiting for the Greater Wellington Regional […]