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Alan Charman - Opinion, Investigation, Dissent
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July 2017

There are legends, then there's this bloke - All Hail Chris Johnson!


March already? And so busy I didn't notice my sole comment for the year had a broken link!

Predictions for the year and beyond

December 2016

I have a saying that goes: The point of equilibrium has passed; satire and current events are now indistinguishable.

Here's the proof: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/dec/06/bad-little-childrens-books-satire-pulled-following-racism-accusations

Ooh look! A new post.

A beautiful lesson in the human species and how society works.

I was scrolling through the latest list of top-level domain extensions, just to see what's new, when I was struck by the highest and lowest prices to buy one. These are the .science, etc that can now be bought and used instead of .com, etc. Prices range from the single example of extensions priced at $9-95, to the one at the opposite end of the scale, which is a staggering $4014-95. By comparison, a .com extension costs $21-50.

The most expensive extension? Predictably:


While the cheapest of all domains is .work.

26 October: A new low in policing. The filthy pigs using the cover of breath-testing to take details of euthanasia advocates. Little wonder they attract pejoratives like "pigs" and "filth".

This is as disgraceful an abuse of police power that you will ever see.

A note for readers: I haven't posted anything new here for a while, and don't intend to do so unless something truly startling happens.


There are two reasons:

1 - I am bloody busy!

2 - I constantly find that I'm saying the same things on the same subjects over and over again, because nothing changes. One simple example: I was driving around yesterday with one of our workers and he commented on a massive swimming pool, which was clearly being delivered to someone's house. We agreed that the cost would be somewhere around the $30,000 mark. Easy when your house value has increased by $300,000 in the past year and will do so again in the next year.

I compare that side of Auckland with the other, where a family struggles to scrape up $50.

Nothing changes, and I'm sick of repeating myself.

Posts may be rare, but I haven't given up.

Fluoridation: No Comment Required

Who votes for whom? USA Politics


Good god, a banker, and ANZ banker at that, talks an amazing amount of sense.

Theresa May Trolls Entire Planet!

Too Easy: Blame Whitey

Captain Obvious at the RBNZ!

Justice - A Standing Joke

Someone Else's Problem

Water Bad - Bullets Good

Auckland City Council's Sheer Genius!

The True Horror of Private Prisons, by Mother Jones.

Proven right, but no gloating

The Problem Generation. Hint: It's Not Millennials

Captain Obvious + Olly Newland in Agreement

Orwell Strikes Again

18 Years Married on 6/6/16! Wouldn't swap a day of it.

72 Minutes

When in Rome...

We Have Reached Peak Fear

Someone Else's Problem

Biggest Douche Found

Shooting Good, Graffiti of Shooting Bad

Wage Slavery

Is Bullshit on Sale?

Note to Maori: Please Stop Murdering Your Children!

When Legal Tender isn't Legal Tender


Stupid Old Farts

April 2016

A new definition for "irony": walking into a Kiwibank and hearing two staff members chatting away in Hindi.

Holy Crap! Twice in two days, now I'm worried

Fluoride: The End!

Turkey, where the President is the biggest turkey of them all

Labour: The Last Chance Express

NCEA and your child

The Perfect Irony

Black face, white face..

Auckland Needs Phil Goff

March 2016

The Greatest "Pics or it didn't happen" ever!

Mission Accomplished!

Stupidity is infinite

Robots are taking our jobs!

PC Continues to Go Nuts

Our First New Home! The reality you don't see on TV.

Who Pays?

Northland is...

Hells Angels 50; Police 0

Kiwi Legend: Scott Dixon

It Isn't Easy Being a Cop!

Dilworth Old Boy Racists

What the hell is going on in Flat Bush?

Want to reduce gang income? Legalise Drugs!

The Auckland Cup!

Why is BCITO (a government agency) Breaking its Own Law?

Colour me sceptical

February 2016

Corrupt practice at NZ schools. Fancy seeing Auckland Grammar!

Are you a moron on climate change?

26 February

Cats, and why you shouldn't believe everything you read.

Whatever else you do today, give money to Fiji - they are one of our closest neighbours and are in desperate need.

22 February

Another reason why the psychiatric industry is a joke.

Why you should shun IPOs offered by Private Equity Funds.

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