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To Impeach or Not to Impeach: That is the Question

Following the public release of the Mueller Report, I spent some time writing the second post, in what I thought would be a series, on that topic. However, everything I was writing was written about elsewhere. It’s easy enough to find all the information if you look. The real question is what to do about it. Now that we know what President Trump and others did, what next? In the case of Trump... read more

US Politics of Single-Payer Healthcare and Abortion

As regular readers know, I’ve written multiple posts over the years about why I think the US needs a single-payer healthcare system. The most recent was less than two months ago: ‘The Benefits of a Single-Payer Healthcare System’. As the only OECD country without such a system, the US is an outlier. In my opinion, there is a direct causal link between this and three other facts. The... read more

Is the Democratic Party Nicer Than Republican Party?

Over and over again the attitudes of the US Republican party shock me. I just don’t get how they can even propose some of their policies, let alone enact them. From the point of view of the majority of the First World, the Republican party is simply cruel. It doesn’t matter what area of policy we’re talking about; selfishness and greed seem to be the order of the day. Furthermore, this... read more

The Auto-Fill and Reply Button Problems

A reader brought up the issue of the failure of auto-fill for some people on WordPress on my last post. It’s an issue I have myself, but was too lazy to do anything about it. However, it is a pain in the neck, and as it’s affecting someone else I thought I should make the effort to check it out. I asked Martin Fuller of Build Business about it, who deals with all the technical stuff for me. It... read more

The Christchurch Massacre

It was two weeks on Friday since a self-confessed white supremacist changed New Zealand forever. Friday 15th March 2019 is a day many New Zealanders, including me, naïvely thought would never come to this country. It’s the day a terrorist committed mass murder on our soil. “The Christchurch Massacre” is now part of our history. Fifty New Zealanders died that day. 42 of those died in the... read more

The Mueller Report: Part I

This won’t be my only post on the Mueller Report, so it will be a short one. However, there are a few things I think need to be said at this early stage. Firstly, that we are at an early stage. In relation to the report itself, the most important thing to say is this: it’s really important we remember that all we have now is a 3½ page summary by a partisan Attorney-General who got the job... read more

The Benefits of a Single-Payer Healthcare System

On 29 January 2019 we saw the first CNN Town Hall for a candidate for the 2020 US presidential election. Kamala Harris, a Democratic senator from California, is one of the more impressive members of what promises to be a huge field. CNN is reporting the Town Hall had the highest ever viewership for a Town Hall in the 25-54 category. On 18 February another of the better candidates, Senator Amy Klobuchar... read more

Our Planet: Antarctica

I have very little progress to report on proper posts today. (Finding the leftovers of a several-days-old bird murder in the garage didn’t help.) However, I do have a new release from TimeStorm Films to show you. I love their stunning time-lapse films of various locations around the world. I think this will be the twelfth I’ve put on the site. Many of his films are shot in New Zealand, and... read more

Campaigning in the USA

I’m in the middle of writing a post about the benefits of a single-payer healthcare system. The inspiration for that came from a CNN Town Hall with Senator Kamala Harris (Dem., California) last week. Senator Harris is running for president in the 2020 election. It’s almost two years until that election, and already multiple people are declaring their candidacy. More than that, this is all... read more

Trump’s Southern Border Wall

This Twitter thread from “@Stonekettle” was brought to my attention by reader Ann German. It’s the best thing I’ve ever seen about Trump’s insistence that the US requires a southern border wall. It’s better than anything I could write about the situation and covers just about everything in relation to the actual wall. For that reason, I’m going to produce the... read more

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