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Hedging Pascal’s bet

[...]the argument does nothing to prove whether or not the proposition that God exists is actually true or not . . .

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To woo NZ First, or lay it waste? That is the question.

John Key’s solution to this strategic dilemma was characteristically simple: destroy Peters and his party. Drive NZ First out of Parliament and leave his fundamentally conservative followers with nowhere to go except back to National . . .

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Whaleoil at the movies: They Shall Not Grow Old

Using computerised 3D as well as colour also gives the footage an uncomfortable depth of reality. Instead of flat, grey images, this is a fully experienced world, where the mud and torn trees fade away in the distance to the green of Flander’s fields and farmlands . . .

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Politics and War

Crises happen because we get to a point in civilisation where several generations are so busy living, begetting, transacting, pursuing happiness and enjoying the offerings of peace, that we fail to pay sufficient attention to issues which may pose a threat . . .

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An Atheist’s Christmas

The celebration of Christmas is the one tradition that still unites an increasingly secular and divided West. That alone should be treasured.

But how far should atheists “appropriate” the Christmas traditions . . .

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Making heavy weather of the worst job in the world

Bridges needs to decide, and quickly, if the 46 percent of New Zealanders who declare their preference for National are, indeed, the sort of people who spend all their time watching Fox News . . .

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Brexit won, then stymied, thanks to Nigel Farage

Farage should’ve been Robinson’s greatest ally -  but Farage betrayed him, just as he betrayed Brexit . . .

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National doesn’t need a friendly ghost, it needs a free spirit

Who, then, are the free spirits in the National Party’s present caucus? Who among them is brave enough to think differently? To behave unexpectedly . . .

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Give me liberty or give me forced egalitarianism!

Why was the American Revolution such a monumental success in comparison to the French Revolution . . .

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Could John Tamihere win an ‘us’ versus ‘them’ contest for the Auckland mayoralty?

One possibility might be to pick up the fallen banner of the late Penny Bright. This eccentric campaigner never stopped asserting that Auckland City’s opaque accounting practices have hidden, and continue to hide, hundreds of millions of dollars expended annually on contractors. Money that has brought no discernible benefit to Auckland’s citizens . . .

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