Aggression as first response by Susan Grimsdell

When we all hear about Trump ranting and raving over North Korea, I’m sure there would hardly be anyone on the planet who wouldn’t think how stupid it is to poke and prod at a guy like Kim Jong-un; a bit like poking a cornered possum or an angry grizzly bear. My thought always, when I hear this kind of aggression is, why can’t they just discuss whatever it is in a calm, rational way, and come to some sort of sensible agreement using brains and words, not weapons of mass destruction.  Why… Read More

Balancing the books by Susan Grimsdell

Recently I’ve been thinking about Economics, a subject that I’ve never really understood.  What got me thinking about it was an announcement from the NZ government in August that we now have a very healthy surplus of $3.7 billion.  That sounds great.  Let’s go shopping! Surplus and debt However, I had a feeling that at the same time we have a huge national debt, so I looked on the web to find out.  Sure enough, I discovered that in 2008 New Zealand’s national debt was 16% of GDP.  Now in 2017 it’s… Read More

Food truths and untruths by Susan Grimsdell

Who can keep up with dietary advice? Who can we believe? For years we were told eggs were good; then we were told they’re not, and now they’re in favour again.  Butter’s good, then it’s not.  On it goes, until we end up not knowing what on earth we’re supposed to eat, throw up our hands and order another double cheeseburger with bacon.   The latest I’ve heard and, for once, it’s good news, is that eating chocolate is good – yes good!  I’m gobbling it down with a clear conscience before ‘they’ tell… Read More

Muslims in New Zealand by Susan Grimsdell

Muslims have been getting a bad rap lately, fanned by the illustrious President of the USA. Concerned citizens with generous hearts speak up against this negativity and are distressed to hear criticism of the refugee influx into Western countries of people from Syria and other Muslim countries.  Their argument centres on the fact that these people are not terrorists, not dangerous, just ordinary people wanting a better life for their families. Inequality on show I too don’t consider Muslim people to be terrorists in the sense that they do not wish to… Read More

Alt truth by Susan Grimsdell

Reading the news lately, you’d think ‘alt truth’ is a Trumpish invention.  Of course it isn’t – lies and damned lies have been around since the beginning of time.  The trouble with lies is that they quickly take on a life of their own and become truth.  Jonathan Swift (born 1667), understood this power.  He said, ‘If a lie is believed for only half an hour it hath done its work’. Housing falsehoods Once a lie is out there, a whole web is spun around it, until the original lie is buried… Read More