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Dominion by Tom Holland
by John Black · 11/04/2020 3pm
Richard Dawkins, Greta Thunberg, President Trump, Jacinda Ardern, Martin Luther King, and the Beatles. What does the disparate group above have in common?
by John Black · 24/03/2020 5pm
In 1346, the Mongolian army brought the Black Death to Europe. Laying siege to the Crimean port of Caffa, Jani Beg the leader of the Golden Horde decided to catapult the infected corpses of his comrades over the city walls.
by John Black · 16/03/2020 2pm
It’s been a year since an act of a madman shocked the country. Fifty-one souls lost to a psychopath on an autumn afternoon in Christchurch. Our worst act of peacetime violence shouldn’t be an easy thing to forget.
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 · 15/04/2019 9am
When a chance arises not three kilometres from your place of residence to catch a glimpse of a creature of near mythic reputation, previously thought to be long extinct, you take it.
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 ...
Alexandria Occasional-Cortex
by John Black · 19/11/2018 8am
I was a teenage communist. For about a week. One of my routine excavations of the local library had uncovered a copy of the Communist Manifesto by Messrs Engels and Marx. This insufferableness came to an end when my wise and gentle father gave me another book.
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 · 18/09/2018 9am
The annual government enforced Te Reo week has prompted the usual high-minded musings from media and academic worthies, including invoking the concept of "decolonisation". John Black browses Teen Vogue to find answers.
by John Black · 10/09/2018 8pm
Last week, one of those controversies that could only exist in the age of the Twittersphere set the American commentariat briefly alight. "First Man", a biopic of Neil Armstrong currently doing the festival circuit, irked the patriotic by not depicting America’s proudest moment.

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