Toppling the State

BY DAVE HANSFORD Some men don camo to denounce the suit – and everything it stands for. Since 2014, militant fundamentalists of the so-called Islamic State have destroyed more than a dozen cultural sites across Syria and Iraq – priceless…

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A Run on the Bank*

Why should you care when the last Mokohinau stag beetle goes belly-up? Because if you join enough dots, you’ll find that it was helping to keep you alive. In September 2008, the sprawling global bank, Lehman Brothers, collapsed. As it…

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This Train’s Going Nowhere

“The question is why this mass poisoning of whole ecosystems is still going on. The answer is clear: Money. Over $100M/year is given by Parliament to DoC (sic). Money supports the poison industry, which in NZ is grossly outsized and…

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We Will Not Be Denied

BY DAVE HANSFORD Is science denial simply a form of social resistance? In 1975, a psychologist at the University of Kansas confronted 50 young female students – committed Christians all – with the contention that, for any number of unassailable…

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Ship of Fools*

BY DAVE HANSFORD Chemtrails, 9/11 “truthers”, lizard people. It’s like the renaissance never happened. Can science survive post-truth society? Sometime around 380 BC, Plato wrote in his Republic: “Imagine then, a fleet or a ship in which there is a…

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The Face of Shame

BY DAVE HANSFORD “It is a basic right,” says New Zealand First, “of all New Zealanders to live in a safe society. New Zealand First believes in safe, secure communities where people and their property are respected and protected.” Odd…

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