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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

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

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