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
Disclaimer: I’m angry. This is not eloquent.
Bill: Take away students rights and representation by other students, unless the Uni funds the SA as happens with Auckland Uni. Compromise of values by necessity. 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
Some of you cats will have no idea what on earth Tearaway Magazine is. Hell, I’m not sure that I even know what Tearaway is anymore…
For 6 years, from when I was 8 until I was 14ish, I collected Tearaway religiously. It was a free magazine that covered youth issues, admittedly aimed at teens but well suited to my intellectual needs. It was my connection with other people that thought how I did. It was the one form of semi-intelligent media that was relevant to my needs.
I believed in it so much that I applied to write for them when I was 13. I wanted to offer balanced political commentary on issues that were going to affect kids my age and give them ideas for forms of action they could take. Unfortunately they didn’t think that there was a place for that in the magazine at the time so I ended up writing short articles about all sorts of stuff, along with sporadic movie and CD reviews. Continue reading