Best of VJMP 2017

The 64 most popular articles or essays on www.vjmpublishing.nz, measured by a weighted algorithm that counted unique pageviews, time reading the page, and social media comments and shares on the page in question during 2017, are here collected in the book Best of VJMP 2017.

The paperback version of the New Zealand Edition of Best of VJMP 2017 is available from the VJM Publishing TradeMe store for $31.90

The paperback version of the International Edition of Best of VJMP 2017 is available from Amazon for CreateSpace for USD15.99

The following is a list of links to the top-ranked articles and essays, in order of where they were placed by the algorithm.

1. When Cannabis Becomes Legal, Psychedelics Are Next

2. Spirituality Is The Ultimate Threat To The Government

3. Sobriety Bias Syndrome

4. New Zealand Should Start Accepting White South Africans As Refugees

5. Things That Will Stop Happening With A Universal Basic Income

6. Did Richie McCaw Destroy International Rugby?

7. The Solution to Nelson Drunkenness is Cannabis Cafes on Bridge Street

8. The “Hard Question” of Consciousness Was Solved Thousands of Years Ago

9. The Great Fractal

10. Should People Lose The Right to Vote When They Get the Pension?

11. Whatever Happened to The Polynesian Takeover of New Zealand Rugby?

12. The Three Main Forms of Virtue Signalling

13. Why Lucifer is a Symbol of Enlightenment

14. Anti-Buddhism

15. Is New Zealand The Worst Country On Earth?

16. The Symbiotic Relationship Between Humans and Cats

17. If Doctors Stopped Lying About Cannabis They Might be Believed on Vaccines

18. The 16-Point Program of the New Zealand Anti-Puritan Party

19. How Cyberpunk Did The World Become?

20. Fellas – It’s (Almost Entirely) A Question Of Demonstrating A Capacity For Resource Acquisition

21. How to Not Sound Crazy When Talking About Your Psychedelic Experiences

22. Peter Dunne Just Made it Legal to Violate the Bill of Rights Act

23. Did Aleister Crowley Predict That Donald Trump Would Become a Great Man?

24. How the Ruling Class Stays in Power

25. Who is at the Helm of Your Ship?

26. An Anarcho-Homicidalist Primer

27. The Four Great Masculine Motivations

28. Why Kiwis Hate the Police II

29. Why The Concept Of White Genocide Doesn’t Make Sense

30. Can the Lions Cope With Blitzkrieg Rugby?

31. If Speculative Fiction Genres Were Psychoactive Drugs

32. Is Ross Taylor the Most Underrated Kiwi Sportsman of All Time?

33. The Four Tenets of Anarcho-Homicidalism

34. Cannabis Prohibition is a Pakeha Law With No Place in Aotearoa

35. Cannabis and Alcohol Users Must Unite Against the Wowsers and Control Freaks

36. Are the Black Caps Really a Better Test Side than the Baggy Greens?

37. New Zealand Political Journalism Is Such Absolute Garbage

38. What’s Defective in the Brain of Gareth Morgan?

39. The Two Strains of Neo-Christianity

40. The Basics of Anarcho-Homicidalist Etiquette

41. If Materialism Is False, Death Is Nothing To Fear

42. Social Justice Warrior Culture Is The Totalitarianism of Our Age

43. Alt-Centrism: A Political Philosophy Whose Time Has Come

44. Beneficiaries Are The Only True Environmentalists

45. Are We Living In The Kali Yuga?

46. How Well Did The Economy Do Under John Key?

47. Freethinkers! It’s Time to Pull Back to the Secret Societies Again…

48. Could Amelia Kerr Play For the Black Caps?

49. Why Christianity Will Destroy The West (Again)

50. New Zealand is Now More Backwards Than South Africa

51. Blade Runner 2049 Shows That Cyberpunk Will Live Forever

52. Is David Seymour the Biggest Coward in the New Zealand Parliament?

53. In New Zealand, Growing Cannabis is Worse Than Raping Children With No Remorse

54. The Life Cycle of Internet Forums

55. Tall Poppy Syndrome Is A Slave Morality

56. The Boringest T20I Is Worse Than The Boringest ODI

57. We Don’t Need a Cannabis Referendum – Just Legalise It

58. Jacinda Ardern Lied To Us About Changing The Medicinal Cannabis Laws

59. Toxic Femininity

60. If You Want Cannabis Law Reform in 2017, Pray Bill English Gets Cancer

61. Is It Time to Ban Male Infant Genital Mutilation in New Zealand?

62. Should We Lower Women’s Pensions to Bridge The “Gender Death Gap”?

63. Stockholm Syndrome and Modern Society

64. Trip Report: 35mg 2C-B-FLY (Doors of Deception)

Not A Manifesto

VJM Publishing is working with Not A Party to produce a manifesto of New Zealand anarchist thought, titled Not A Manifesto.

The idea is that the document will serve initially as a FAQ indexed on this page (or rather a FUQ of Frequently Unanswered Questions), later to be made into a paperback for sale on TradeMe and Amazon once there are enough entries.

NOT A MANIFESTO ESSAYS (last update 09 JUL 17)

What is Anarchism? (Agent Orange)

The Government Giveth; The Government Taketh Away (Propaganda Minister)

What’s the best place for a guerrilla soup kitchen? (Culture Vulture)

Learn Maori Vocabulary With Mnemonics

Leading up to the Southern Summer Solstice of 2018, VJM Publishing will be co-operating with Jeff Ngatai to put together a book about learning the vocabulary of Te Reo Maori by using mnemonics.

A follow up to our 2012 publication Learn Spanish Vocabulary With Mnemonics, this book will essentially seek to achieve the same goal: to help native speakers of English learn another language as efficiently as possible.

A mnemonic is a way of arranging information so that, when you learn it, it is much easier to remember. An example of a mnemonic is the fictional boy’s name ROY G. BIV – not a real name but if you can remember it you can remember red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet: the colours of the rainbow.

Note! A mnemonic is a tool for learning how to remember words, not a tool for learning how to pronounce words! This book will teach you how to remember the Maori translations for a moderately large number of English words, which will make it much easier and faster for you to learn the necessary vocabulary to speak fluent Te Reo. However, if you want to learn how to pronounce these words you have to listen to a native speaker and imitate them! This book can only be used in conjunction with e.g. YouTube videos that feature native speakers speaking the language. They will teach you how to pronounce the words – this book will tell you how to remember which of the most important thousand or so words translate from English to Maori and vice-versa.

Mnemonics were used by ancient Greek and Roman statesmen to memorise the 20 or 30-minute speeches that they were forced to give in order to prove their mental competence to govern.

Used skillfully, they are capable of rapidly increasing the speed at which a student can learn a set body of information as well as the length of time that the body of information can be remembered before it starts to degrade.

A common way to use a mnemonic to learn a piece of foreign language vocabulary is to imagine a scene, as realistically as possible, replete with sights and smells and sounds.

There must be something about the scene that links the sound of the word that you are trying to learn with the word in English, so that the two of them become associated in your memory (associative learning is the basis of mnemonics).

If you wanted to learn that the Swedish word for ‘table’ is ‘bord’ you can imagine a man sitting at a table with his head in one hand, looking bored. Once you associate the sight of the table with the word ‘bored’ you have also associated table with the similar-sounding ‘bord’.

An example of a mnemonic to learn Maori language vocabulary might be as follows.

Let’s say you want to learn that the word for ‘man’ is ‘tane’. You might imagine yourself peering into a fog and seeing a fleeting shape. The shape takes the form of a man, and you hear him speak in a man’s voice.

It is definitely a man – and then the fog clears more and you see that the man was Tony Soprano (if you don’t know who Tony Soprano is, imagine that man is anyone else you know named Tony).

If you need to remember the name for ‘man’ at any point, this mnemonic should help your subconscious mind recall the link between the idea of ‘man’ and a sound similar to ‘Tony’ – and so you should remember that the translation is ‘tane’.

All of the mnemonics in the upcoming book Learn Maori Vocabulary With Mnemonics are of this kind: a simple, powerful visual image that makes a phonetic connection between a word in English and its translation in Te Reo Maori.

Starting tomorrow, this website will start to present short lists of English-Maori mnemonics that are excerpts from the upcoming book.

Previous lists of mnemonics for native speakers of English looking to learn Maori vocabulary:

Home Words
Competition Words
Military Words
Physical Dimensions
Sports Words
Natural Cycles
Entertainment Words
Colour Words
Animal Words
Head Words
Travel Words
Nature Words
Food Words
Kitchen Words
Garden Words
Caring and Sharing Words

Understanding New Zealand

Dan McGlashan’s Understanding New Zealand has now (07 DEC 17) been released as a paperback 2nd Edition to take into account the results of the 2017 General Election.

This brilliant and unprecedented demographic analysis of the full breadth of the people of Aotearoa has been updated to tell you what groups of people voted for which parties in the 2017 General Election, exactly which demographics supported those parties and how strongly.

It will also tell you about the direction and size of trends in voting patterns from 2014.

Compiling the data from the Electorate Profiles index on the New Zealand Parliament website into a correlation matrix, Understanding New Zealand discusses the various interrelations between age, income, sex, education, occupation, industry, ethnicity, religion, tenure of dwelling, how the North Island compares to the South and even tobacco smoking habits.

Over 11,000 correlations were examined in the writing of this book, allowing McGlashan to bring enlightenment to any Kiwi with an interest in sociology, psychology, anthropology or politics.

The paperback version of the New Zealand Edition of Understanding New Zealand is available from the VJM Publishing TradeMe store for $35.60

The paperback version of the International Edition of Understanding New Zealand is available from Amazon for USD19.99.

The Kindle version of the International Edition of Understanding New Zealand is available from Amazon for AUD11.99.

Writing With the DSM (Writing With Psychology Book 5)

This book, fifth in VJM Publishing’s Writing With Psychology series and due for release in the summer of 2018/19, details how to write engaging characters who have mental illnesses listed in the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders.

There are several reasons why the subject of mental illness and disorder is of interest to a reader.

1. Borderline Personality Disorder
2. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
3. Avoidant Personality Disorder
4. Schizotypal Personality Disorder
5. Antisocial Personality Disorder
6. Narcissistic Personality Disorder
7. Paranoid Personality Disorder
8. Histrionic Personality Disorder
9. Phobias
10. Dependent Personality Disorder
11. Conduct Disorder
12. Oppositional Defiant Disorder
13. Narcolepsy
14. Bulimia Nervosa
15. Anorexia Nervosa
16. Illness Anxiety Disorder
17. Dissociative Identity Disorder
18. Depersonalisation Disorder
19. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
20. Generalised Anxiety Disorder
21. Clinical Depression
22. Bipolar Disorder
23. Schizophrenia
24. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
25. Autism Spectrum Disorder
26. Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder
27. Panic Disorder

Learn Spanish Vocabulary With Mnemonics

This book uses mnemonics to teach Spanish vocabulary as quickly and efficiently as possible. Some of the mnemonics are weird, some sexy, some cheerfully obscene, but all are memorable.

The system offered in this book not only presents 3,000 of the most common words and a mnemonic for each, but also organises them into a heirarchical system for maximum ease of encoding.

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Where to buy Learn Spanish Vocabulary With Mnemonics:

New Zealand readers can buy a paperback copy of Learn Spanish Vocabulary With Mnemonics from TradeMe HERE.

International readers can buy a paperback copy of Learn Spanish Vocabulary With Mnemonics from Amazon HERE.

New Zealand and International readers can buy a Kindle copy of Learn Spanish Vocabulary With Mnemonics from Amazon HERE.

Cannabis Activist’s Handbook

This is a book for people interested in cannabis law reform. It consists of three parts.

The first is an examination of the steps necessary for founding, building and maintaining a cannabis law reform party, such as core values, membership, fundraising and media.

The second is a discussion of the arguments for cannabis law reform and how to counter the arguments against it.

The third looks at how to take your party into battle to fight against cannabis prohibition.

Note: this is not a book about buying, selling, producing or consuming cannabis. It is only for those interested in changing the failed policy of cannabis prohibition.

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Where to buy the Cannabis Activist’s Handbook:

New Zealand readers can buy a paperback copy of the Cannabis Activist’s Handbook from TradeMe HERE.

International readers can buy a paperback copy of the Cannabis Activist’s Handbook from Amazon HERE.

New Zealand and International readers can buy a Kindle copy of the Cannabis Activist’s Handbook from Amazon HERE.

The Book of Faith

A book about honest ways to accrue faith in the modern religious marketplace. The Book of Faith is a necessary companion to the scriptures of your religion.

In this book you will learn how many things generally considered bad are really good once the power of faith transforms your perspective. Wife-bashing, psychological abuse of children, neglecting the poor and disadvantaged, even lying, theft and murder can all be wholesome, family ways to strengthen your religious conviction and to grow your faith.

The message of the scriptures can become corrupted over time. This book sets things straight, providing a faithful and reasonable perspective on issues such as chastity, temperance, justice – all of which may require a re-evaluation of what you thought you knew!

Help fight for love, peace, tolerance, and the total annihilation of the faithless by reading The Book of Faith, an essential companion to true believers everywhere.

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Where to buy The Book of Faith:

New Zealand readers can buy a paperback copy of The Book of Faith from TradeMe HERE.

International readers can buy a paperback copy of The Book of Faith from Amazon HERE.

New Zealand and International readers can buy a Kindle copy of The Book of Faith from Amazon HERE.

His Master’s Wretched Organ

From somewhere deeper than the unconscious, something stirs.

Whatever it is, its shifting is eternal, as ancient and restless as the churning galaxies. You have always felt its presence when you are still, which is precisely why you keep yourself distracted with trivialities. It cannot be named because words are now merely the primitive tools of an insignificant context.

Much like dreams, these stories do not pretend to answer our gravest questions – they only invite consciousness beneath that mantle above which the waking mind finds tenuous asylum. Do not outstretch your hand for guidance, because no-one else can explore here but you. In this indefinable space, even the assumption of your own being must be called into question.

His Master’s Wretched Organ is a collection of short stories that probe themes of disconnection, self-inquiry, spiritual ascendancy, awe and horror.

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Where to buy His Master’s Wretched Organ:

New Zealand readers can buy a paperback copy of His Master’s Wretched Organ from TradeMe HERE.

International readers can buy a paperback copy of His Master’s Wretched Organ from Amazon HERE.

New Zealand and International readers can buy a Kindle copy of His Master’s Wretched Organ from Amazon HERE.

The Verity Key

After most of humanity was wiped out in the Mindvirus Plague, the world’s foremost superpower in 2072 is New Australia. As this nascent Southern empire struggles with a series of murders called the Moneybook killings, the machine cultist Jonty Gillespie is trying to stay alive and out of trouble until his team can win the nation’s premiere virtual reality fighting championship.

Acting on the belief that machine cultists are behind the Moneybook killings, the XSA agent Richard Nordmark coerces Jonty into an adventure that encounters exotic drugs that open dimensions he’s never imagined, mind doctors who live to crack the minds of other men, a communitarian technocult balancing between triumph and oblivion, and technology that forces him to reevaluate his understanding of what it means to be human.

Jonty’s developing involvement with the remote mind control device called the Verity Key gives him more power than he could ever have dreamed of, and with it the responsibility to confront the violence in his past and in the hearts of other men.

Critics enjoyed Vince McLeod’s portrayal of protagonist Jonty Gillespie, who begins the story a hedonistic nihilist but who finds within himself a purpose to keep fighting even when all seems lost.

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Where to buy The Verity Key:

New Zealand readers can buy a paperback copy of The Verity Key from TradeMe HERE.

International readers can buy a paperback copy of The Verity Key from Amazon HERE.

New Zealand and International readers can buy a Kindle copy of The Verity Key from Amazon HERE.