Long-term political junkie, communications consultant, writer: current events, media, US politics, Obama administration, Australia, New Zealand, rugby, movies, secular humanism, sexuality, humour, the occasional sandwich. Working on two books: the first, The Added Benefit of Being True, explores the central role of bullshit in human society; the second, Calm Down!, is a polemical rant aimed at shaking NZ out of its permanent state of moral panic. I write quite regularly for Business Spectator, and my columns can be found here. TheNewTasman.com will eventually become a trans-Tasman online powerhouse, combining the awesomeness of Huffpo (without the fluff), Sully (without the cannabis obsession) and Media Matters (without the pop-ups). Eventually, I said.