Jeremy Baker

“Azadi” - Freedom, Fascism, Fiction - Arundhati Roy

An incredible set of essays on our times, focussed on India, but relevant everywhere.

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Georgia, Georgia The whole day through This old sweet song Keeps Georgia on my mind…

What if Instead of Calling People Out, We Called Them In?

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Calling out assumes the worst. Calling in involves conversation, compassion and context. It doesn’t mean a person should ignore harm, slight or damage, but nor should she, he or they exaggerate it.

Getting everyone on the same bus / train / waka is hard work, especially when it comes to climate change #hewakaekenoa #mbnov #climatechange

May the Force be with you #mbnov

“A country of possibilities”. Welcome back, America.

The ties that bind us are greater than the forces which seek to pull us apart #mbnov

Parliamentary trees

I haven’t had to inflate a rugby 🏉 ball in years. But I do remember playing rugby with New Zealand’s new Deputy Prime Minister as part of NZ’s first gay 🌈 rugby team :) #mbnov

It’s puzzling why so many people vote the way they do, all over the world #mbnov

It seems there is nothing some politicians will not stoop to, in order to retain power… #mbnov

I’m near to going to bed. What a day. #mbnov

Community housing, Wellington City Council.

Delighted that this has been fully renovated.

Cheap.

Government spends $20 million on Covid-19 advertising campaign delivered at ‘breakneck pace’ | Stuff.co.nz

The cost of people not receiving important information relating to Covid-19 was far greater than the cost of the advertising, he said.

NZ Bookshop Day - on Election Day!

Aotearoa New Zealand takes voting seriously. These are the voting locations in Wellington City, population 213,000. Voting is open for 2 weeks, plus postal voting.

Voted. #electionsnz

The brownshirts are preparing...

The latest Atlantic story about extreme militia groups preparing to contest the US election is deeply, deeply troubling:

wars don’t always start with a clear, decisive event—an attack, a coup, an invasion—and that you might not realize you’re in one until it’s under way. Civil conflict is gradual.

Has the US conflict already begun? What can be done to halt it?

Read more: Right-Wing Militias Are Bracing for Civil War - The Atlantic

Work - a history of how we spend out time

James Suzman’s new book 📚 “Work - a history of how we spend out time” is a fascinating and thought-provoking review of the long run history of work and the impact of agriculture and industrialisation. It highlights the opportunity, in a world of increasing automation, to transform how we organise our lives and economies to support ourselves and each other. As John Maynard Keynes thought:

by 2030, capital accumulation, improvements in productivity and technological advances would have solved the “economic problem” and ushered in an age in which no one besides a few “purposive moneymakers” worked more than 15 hours in a week

We now have a chance to turn that prediction into reality.

Read more: The 300,000-year case for the 15-hour week – Finanz.dk

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NZ political folklore

“Campaign” is part of NZ political folklore.

I remember the 1996 Wellington Central campaign and election vividly. I knew several of the candidates and the film maker from student politics.

A great write up on Spinoff:

thespinoff.co.nz/politics/…

Outrageous, immoral, unacceptable.

 Shame, America, shame. ACLU Report: Detained Immigrant Children Subjected To Widespread Abuse By Officials : The Two-Way : NPR

“The Plot Against America”

Rereading Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America”. Because he warned America, but was not heard loudly enough. Fascism has come to the USA.

Five types of gun laws the Founding Fathers loved

Fascinating: theconversation.com/five-type…

Hallelujah. Thank you Alabama. And especially Selma, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile. “We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream”

End of the Mugabe Era?

As the Mugabe era in Zimbabwe appears to be ending, its worth noting: - Unemployment is above 90 percent. - Up to a quarter of the population has voted with its feet by leaving the country.

www.theatlantic.com/internati…