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September 25, 2011

Politics and social media are like air and fire—both are neccessary, but combining the two only make both worse. This extends beyond the political parties themselves; they are selling a product and it makes sense for them to utilise any and all ad space available. They are not the true threat to social media, their […]

September 25, 2011

“What’s your favourite movie?” is not an easy question to answer, regardless of whether you’re a pretentious cinephile who judges people for confusing Kurosawas or a risk-averse economist who thinks Cowboys & Aliens is the height of originality. Most people, if posed the question, would no doubt hesitate and consider the question for a few […]

September 25, 2011

At Victoria University today, one of the consequences of pandering to the bigotry of left-wing cognitive dissonance is the rise of anti-Semitism. The whole world knows there could have been a peaceful settlement many times in the Middle East but for the incompetent and corrupt Palestinian leadership which now, in Gaza, is the terrorist faction […]

September 25, 2011

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I have a lot of opinions. A lot. A looooot. I think that bread is a savoury food and should never, ever be eaten with jam. Or honey. Or marmalade. I think that Six Feet Under is the best television show of all time. I think that celery […]

September 25, 2011

A few years ago, I went through a pretty nasty breakup. It started out civil. A clean split. No hard feelings. We had grown apart. I just didn’t see the world the way he did anymore. Slowly, life resumed normality and I went about it alone. It was okay, at first. Liberating, even. Then the […]

September 25, 2011

I met cigarettes about 18 months ago. Sparks flew. We fucked on the first date. A friend had introduced us. We were strangers to one another and our first encounters were fumbling and uncertain. My prejudices loosened by generous helpings of gin, I had let my guard down. At first I was embarrassed to be […]

September 25, 2011

Last year, I spent three days with over 300 sexual health clinicians, educators and big players in reproductive health, and it wasn’t until halfway through the last day that I heard someone say “We need to be teaching our young people to have good sex. Are we telling them sex should be fun?” Sex education […]

September 25, 2011

In 1994, then-Prime Minister Jim Bolger said he believed New Zealand could cut ties with the British monarchy, and become a republic by the year 2000. Although he succeeded in ending the awarding of British Honours in New Zealand in 1996, and firmly advocated replacing the Privy Council as the country’s highest appellate Court—successfully executed […]

September 25, 2011

Banksy said “I always used to encourage everyone I met to make art; I used to think everyone should do it… I don’t really do that so much any more.” In the context of ‘Mr. Brainwash,’ you can understand where he is coming from. Still, I think his original sentiment was right, and it applies […]