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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

Recipe: Potatoes To Die For

Happy New Year! It’s 2019 in New Zealand, and has been all day. As the rest of you catch up, I wish you all the best for whatever this year brings. For the US, it brings the first major Democratic candidate to announce for the 2020 election: Elizabeth Warren. I like Warren and think she would be a good president. However, I’m not sure she will be a good candidate. Every now and then she makes... read more

Trump Fiddles While Rome Burns

The military might of the modern US has been compared to that of the Roman Empire. Donald Trump appears to imagine himself in the role of its emperor. If there is a way he can exercise power without abiding by his country’s norms, he will use it. For example, despite constant and virulent criticism of Obama by both himself and the GOP every time Obama issued an Executive Order, Trump began his own... read more

Christmas Cartoons

I’m currently writing a post about the resignation of General Mattis and US Special Envoy Brett McGurk over Trump’s dreadful decision to withdraw US troops from Syria. However, it’s Christmas Eve in New Zealand and I still have a lot to do to prepare for tomorrow. Therefore I’m not going to get the post done. Further, it means it may be 2-3 days before I get back to it. While I was... read more

The Direction of World Politics (plus Tweets)

It’s been a while, so I thought I should at least attempt a Tweets Post. There are a couple of things to catch you up on in my personal life. Firstly, things are much better now I have a decent chair. However, the damage done while I was waiting for that to happen hasn’t gone away yet. I’m telling myself determinedly that it’s not permanent, hoping that I’m right. Everything... read more

Trump’s Hateful Rhetoric is Dangerous

If you’re a Trump supporter, you’re probably thinking this will be a liberal hit piece. However, my conclusion has the support of all the data. Many commentators, including myself, have been writing about the dangers of Trump’s hateful rhetoric for some time. On 22 May 2016 I wrote a post called, ‘The Dangerousness of the Donald’. Those of us who said people could die because of... read more

Anti-Semitism in the US (plus Tweets)

Most days I see examples of the fact of the high level racism in the US*. In particular, there is plenty of exposure of the racism against African-, Hispanic-, Latino-, and Native-Americans on my TV screen. When it comes to the sites I look at on the internet, the focus seems to me more about whether Muslims are getting a fair deal unless there’s a particular story that the media is focusing on that... read more

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