Monday, September 18, 2006

A Fond Farewell

Well, I think you all have gathered from my almost year long lack of posting, that I have put this blog at the bottom of my piroity list.

Well, I just came on, to announce that I will be leaving the blogosphere for good. No blogging, no comments, no nothing.

I think that the left is getting swamped by the right now, and I don't like it. Not to mention of course, the fact that the hatred and intolerance from the right is on an all time high. We have become a nation that would gladly elect Hitler, so he could keep the bludgers, maori's and gays in there place. This country is heading down a direction that I am uneasy about, and the behavior of politicians from both sides of the house are getting rather despicable. The togetherness and optimisim this country had at the start of the decade is long dead, and has turned into a melting pot of hatred, intolerance, unpleasentness and negativity, which is brought forward in talkback, on newspapers, the internet and in the pubs and clubs of this great nation. New Zealand used to have a deserved reputation as a laid back nation with a belief that everyone should be given a fair go, no matter what beliefs and background they were. Now we have New Zealanders saying that we should strip workers of protection, throw the poor on the street, send asylum seekers back to certain death in their own nation, hell, they even support taking the beaches from the average New Zealander, and giving them to fat rich white men as a place to park their boats (for the record the rich men at the Whangamata Yacht Club can go to hell. The rights of all New Zealanders to enjoy the beach are more important than their fancy yachts, In encourage all New Zealanders to take all means to stop them, even if it means violence.)

Anyway, this country is rapidly become a rather nasty place to live. The Right is pulling out all stops to take this country over. The landed gentry, foriegn owned big business, the theocracy (Hey, EB's, this earth was made by SCIENCE, and not an IMAGINARY MAN IN THE CLOUDS. Also, The EARTH revolves round the SUN, get it, you intolerent WANKERS.).

Anyway, here are some predictions for the New Zealand political scene in the future:

1) Don Brash will resign as National Party leader in the middle of next year. The offical story will be that he is under huge stress and wishes to take a break to be with his family. He will stay on as Finance Spokesman. John Key will become National Party leader.

2) The 2008 election will be as close as that of the 2005 election, and no less dirty. The Greens and the Maori Party will get more seats, with the latter winning all the Maori Seats. Labour will cut taxes in 2008, but there is going to be a fair amount of crap over it. United Future will try to take credit for it, but the amount of seats in Parliament that UF hold will be down to 1. ACT will be wiped out as National moves further to the right.

3) John Tamihere will return to politics, standing for the Maori Party, Winston Peters will regain Tauranga, but NZ First share of the vote will be slashed, to only 3 seats, including himself. He will not stand for the 2011 election thus retiring, after which he will be appointed as the chairman of an SOE or as a diplomat. His party will finish with him

Well, its been an enjoyable time on the blogosphere, and continue to opine about things. I will still be around, working on my new project, my podcast, The Atomic Cafe (http://atomiccafe.humdinga.net.nz).

Remember:

Unions, non-violence, Fair working conditions, strikes, MMP, public health and Education, National Radio, public service TV, welfare, National Parks, strong councils, all rule.

The free market sucks.

See you all round.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Looks like our side won after all..

..hehehehehehe..

We still have publicly owned health and education systems, we still have welfare, we still have publicly owned railways and interest free student loans.

Jolly Good Show.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

All Hail our new National Corporate Overlords - Part 2

It looks like National is going to win the election. After a tough campaign which has seen almost everything, the latest poll shows National in front with 2 days to go.

National is going to win it, bar a miracle. National will govern with United Future, supported by New Zealand First. Peter Dunne will be Minister of Internal Affairs and Minister of Revenue.

The only thing for the left to do now, is fall back, regroup, and have another crack in 2008, (and yes, my 'blood on the streets' comment still holds - if we can get enough riots, strikes, protests, and civil disobendence going, we can hold up his administration enough to win in 2008 without too much damage being done).

I think the left should take a National win with dignity and humility, and NOT LET THE RIGHT RUB IT IN. As I said before, we fall back, regroup and have another crack.

As for me, I will be shutting down this blog after the election. Im not going to let you right wingers spam this blog with "We Won You Lost" messages.

I wish my fellow bloggers the best of luck with blog-related affairs after the election - I will be floating round in the comments - and if you are involved with the campaign, have a good one..

Monday, August 22, 2005

Don Brash's Tax Cuts

As per below:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0508/S00550.htm

Of course, I would rather have strong schools and hospitals myself, as well as cops, fire brigades, roads, biosecurity, housing, etc....

Nah, Im not taking them - we all know that cutting taxes will starve schools and hospitals of much needed funds, and lead to people dying on emergency room floors.

Get fucked Brash.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Long live Chairperson Helen.

The way the Right has been carrying on about the Labour Government, you could be forgiven that we have been going through a repeat of Mao's Cultural Revolution/Great Leap Forward in the past 6 years.

These rightwingers should live in a *real* communist country to see what life is like. Natually, if they started up a blog attacking the administration, I cannot imagine they would be alive for very long. I would imagine them lying in a pool of blood and vomit in some god forsaken prison cell after being given a good going over by the secret police, before being shipped off to a prison farm, to spend the rest of their life tilling the soil - and in true Maoist fashion, being known by a number instead of thier name.

I wish the right could get a grip.

And if any right-winger quotes George Orwell again, I am going to vomit. Yes, in 1984 and Animal Farm, he sends out warning about communist dictatorships, but until the day he died, he remained a democratic socialist.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Where are Nationals Moderates??

It seems to National has been taken over buy neo-convervative, Ayn Rand-reading, Freidmanite fundamentalists.

Where are the National supporters who belive that taxpayer funds should be used to help the less fortunate, to ensure that the weak, the old and the young arent penalised?

Where are the National supporters who belive in capitalism and markets but also belive that they must have checks and balances to ensure that that society is benefited and not expolited?

Where are the National supporters who belive in low taxes and not-too large government, but not at the expense of a quality taxpayer funded health and education system, as well as decent infrastructure to hold the country together?

Where are the National supporters who belive in voluntary trade unions and flexibile labour laws but who also belive in the right of workers to organise, and protections to stop expolitative practises and ensure that workers are treated with respect and dignity?

Where are the National supporters who belive in family values and togetherness, yet belive in tolerance, understanding and respect of the sexuality and lifestyles of others?

Where are the National supporters who belive in closer relations to our allies, but who belive that we should not have to kowtow to their every wish and whim?

Where are the National supporers who belive in property rights, but also belive that does not absolve anyone of the responsibilities to ensure that property is taken care of for future generations?

Where are the National supporters who look upon Holyoake, and not Richardson as their inspiration?

Where are the National supporters who have no time for free market economics, supply side BS, and privatising everything in sight?

Or am I talking out of my ass??

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Don Brash..

The master stroke that Chris Trotter wanted is finally here..the best present for students after a long wait - the wiping of student loan interest from 2006. It will take a sizable axe to the student debt problem that makes Don Brash's pussy rebate look whimpish in comparison.

Interest free loans for tertiary education - a good thing in my opinion, a great thing - this is pretty much the next best thing to the cutting of fees. It will slash student debt, and ensure that there is a finite amount to pay off.

For example, a student burrows $2500 to do a one-year business course. Gets a job, and bada bing, loan is paid faster.

Of course the right are doing their sky will fall in routine, saying that it will encourage students to burrow to the max (like they dont already do), and the bleating about sending the wrong incentive *yawn*.

This is why Labour resisted calls to cut taxes for the rich, its because we have more important things to do, and if you dont like it, you can get fucked. Really.

Happy days are here again...

Intrest-free student loans
Publicly owned railways
Publicly owned airline,
fair labour laws,
right wingers getting tortured in prison and discredited elsew.....oops, thats wishful thinking.

Your turn, Dr Brash.

Monday, July 25, 2005

A Condemnation Of Child Abuse

In the light of various right wing bloggers who obviously think that it is competly OK for a woman to beat her son with a riding crop, among other instruments, and indeed parents to beat their kids in general, and most of all, it is also OK for her to allow a convicted sex offender to live with her daughter.

There is something in the mentality of these people that is sickening. As sickening as hearing parents boast about giving their children "hidings" or "the bash".

Let me make this clear, violence against children, sexual, physical or mental is completely wrong and unjustifiable. It is wrong to hit children, whether it be with a fist, jug cord, 4 by 2 or iron bar. "Disipline" is not justifiable - there are other ways to control children without hitting them. Children must be protected from this ghastly act, and from their own parents if nessesary.

I do not see physical violence as "loving" I do not see how swearing and screaming at children as "loving", there are better ways to show our children love and affection without beating the pulp out of them.

This country has one of the highest rates of child abuse in the world, it also has one of the highest rates of violent crime and in generally, has a casual attitude towards violence.

Child abuse is a disease that must be stamped out. I call on all bloggers, left and right, to condemn violence against kids, and in generally, try to be more nicer to them. I do this in the interest of children. They have a right to live without fear of having the crap beaten out of them. by their parents. The woman who beat her son with a riding crop must realise that she needs to stop being violent towards her child and be nice to him.

Perhaps if people physically stop parents from beating their kids in public, it will make a difference.

Violence is wrong, especially when it is againt people who cannot fight back.

And here we go...!!!!!!!!!

September 17th - the election date......its going to be a dirty fight, judging from what has been said, especially from the other side. And so, here we go......no quarter given or asked for, a fight to death and every party for itself. The prize? The future direction of this country.

This is the big one, 007! *deep breath*.

Both sides realise the stakes at hand - it is the first geniune contest in 25 years!

I think its going to be roughly 50-50 all the way to D-Day (or E-day).

Just a clarification.

I may have said a few things about active political action, but that stops short of condoning or inciting the assault on Mark Blumsky over the weekend.

The assault on Blumsky was a cowardly attack on a man who was going about his business, and while I belive that the assault was more the result of a bunch of drunks deciding to look for someone to "bash" than anything else, I think that people of all political persuasions can agree that such attacks, whether on political figures or ordinary people are intolerable.

In bipartisan sprit, I give Blumsky my best wishes and I hope that he makes a full and swift recovery, and that I hope the next thrashing he gets will be in the metaphorical confines of the ballot box.

You know...

There should be a list of employers and business owners who oppose unions and fairer labour laws. Those people should be exposed and discredited for promoting worker expolitation and slavery. I would even start one now.

The owner of the Yello Cafe in Centre City, New Plymouth has opposed fairer labour laws for workers.

The owner of the Swandri factory, in Waitara, tried to get out of paying out its redundant workers by taking them to court for minor charges.

These people will be exposed. Treating workers like shit is wrong, and anyone who thinks it is OK needs to be taken out the back and shot.

Brash is anti-worker