I’m terribly sorry for missing yesterday’s post but, in case you hadn’t figured by my cuss laden summary of the VSM debate, I was in too mighty a rage to post anything reasonable. So I made an executive decision to leave it until tonight. Hope you cats can forgive me! Please don’t forget to go say hihi to Briony, her day eleven and day twelve are up, yay!
And, without further ado, welcome to your feature presentation.
“A letter to someone who hurt you recently” Continue reading
de·moc·ra·cy noun \di-ˈmä-krə-sē\
a : Government by the people; especially : rule of the majority
b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections
It’s a mighty nice theory, isn’t it?
A Government ruled by the very people it seeks to serve. So, surely, if some 98% of submissions towards a piece of legislation are against it, than the Government should be bound to throw said piece of legislation out. Or at least not to pursue it further, let alone force it through to the final stage despite ongoing opposition.
New Zealand. Gorgeous yes. Democratic? I'm not so sure right now.
Well this, my friends, is precisely what has happened with the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill. Continue reading
If you’re a kiwi you should be outraged.
Even if you’re not a Kiwi you should still be outraged.
Right this very second Parliament is meeting under urgency to determine our rights to internet access.
Right THIS VERY SECOND Parliament is effectively making every New Zealander who has downloaded ANYTHING a criminal.
How does that make you feel?
Do you like your new title? Criminal.
How dare you inadvertently break the law, what with your sharing photos of your graduation with your gran. How dare you share songs that you like with your friends, even if they’re creative commons. How dare you think that internet is damn near a human right in this supposedly first world country.
Now obviously, as a geeky kid who damn near lives on the internet, I’m going to be full of emotional rage about the very idea of my lifeline being cut off.
But I’m not the only one. Not by a long shot. Continue reading
Is this a philosophical question itself?
In these harsh economic climes, education is always one of the first to take a hit.
In New Zealand it came in the form of cutting funding to all night school providers, tying employment rates to funding for tertiary institutions and tightening up student loan and allowance criteria. What it has meant, however, is that Universities and Polytechnics alike are looking for ways to cut overheads in preparation for worst case scenarios.
This issue, however, is not confined to New Zealand.
You may remember marches, bordering on riots, in the UK late last year after their Government announced expansive reforms to funding for tertiary studies. This included removing all direct funding to the universities and instead the students paying the full cost of their education, representing a jump from circa £3,000 to up to £9,000! At the same time they cut student grant availability and slapped interest back on student loans.
Does this sound awfully familiar to anyone else? Continue reading
Lots of things are amazing.
The first crunchy leaf of Autumn.
Perfectly cooked chocolate mudcake.
John Key‘s lack of touch with the Kiwi reality.
Magnets, I mean how do they even work?
That abortion falls under the Crimes Act in New Zealand.
Yep, you read it right. In New Zealand abortion is still included in the Crimes Act, making it technically illegal UNLESS you fall under the exceptions currently provided for. Fortunately that covers just about everyone, usually the one about mental damage should the pregnancy be carried to term.
What I find astounding is the fact that it still falls under the Crimes Act. Abortion isn’t a criminal issue, it’s a health issue. Continue reading
But wait, there’s more!
I don’t usually get responses to my ranting and raving on here, so imagine my surprise when I log in and find TWO comments in response to my post from the other day (http://bit.ly/honsYx). One in the form of a comment on my page. The other was a thinly veiled rant from another blogger by the name of Brendan Malone, a predominant pro-lifer.
I felt so validated!
Unfortunately Mr Malone had misunderstood significant aspects of my blog post, so I set about setting him right.
For some reason he took such offense that he deleted not only my comment but the entire post!!
Fortunately for you I had already saved the text, enjoy!
(Edit: A huge thanks to Fox for figuring out a sweet way to pull the entire image of the page. Isn’t he amazing?)
I apologise for another politically flavoured rant, especially considering that my last post was more of the same.
But there are some things that just can’t wait until morning and this is one of them.
National has, unwittingly it seems, had their Energy Strategy leaked into the public eye.
This sort of thing happens all the time, so what’s so different about this? Why is there some two-hundred comments on the article when there isn’t a flame war going on?
Why the hell has it gotten me so wound up that I’m trying to write a coherent rant at 2am?!
To put it bluntly: because this document proposes to fuck up everything that New Zealand is meant to stand for.
Download the original document here, read the article and ensuing discussion over here and come on back after the jump.