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Mark Chisnell gives his observations on America's Cup news from Auckland
It's Ground Hog Day again - we're stuck in the weather pattern from hell. There's a low stalled in the Tasman and it's spinning squalls and fronts off and just smacking the whole island. So we've all had a little more time for on the shore projects, and I even managed to get away from the normal axis of apartment, shorebase, boat and gym - spending an afternoon at the Auckland War Memorial museum to check out an exhibition of photographs taken to accompany John Pilger's work over the last thirty or so years. There are some happy endings to his stories - East Timor finally celebrated their release from about four hundred years of colonial rule a couple of weeks ago - but it was pretty relentlessly depressing in its depiction of human nature seen through a lens held up to Vietnam, Cambodia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, South Africa, Indonesia. Whether you love him or hate him (and Pilger has a black and white view of the world that tends to polarise opinion), it's difficult not to walk away from the exhibition with mixed feelings of guilt and anger about the actions of Western Governments and corporations. Which is where organisations like Greenpeace come in - a channel for the anger and a balm for the guilt. And I'm sure I'm not the only sailing enthusiast that was horrified to see the news of the recent incident at the launch of the French America's Cup boat. I've read a bunch of different reports of the event, most of which indicate that the Greenpeace activists involved got a rush of blood to the head and over-extended their mandate. I've been a member of Greenpeace for a long time and while questions can and have always been asked about their methods - and

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