Darn it! We’ve lost the Trump Show.  But like any series this one had to finish its run, one which was finally killed off by his wearisome tweets, his lies, his vulgarity, and his vanity. In some ways it was an old story: bad guy terrorises the town. Good guy rides in and takes him down, as all old Western movies showed us.

It was a fitting end, for Trump took the world’s biggest democracy to the precipice of autocracy. So as the indulged child-President whined about this fake claim, the lights finally dimmed and went out.

Miscellany October

‘The coronavirus pandemic marks the end of our romance with market society and hyper-individualism. We could turn toward authoritarianism. Imagine President Donald Trump trying to suspend the November election. Consider the prospect of a military crackdown. The dystopian scenario is real. But I believe we will go in the other direction.

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And the winner is…

The Me generation is usually identified as the one born after us. But no matter what the pundits say there is no Me generation. There are only Me people and, as each elections cycle shows, the Me people always have a winning vote.

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NZ Dementia Action Plan

  This extract from the NZ Dementia Action Plan, prepared by Alzheimers NZ, the New Zealand Dementia Foundation, and Dementia NZ, with the voices and input of over 300 individuals and groups is the proverbial canary in the coalmine. It points to inadequate services especially to the elderly, those with disabilities and minorities among others:

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Referendum

There are so many good referendum arguments for and against the availability of cannabis and ‘end of life choice’ that picking the bones out of them and voting will take a little longer than ticking a box.

In both cases I tend to the liberalisation argument; one from a considered point of view, the other more emotive than intellectual.

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Who said that first? – (To) know what’s what

(To) know what’s what

Sometimes said of society matrons who understand perfect etiquette and the science of dinner-table seating. Or pundits who know local political gossip and the status of the financial markets. The term first appears in Hudibras by Samuel Butler (1663):

He knew what’s what, and that’s as high

As metaphysic wit can fly.

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Great auditions

For some years Chris travelled the country looking for new talent to make their debut on Television. New Zealand has a history of talent quests at the beach over summer or in local halls up and down the country raising funds for all sorts of projects. Radio and television had early versions called “Have a Shot” often compered by John Maybury.  But he remembers a few auditions which returned huge rewards.  

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Journalism in crisis

Sometimes when you begin the belated business of de-cluttering, you find something precious. Much of the other files contained the trite and trivial along with boring ministerial statements and these were binned for they were no longer relevant.

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Miscellany – September

How the spread of Covid 19 is based on two things.

  1. How dense the population is.
  2. How dense the population is.

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Here’s the best summary of that self-styled ‘stable genius’ – President Trump. It comes from Ed Yong, staff writer covering science for that great and enduring magazine The Atlantic.  It’s titled How the Pandemic Defeated America and it’s a searing description of Trump as he   wrote off the Corona virus.

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