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 the Southern Summer Solstice of 2017, 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

Understanding New Zealand

Dan McGlashan’s Understanding New Zealand is now being released as a 2nd Edition to take into account the results of the 2017 General Election.

This brilliant demographic analysis of the full breadth of the people of Aotearoa will be 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 9,000 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 first edition of Understanding New Zealand is available on Amazon Kindle already and a print version of the 2nd Edition will be available by the end of October.

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 2017/18, 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. Schizoid Personality Disorder
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
26. Antisocial Personality Disorder
27. Hallucinogen Persisting Perception 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.