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Donald Trump's Ego

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Adolf Hitler once claimed, “When you have control of people’s minds you have absolutely everything.”

Donald Trump is less sophisticated. Unparalleled control through fear and unpredictability is his modus operandi. Trump spends up to 3 hours a day watching cable TV to see for himself how much air-time each daily event is commanding. Television coverage means everything to him and he sits and gloats over how the name Trump dominates the news worldwide.

Generation X Obsession

drfosterI recently watched the final episode of Doctor Foster on TV One. While the plot may have stretched the limits of credibility in pursuit of good drama, the finale pulled together a brilliant summation of modern life and its pitfalls.

The two main characters were a divorced couple (with a teenaged son) who focused their energies on destroying one another. The two madly busy, upwardly mobile Generation Xers stumbled from one confrontation to the next, paying little heed to the effects their obsessional behaviour was having on a son torn between parents.

The writers very cleverly depicted self-absorbed paths of destruction which led to oblivion. So busy sticking knives in one another, they failed to acknowledge the damage their behaviour was having on their son, a mere pawn in a bigger game. They lacked sufficient empathy to acknowledge the pain and humiliation of their son. Eventually, the boy Tom reached breaking point and disappeared into the ether, becoming a missing person statistic.

Thus, “Doctor Foster” is an important piece of drama that crystalizes the incredible selfishness of modern society.

They’re keeping us in the dark!

Balancing the upsides and downsidesdark
Not much in nature or science is totally beneficial or totally detrimental. There are upsides and downsides to everything. Many downsides don’t even register on the radar, but being uninformed is no longer adequate in a world that is destructing before our very eyes.
With a new Labour led government, there couldn’t be a more opportune time for Kiwis to push for far more consumer product transparency. Until recent times, major corporates had little difficulty in concealing less palatable aspects of their operations, but with the advent of social media era nothing is secret anymore.
To make informed decisions, consumers need to be alerted to potential harms via packaging information. Harm is a very broad term, but it could range from the known downsides of added sugar in food to animal testing of cosmetics. 

Nothing New Under the Sun



Forty-four years ago, I visited a casino in England where a lone gunman armed with 2 hand guns murdered 7 people. I was fortunate to have been in the function room rather than the gaming room when an aggrieved (big roller) punter went on the rampage.


Prophetic Message

Amazing how Samsung delved back 50 years to find the right song for their phone Ad. The phone represents the latest technology, the song is beautifully sung by Rufus Wainwright and John Lennon's message is eternal.


Today I lost it!

After weeks of hearing people tell me they were too busy or too tired to interact with me, I exploded in despair. Most of the individuals I endured had recently sought my help, but once they'd extracted what they wanted, they didn’t want to know.  After accepting my help, advice and hospitality, they truly believed they could discard me like a food wrapper.

British Crawling!

Chris Patten last British governor of Hong Kong, comments on British stance towards Chinese repression of Hong Kong : "A craven Britain has demeaned itself with China, Brexit will make it worse."
"On the whole, we have continued to operate under the delusion that unless you bow low enough you will never do any business in China.” 

Pompous Pom!

Brilliant win Emirates Team New Zealand, the result speaks for itself. Incredibly proud!

Alas, Stevie Morrison, former Olympic sailor and now commentator for BT Sport tried to muscle in on the success!morrison Just as the Emirates Team New Zealand entourage arrived back at shore, Morrison with mic in hand, pushed Peter Burling to one side to grab one of the team's designers who just happened to be British. He made comments suggesting that due to this man's involvement, the British should take some credit for winning the cup and asked the guy if he would now be leaving the Kiwi syndicate to join the British entry. Given that party was in full swing and the awards ceremony hadn't yet taken place, this was ill-timed, inappropriate and cringe-worthy. It displays just how desperate the British are to attach themselves in any-which-way they can to the success of others.

Morrison you're a plonker!

(Posted this on The Guardian sailing page in answer to the whingers!)

It is hugely positive that so many glamorous sports are patronised by the extremely wealthy. For example, few public or accountable bodies could justify spending megabucks on sailboat racing, yet billionaires seemingly can’t help themselves.

This is great not only for sailing but horse racing and motorsport to name just three. It allows us all, from time to time to enjoy a bit of excitement as spectators. But here’s the rub. Most sports participants who hit the big time come from ordinary backgrounds. A desire to learn and participate in a sporting discipline has far more currency than a rich daddy!

So stop whingeing about the super- wealthy, just do your bit to help them spend!

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