It quotes Stone’s description of himself as someone who ‘specialises in archeology and anthropology’. I went searching and could find no credibility for his claims anywhere…and no wonder. The piece is badly written and poorly argued. It ignores facts, makes no attempt at analysing the reasons behind events, and quotes at length a Nostradamus-like prophet of doom, Baga Vanga (yes really!) who is appropriately blind.
It is almost as bad and incomprehensible as the maniac Cultural Marxist rants by Liz Waters in the Gulf News on Waiheke.
The Herald really is dredging the bottom of the barrel.
Here is an extract from Stone's rant.
Stone argues that there are chilling similarities between the terrifying dictators who led us into WWI and WWII and modern politicians such as Vladimir Putin, Robert Mugabe and US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
BLIND PROPHET BABA VANGA'S PREDICTIONS FOR 2016 AND BEYOND
"Russia sends 'peace keeping forces' and 'aid lorries' into Latvia, as it did in Georgia, and in Ukraine. (Putin) annexes Eastern Latvia as he did Eastern Ukraine (Crimea has the same population as Latvia, by the way).
"A divided Europe, with the leaders of France, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and others now pro-Russia, anti-EU, and funded by Putin, overrule calls for sanctions or a military response. Nato is slow to respond: Trump does not want America to be involved, and a large part of Europe is indifferent or blocking any action.
It is reminiscent of another recent, outrageous piece saying people over 65 shouldn’t be allowed to vote. This time the Herald actually pays the guy.
Matt Heath wrote this patronising and felt no shame about it. The Herald felt no shame in publishing it.
You can't blame the elderly for why they vote. We all vote selfishly. But it becomes unfair when the demographics shift so far that young voters are drowned out. At 65 a New Zealander has been voting for 47 years, surely that's enough time to get your point across.
Heath is an ‘actor and DJ’. According to Wikipedia his only claim to fame is:
‘In 2013 Heath was banned from France after a television incident whereby he explained the art of the 'thumbsquirt' to a dozen shocked children and their parents. He explained that the thumbsquirt involved the act of inserting one's thumb into one's own rectum and then "squeezing out a grunter". Following his expulsion from France Heath was forced to return to New Zealand in shame.’
Yep, that about sums up the Herald’s new generation of journalists.