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by John Black · 24/06/2019 8pm
Death and taxes, they say, are the two unavoidable facts of existence. But taxes can be avoided if you sleep in Albert Park and play the bongo drums for spare change outside McDonald's. Death, on the other hand, comes for us all.
by John Black · 20/05/2019 8pm
A year and a half out from the cannabis referendum and the air is thick with pot-head panegyrics to the delights of Mary Jane. Well I’m here to tell you the dope fiends have got it wrong. It’s almost as if their minds have been befuddled.
by John Black · 08/04/2019 9am
In 2016, the Finance website Insider Monkey sought to measure national attitudes to race by combining two previous surveys—one by the Washington Post and the other from part of the World Values Survey.
by John Black · 01/04/2019 9pm
A few years ago the English writer Douglas Murray published a book entitled "Islamophilia: A Very Metropolitan Malady". It attempted to upset the premise of widespread "Islamophobia" by cataloguing the limitless kowtowing to the tender sensitivities of the "Religion of Peace".
by John Black · 18/03/2019 1pm
In the wake of the devastating events of last Friday there have been, and will be, fingers pointed at those who hold conservative or right-wing views. This is unfair, but understandable.
by John Black · 11/03/2019 9am
In two articles on the Spinoff website, the results of the recent "People’s Harassment Report" were outlined. It claims that "one in three Maori experienced racial abuse and harassment on-line in 2018."
by John Black · 25/02/2019 9am
Question: Which American president has been the most ardent defender of gay rights? The answer of course is Donald J. Trump.
by John Black · 18/02/2019 9am
In 1212, children, first in France and then in Germany began defying their parents, leaving their farms and villages to join the Children's Crusade . They had become inflamed with religious zeal and the mad aim of retaking the Holy Land from the Mohammedans.
by John Black · 11/02/2019 9am
Jordan Peterson world famous psychologist, thinker and Kermit the frog impersonator (you’ll understand that one if you’ve ever heard him speak) is coming to town this week.
by John Black · 21/01/2019 7pm
Imagine if you will gentle reader, the following twitter exchange: ‘"Maori Culture is basically crap." "Thank you! This is brave leadership, saying what many of us have long known." Do you think this leader would survive such a faux pa?
by John Black · 10/12/2018 7pm
He’s a fat, stinking rich, narcissistic loud mouth with a penchant for baseball caps and demagogy and he’s just made a movie about Donald Trump. Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 (the date of Trump’s victory confirmation and a nifty inversion of Moore’s earlier Fahrenheit 9/11 ) is a chronicle of the ...
by John Black · 06/11/2018 8pm
The Catholic Boy’s High school I was sentenced to during the term of my teenage years held a weekly assembly, the centrepiece of which was the principal’s address, preceded by a song. Memorably, one Monday morning some poor sap chose John Lennon’s Imagine .
by John Black · 29/10/2018 8pm
Halloween is not big with the conservatively minded. It is seen as a primer in paganism, an anti-Christian gateway drug, leading to an adulthood of excessive mascara application, dressing in black, and taking Aleister Crowley seriously.
by John Black · 23/08/2018 7pm
Polarised – the title of Sunday night's public discussion between the academic Dr Cornel West and the writer Douglas Murray, was something of a misnomer. While the differences in their political outlooks were evident, what they had in common resonated more strongly.
by John Black · 30/07/2018 10am
For every age its orthodoxy, for every age its heresy. A bonfire is being readied for two modern heretics – Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux. Their chief heresy is to challenge the religion of multiculturalism.
by John Black · 02/07/2018 9am
Welcome to our village, wee one. So read the tweet sent out to the nation by St Jacinda and the fisherman to announce the arrival of their first born. Of course, they have every right to their joy and it would be a churlish and mean-spirited hack (and certainly not this churlish and mean-spirited ...
by John Black · 26/06/2018 9am
Our readers, being people of taste and discernment, will seldom have loitered at the Spinoff, a website devoted to reality T.V. and naive politics. Last week I hit rare pay dirt - an article that managed to sum up everything I despise about the modern left in under a thousand words.