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On the contradictions and hypocrisy of our hybrid global/local world

Posted by Philip on 6 February 2017, 2:23 pm in , , , , , , , , ,

Does anyone remember any countries holding select committees to decide whether or not people should be allowed to use the internet? Whether or to export and import goods to and from each other? Whether or not to recognise (heterosexual, at least) marriages within each other's boundaries? Maybe I missed something, but I don't recall these or other such arguments.


That's because the internet and international trade were agreed to be mutually beneficial to the global community and economy, as well as those of individual countries. There are exceptions of course, such as the TPPA, but these exceptional debates are usually driven by protesters, not by governments and industries (although, Trump's dismissal of the TPPA highlights the fragility of this kind of generalisation, but please bear with me).

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When diversity isn't diversity

Posted by Philip on 16 May 2016, 12:04 pm in , , , , , , , ,

I was disappointed but not surprised that a diversity debate at the Auckland Writers Festival yesterday turned out to be an ethnicity debate, with a little parlance about binary gender thrown in for good measure.

Image | Auckland Writers Festival

When I asked at the end why in 2016 a diversity debate's scope would be so narrow (apart from author Victor Rodger mentioning a fa'afafine character in one of his novels), after a resounding applause from the audience, I was met with varying levels of defensiveness, including:

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Nick Jonas — damned if he does

Posted by Philip on 4 February 2016, 9:59 am in , , , , ,

Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers is being accused of 'gay-baiting’ his LGBT fans to further his career by regularly partying in gay bars and performing at a number of Pride events all around America, according to the Gay Times.

The star told Complex:

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HIV tango takes two – let's toughen up on responsibility and prevention

Posted by Philip Patston on 24 June 2009, 6:20 pm in , , , , , , ,

The question I'm asking myself, as I read that another 13 people have come forward saying they had unsafe sex with Glenn Richard Albert Mills, accused of deliberately infecting young men and at least one young woman with HIV, is: Why the hell are people still having unsafe sex with strangers?

Without in any way condoning Mills' actions, lesser still his intent, I can't get it out of my head that, somehow, anyone who is naive enough to have unprotected sex with someone they hardly know these days has denial problems. Either that or kids are leaving school never having heard of HIV and AIDS, in which case, schools need a severe bollocking.

AIDS is coming up for its 30th anniversary – that's nearly two generations. No one should even be thinking "sex" without "potential death if unprotected" anymore. Should they? Everyone should know by now that you can't trust even the most trust-worthy of tricks because they themselves might not know they're infected. Shouldn't they?

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