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Covid-19 And The Common Cold

Thursday, 8 April 2021, 9:03 am | Keith Rankin

Is the worst of Covid-19 yet to come? The most recent wave of Covid19 is, I suspect, much more significant than the headlines so far would suggest. This phase started in Europe, has been very evident in South America, and is now apparent in Asia (eg ... More >>

Solving The Housing Crisis: Making Homes

Tuesday, 30 March 2021, 10:11 am | Keith Rankin

Getting the Language Correct Aotearoa New Zealand has a housing problem; a very big housing problem, and a problem not unique to New Zealand. While political leaders and privileged commentators do acknowledge the problem, the discussion remains befuddled, ... More >>

Homo Stupidus?

Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 1:30 pm | Keith Rankin

"If the nations of the world fail to honour the pledges they made in Paris, the climate could return to Pliocene conditions when okapi-like creatures and giant vipers thrived in Europe. … Ernst Haeckel's name for our Neanderthal ancestors, ... More >>


Tuesday, 16 March 2021, 11:12 am | Keith Rankin

"What psychologists call apophenia – the human tendency to see connections and patterns that are not really there – gives rise to conspiracy theories". The Gordon Riots "June ... More >>

The International Labour System

Friday, 12 March 2021, 4:41 pm | Keith Rankin

Historical Background Societies split into two strata following the post ice age (Neolithic) agricultural revolution. The new split, between ruling 'beneficiaries' and subservient 'workers', was made possible by the creation of food surpluses. (It More >>

Friday's Tsunami Messaging: Why Not Tauranga And Auckland?

Monday, 8 March 2021, 3:30 pm | Keith Rankin

On Friday at 6am I woke up in Covid Level 3 Auckland to news of a big earthquake around 100km east of East Cape, at about 2:30am. While many people in Auckland had apparently felt it, many more had uninterrupted sleep. Descriptions on Radio New ... More >>

Our Neanderthal Ancestry

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 10:20 am | Keith Rankin

After my partner read Dan Salmon's novel Neands – written during lockdown in 2020 – I decided to renew my interest in our distant ancestry, in part with a concern that homo neanderthalensis has been unable to shake off, so far, its unflattering ... More >>

39,000 Steps

Monday, 15 February 2021, 2:53 pm | Keith Rankin

Last Thursday I walked the Tongariro (Alpine) Crossing with my partner. Actually, it was my third time, having also enjoyed that beautiful volcanic walk in 1979 and 1990. This was my first time with a mobile phone in my pocket. My phone assured me ... More >>

Science: The Good, The Ugly, The False, And The Expedient

Friday, 18 December 2020, 11:07 am | Keith Rankin

2020 has been the year of the scientist, or at least the public health scientist. Science is a method, not a discipline; it includes social science, because social science does at least notionally apply the scientific method. While being about the ... More >>

Queen Of Hearts, With Teeth

Thursday, 17 December 2020, 4:07 pm | Keith Rankin

I recently watched Season Four of 'The Crown'. Yes, it's a drama, not a documentary. The two dominant characters – outside of the Windsor bloodline – were Princess Diana and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Both characters were probably overplayed, ... More >>

Easter Sunday 2019

Thursday, 10 December 2020, 3:17 pm | Keith Rankin

I was in Victoria, Canada over Easter weekend in 2019. On Easter Sunday I returned to my hotel, to the shocking news of a set of coordinated suicide bombings in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 267 people died that day, and at least 500 others were injured. The target ... More >>

Microbes And Macrobes

Tuesday, 8 December 2020, 4:07 pm | Keith Rankin

To understand the world we live in, it is important to read books written in different time periods. Older literature does not have access to the latest research and currently fashionable tropes, and they may include some expressions that would be censured ... More >>

Microbes And Macrobes

Tuesday, 8 December 2020, 3:56 pm | Keith Rankin

To understand the world we live in, it is important to read books written in different time periods. Older literature does not have access to the latest research and currently fashionable tropes, and they may include some expressions that would be censured ... More >>

Fixing The 2020 New Zealand House Price Bubble

Monday, 23 November 2020, 5:32 pm | Keith Rankin

To the surprise of most pundits, substantial real estate price inflation has resumed, after a hiatus from 2017 to 2019. As to be expected, most of the usual tropes have been employed: a lack of supply, immigration (in this latest case returning New Zealanders), ... More >>

Masks As Social Engineering

Monday, 16 November 2020, 10:01 am | Keith Rankin

On Friday the mainstream news media has been reporting that, today, the decision will be taken to make mask-wearing compulsory on Auckland's buses, trains and ferries; and on all domestic flights in New Zealand. None of the news reports indicate that ... More >>

The New 'Centre-Left' Establishment

Wednesday, 11 November 2020, 4:26 pm | Keith Rankin

The Linear Political Spectrum In both New Zealand and United States, we have just seen the political success of the one-dimensional political centre; perhaps a nudge to the left of centre. By one-dimensional (or 'linear'), we mean the traditional ... More >>

Public Debt: Pay It Back Or Pay It Forward?

Friday, 16 October 2020, 8:53 am | Keith Rankin

I recently encountered the concept "pay it forward", with reference to a debt. While it was in a personal context that I came across this concept, on reflection I am wondering why – as a follower of news media – I have never heard the concept ... More >>

Existential Concerns

Wednesday, 14 October 2020, 4:02 pm | Keith Rankin

This 21st century epoch is coming to be one of 'existential crises', meaning that various large-scale dangers are increasingly coming to be seen to threaten 'our' existence, where 'our' most commonly relates to people, but may also relate to multicellular More >>

Aotearoan Origins

Friday, 9 October 2020, 1:41 pm | Keith Rankin

Over the last month, I enjoyed watching Origins on TV1. Very ambitiously, it looked at the origins of Tangata Whenua, going all the way back to the origins of humanity in Africa. Nevertheless, the final episode in particular bothered me. It presented ... More >>

The 2020 New Zealand Election Is Not A Foregone Conclusion.

Friday, 25 September 2020, 11:11 am | Keith Rankin

The most recent TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll felt about right: Labour/Green on 54% and National/Act on 38% of decided voters. But I sense that Labour is losing momentum. What needs to happen to make Judith Collins the Prime Minister in October? National/Act ... More >>