Diana Spencer Died This Day in 1997. Was It Accidental?

I never used to be a fan of Diana Spenser. She seemed to me to be someone who was craving for something that she couldn’t find within herself, then thought she had found it in Prince Charles, and then was destroyed by her own insecurities when she realized she hadn’t found what she was lookingContinue reading “Diana Spencer Died This Day in 1997. Was It Accidental?”

American Pulitzer Prize Winner Dr Chris Hedges Speaks of USA’s Collapse.

. From my experiences talking to Americans few of them realize that their nation has, or is, an empire. American leaders will never say such things – in fact, they like to pronounce how America was founded by an anti-colonial revolution against tyranny. A rebellion against the worlds then, greatest empire – the British empire.Continue reading “American Pulitzer Prize Winner Dr Chris Hedges Speaks of USA’s Collapse.”

Why Do People Never Ask Questions?

. I guess I have always been one of those problem people who, when receiving an answer to a question that doesn’t fully satisfy my curiousity, reply with “why?” Why indeed. But I notice that most people are the complete opposite to this – they never ask questions at all. And not just about majorContinue reading “Why Do People Never Ask Questions?”

Our “Rights” Only Extend So Far – Right?

. . I saw an American man recently who was hospitalized from Covid 19. He was recovering from his symptoms in a hospital bed and will supposedly make a full recovery. This man was very independently minded and insisted it was his right to refuse a Covid vaccine – which he had. Fair enough IContinue reading “Our “Rights” Only Extend So Far – Right?”

The Third Time Iran was Invaded – & The MOST DEADLY Yet.

The oldest Iranians alive today would still remember voting for their country’s original “supreme leader” – their democratically elected Prime Minister – back in the 1950s. Iran’s democracy and the Iranian people’s right to elect their leader in free and fair democratic elections was taken away at gunpoint by the USA/UK coup in 1953, organizedContinue reading “The Third Time Iran was Invaded – & The MOST DEADLY Yet.”

My Life in Asia

. Many years back when I thought politics and political parties had some relevence to everyday life, one of the policies that I always thought would be hugely beneficial for our small nation would have been for government to invest in their people by paying for young New Zealanders to travel overseas for maybe 6Continue reading “My Life in Asia”

Are We All Addicted?

. . Many years ago I knew an old lady who my sister used to board with. She was in her seventies perhaps, quite devoted to her christian religion and had never married. The house where they lived was near to the university I was studying at and so sometimes I went there to shareContinue reading “Are We All Addicted?”

Is Afghanistan The Latest (Really) BIG Media Lie?

99% of Afghans Support Sharia Law Since the Taliban gained control over Afghanistan, it is being widely reported in the west that the group has started imposing strict Sharia law in the country, supposedly terrorising the long suffering population in the process. However, there seems to be much less to this “alarming” headline than whatContinue reading “Is Afghanistan The Latest (Really) BIG Media Lie?”

China Graduates 1 Million Science Students Annually. US State Removes Basic Skills Required.

. https://www.rt.com/usa/531648-oregon-governor-signs-bill/ Oregon Governor signs bill removing reading, writing, & maths requirements for high school kids for 5 years. Oregonian Media . China’s universities graduate over 1 million students annually in the sciences, engineering and mathematics. What are these brilliant young people contributing to their country? I think if you look around, you will see.Continue reading “China Graduates 1 Million Science Students Annually. US State Removes Basic Skills Required.”

Yemen is Absolutely Beautiful, and So Sad.

. . What image comes to mind when you think of Yemen ? I always thought of Yemen as a dusty place, with many goat herders, and maybe, not very advanced. I don’t know why I thought that. Well, there was that one episode of “Friends” where Chandler was so desparate to escape from his (ex)Continue reading “Yemen is Absolutely Beautiful, and So Sad.”

The Two Law Changes That Destroyed America’s Media: Part 2

. . Part 2 – The 1996 Telecommuncations Act. In Part 1 we saw how in 1989 President Reagan initiated substantial change in the American media market by repealing what was colloquially called, “The Fairness Doctrine.” This was a legal requirement that media organizations had to show both sides of an issue and not beContinue reading “The Two Law Changes That Destroyed America’s Media: Part 2”

Why Is China Treated Differently in the Western Media?

. Human rights abuses have been an ongoing issue for the government of this asian giant. The abuses range from mass killings, enforced disappearances, torture, rape and sexual abuse to political repression. The Army, the Police Force and Border Security Personnel have all been accused of committing severe human rights abuses against local civilians. Human rights groups say more thanContinue reading “Why Is China Treated Differently in the Western Media?”

Is Afghanistan Another Huge Victory for China?

. . So. Another futile effort. Another failed state. The rapid collapse of another western nation building failure in Afghanistan, has seen off another occupying empire from that nation’s soil. One wonders why it was so easy for the Taliban to take over the country – seemingly without much resistance at all. Were locals simplyContinue reading “Is Afghanistan Another Huge Victory for China?”

The Deadly “Spanish” Flu Started in America.

Another story from the mainstream media hall of shame… . . What is known to be one of most devastating pandemics in history – The Great Spanish Flu of the early 20th Century – had nothing to do with Spain at all. It is just another example – like the Iran Contra scandal that hadContinue reading “The Deadly “Spanish” Flu Started in America.”

Words Have No Meaning Anymore

. If you’re old enough, you will remember that the one book everyone had in the house was a dictionary. If you didn’t know the meaning or context of a word, you looked it up in the dictionary. Flash homes even had a book called a “Thesaurus”, which was like a dictionary but it wasContinue reading “Words Have No Meaning Anymore”

My Donald Trump Test For People

. I once said to some American friends that I thought Donald Trump might be the most significant president that America ever had. I don’t think they agreed with that. In fact, I’m sure they thought I was nuts. Time and history will tell. You heard it here first! I made the comment because, toContinue reading “My Donald Trump Test For People”

Iran’s Recent History: 1979 Revolution – Their Second

The memories of the great Iranian Constitutional Revolution of 1896 – and the democracy and liberties which sprang from it – never really died amongst Iran’s people, even after their Democratic Constitution of 1906 was secretly destroyed by the United States and Britain in 1953 (see an earlier post). By the 1970s, “people power” inContinue reading “Iran’s Recent History: 1979 Revolution – Their Second”

The Two Law Changes That Destroyed America’s Media – Part 1

. Part 1 – Repeal of The Fairness Doctrine The “fairness doctrine” of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, was a policy that required the holders of television and radio broadcast licenses to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was honest, equitable, and balanced. The fairness doctrine hadContinue reading “The Two Law Changes That Destroyed America’s Media – Part 1”

Is Iran’s Democracy So Different to Ours?

. . The Iranian people got to experience a strong and vibrant democracy from 1907 – 1953, before their country was plunged back into dictatorship by the 1953 coup instigated by the USA & UK. During these five decades of real democracy in Iran, the people enjoyed systems of government very similar to that weContinue reading “Is Iran’s Democracy So Different to Ours?”

Is Mr Blinken the Dumbest Yet? Or Maybe Just the Most Arrogant?

. . https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/us-demands-immediate-release-of-canadian-jailed-by-china “American Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken demands China release Canadian Businessman Convicted of Spying” Danny just heard the news about Mr Blinken’s demands….but this is all far from funny. . So, let us just get this straight. Sorry, this is going to be a long sentence….but here goes, The Government of theContinue reading “Is Mr Blinken the Dumbest Yet? Or Maybe Just the Most Arrogant?”