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Who Will Kill Our Next Young ANZACs?
April 25, 2006 – 7:26 am EST | 4 Comments
Who Will Kill Our Next Young ANZACs?

ANZAC Day, is a good time to think about who may kill our next generation of under equipped, under supported and under appreciated young soldiers. From Sir Humphrey’s A recently completed study by the Rand Corporation…shows that China is watching the United States closely and is devoting significant resources toward the development of highly technical, […]

Big Balls Need Huge Ball Room
April 25, 2006 – 4:13 am EST | No Comment
Big Balls Need Huge Ball Room

From Rodney’s Blog Years ago I asked Richard Prebble what was the most important attribute for a successful politician. He didn’t hesitate: courage. I now know Preb was right. The rarest attribute amongst MPs—and the most important—is courage. Courage to stand up for your constituents, for your policies, for what you believe in, for your […]

ANZAC Day Peace Rally.
April 25, 2006 – 12:46 am EST | No Comment
ANZAC Day Peace Rally.

I watched a huge peace rally in Christchurch’s Cathedral Square this morning. ANZAC Day Dawn Parade. Several thousand people standing in the pouring rain, honouring those who fought for the peace and freedom we now enjoy.

Media Bias on Nepali Revolution
April 24, 2006 – 5:00 am EST | One Comment
Media Bias on Nepali Revolution

Speaking of media bias. Why are the demonstrators in Nepal referred to on radio and TV as being “pro democracy“? The rebellion is Maoist led and every demonstration is a sea of hammer and sickle flags. How “democratic” is Maoist revolution? The people who lived through the Chinese Revolution of 1947 or the Cambodian Revolution […]

Bias at the Herald? No-o-o-o-o-o!
April 24, 2006 – 3:53 am EST | No Comment
Bias at the Herald? No-o-o-o-o-o!

From Sir Humphrey’s Here’s an interesting game. Search news sites for the frequency of the terms “far-left” and “far-right“. The NZ Herald – far-left: 87, far-right: 432 (334 of them from its garbage Independent and Reuters-oriented international news section). That’s a ratio of nearly 1:5, even including results from the sports section as part of […]

Letter to Nandor Tanczos
April 23, 2006 – 11:57 pm EST | One Comment
Letter to Nandor Tanczos

I have just emailed this letter to Green MP, Nandor Tanczos nandor.tanczos@parliament.govt.nz Dear Mr Tanczos As a leading contender for the Green Party male co-leadership race, you have recently called for the Green Party to ditch its left wing image. According to a recent Herald article by Vernon Small, your “main pitch has been to […]

I Simply Had No Idea….
April 23, 2006 – 2:21 am EST | 4 Comments
I Simply Had No Idea….

So Heather’s joined the Terries and Rodney will be burning up the stage on “Dancing With the Stars”. NZ’s worst kept secret is out. I think this is great. NZers will see a side of Rodney that many of them didn’t know existed. Can’t wait to see who Rodney’s supposedly gorgeous partner is.

S.A.P. Number 7, Peter Wills
April 23, 2006 – 2:20 am EST | One Comment
S.A.P. Number 7, Peter Wills

When Peter Wills, Deputy Director of Auckland University’s Centre for Peace Studies, penned an article criticising war hero, VC winner Clive Hulme in today’s Sunday Star/Times I saw red. The article entitled “The Bravest War Hero Can Still Be a Coward in Disguise” took Hulme to task for breaking the rules of war, in donning […]

We Should Trust the Leninists-To Be Leninists
April 22, 2006 – 3:27 am EST | 4 Comments
We Should Trust the Leninists-To Be Leninists

Socialists see the international communist movement far differently than most mainstream Westerners do. This is not because they are deluded. It is because they have inside knowledge and a far greater understanding of Marxist-Leninist strategy than we do. Worldwide, Marxist-Leninist parties are growing again and most believe that China and Russia will eventually return to […]

Russia Backs Iran. Who is Surprised?
April 22, 2006 – 2:35 am EST | 8 Comments
Russia Backs Iran. Who is Surprised?

From Jihad Watch Russia today offered its most outspoken support yet of the controversial nuclear programme in Iran, its neighbour and trading partner. “Our advice to our Iranian colleagues and friends is to complete work with the International Atomic Energy Authority and to calmly continue its nuclear energy programme… and on this path we are […]

Heather Roy, I Salute You
April 20, 2006 – 11:39 pm EST | 4 Comments
Heather Roy, I Salute You

ACT’s Heather Roy is easily one of the most hardworking and committed MPs in parliament. As ACT’s national security spokesman she has decided to front up to see what life is like for soldiers in the field. Heather Roy has joined the Territorial Army. This weekend, she leaves her family and the comfort of Karori […]

ACT Up!
April 20, 2006 – 3:25 am EST | 6 Comments
ACT Up!

according to the latest Roy Morgan poll ACT is up from 1% to 2.5%. Maori Party is up by 0.5% to 2% NZ First is down 1% to 3.5% National are down by 3% to 40% Labour are up 1.5% to 41.5% Greens are up 0.5% to 7%. According to Andrew Falloon Strangely enough though, […]

Kotare Kay Makes Moko Pay
April 19, 2006 – 5:00 am EST | No Comment
Kotare Kay Makes Moko Pay

A few years ago, an activist associated with the Kotare School made a complaint to the Human Rights Commission. In my opinion, this complaint resulted in a significant loss of choice and ability to exercise property rights, for licensed premises owners and employers, all over the country. Below is an article on the incident and […]

What Does Kotare School Actually Do?
April 18, 2006 – 11:45 pm EST | 5 Comments
What Does Kotare School Actually Do?

Sue Bradford’s Kotare School works with a wide variety of groups all over NZ and abroad. Below are excerpts from their Spring 2005 newsletter to give an idea what they’re up to. Much of it sounds quite innocuous, harmless even. However think of the damage that UNITE and Sue Bradford’s youth wage campaign will do […]

How Whorehouses are Healthier than Hospitals
April 18, 2006 – 1:38 am EST | 5 Comments
How Whorehouses are Healthier than Hospitals

Richard Prebble’s latest “The Letter” also says As an interesting aside, everyone now agrees that the prostitution law reform has been a failure. There is more prostitution, more street walking and younger girls are involved. Here is your answer to our health problems. There are no waiting lists in brothels. If anything, there is an […]

Prebble on Why Health is Sick
April 18, 2006 – 1:26 am EST | No Comment
Prebble on Why Health is Sick

From the latest “The Letter” by Richard Prebble. There are now 12,000 health bureaucrats, one for every hospital bed. Despite an increase in hospital spending of around 40%, elective surgery has increased by just 8%. The private system has always been more efficient but the gap is increasing. The cost of a night in intensive […]

Delahunty Spills Her Guts on Kotare School, Part 2 (Final)
April 17, 2006 – 6:29 am EST | No Comment
Delahunty Spills Her Guts on Kotare School, Part 2 (Final)

Excerpts from Part Two of a talk given by Kotare School “educator”, Catherine Delahunty in Sydney in 2004. “We Make the Road By Talking?” Part one is here. Working at our Centre and around the country we share our structural analysis tools and interactive learning techniques with community workers who are the front line of […]

Cuba-Venezuelan Parliamentary Fusion
April 17, 2006 – 12:07 am EST | 2 Comments
Cuba-Venezuelan Parliamentary Fusion

From the Communist party of Australia’s Guardian 12.4.06 On March 31, on the other side of the world, the Speaker of the Venezuelan Parliament, Nicolas Maduro, arrived in Havana heading a delegation that will participate in the second Cuba-Venezuela Legislative meeting, aimed at further boosting official relations. The gathering will lay the ground-work to strengthen […]

Trans Tasman Socialist Solidarity Solidified
April 16, 2006 – 11:28 pm EST | 2 Comments
Trans Tasman Socialist Solidarity Solidified

From the CPA’s Guardian of 12.4.06 Peter Symon, Warren Brewer, Brendan Tuohy and CPA President, Hannah Middleton. The Communist Party of Australia recently had the pleasure of hosting a delegation from the Socialist Party of Aotearoa . Party Secretary Warren Brewer and Chair Brendan Touhy’s March visit heralds a strengthening of trans-Tasman co-operation between communist […]

Near Limitless Transport Fuel from Coal?
April 16, 2006 – 11:09 pm EST | 2 Comments
Near Limitless Transport Fuel from Coal?

Maksimovich at Outsidethecube runs an excellent scientific/political blog. Check out his latest post on coal to diesel conversion technology here. Professor Alan Goldman and his Rutgers team in collaboration with researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a way to convert carbon sources, such as coal to diesel fuel. This […]

Newman Explains Labour’s Health Rationing System
April 16, 2006 – 4:05 am EST | 3 Comments
Newman Explains Labour’s Health Rationing System

In her latest Newman Weekly, Muriel Newman explains how Labour’s health waiting lists work-or more accurately, don’t. To see the full article go to Muriel’s NZ Centre for Political Debate. Emily, like 180,000 or so other New Zealanders, is on a hospital waiting list. The problem is this “queue” of people waiting for surgery is […]

Fisking Marxist Matt McCarten
April 16, 2006 – 2:44 am EST | 4 Comments
Fisking Marxist Matt McCarten

I couldn’t let this piece in todays Herald on Sunday, by Marxist Matt McCarten, go by without a good fisking. Below are some excerpts, with my comments in bold. Wasn’t the victory for workers in France magnificent this week? Millions of workers and students took to the streets over the past month to staunchly oppose […]

W.A.Y.N.C.R.? Number 6, Bob Rigg
April 15, 2006 – 12:13 am EST | No Comment
W.A.Y.N.C.R.? Number 6, Bob Rigg

Some older readers might remember my sixth Where Are You Now, Campus Radical? profile subject, Bob Rigg, from Victoria Uni in the mid ’60s (he got an MA in 1967). He was much better known at Waikato in the ’70s. He edited the student paper, “Nexus”, in 1974 and stirred up no end of controversy […]

More Communists Than Ever?
April 14, 2006 – 12:11 am EST | One Comment
More Communists Than Ever?

This is a point of view you’ll never see in the main stream media. Sobering and almost certainly true. Peter Symon, general secretary of the Communist Party of Australia, writing in the Guardian, 14.12.05 In October 2005, no less than 73 communist and workers’ parties participated in a conference in Athens. Another nine parties sent […]

The World’s Most Expensive Escargot?
April 13, 2006 – 11:55 pm EST | One Comment
The World’s Most Expensive Escargot?

ACT MP Heather Roy, puts things in perspective. Yesterday, Conservation Minister Chris Carter approved the relocation of 250 Powelliphanta Augustus snails to a new home, so that Solid Energy can develop a coal mine on the West Coast. Moving the endangered snails – by hand – will cost Solid Energy $120,000 per snail. There’s no […]

Delahunty Spills Her Guts on Kotare School, Part 1
April 13, 2006 – 2:32 am EST | 6 Comments
Delahunty Spills Her Guts on Kotare School, Part 1

I like nothing better than quoting socialists own words back at them. Below are excerpts from a speech made in Sydney by Catherine Delahunty taken from Kotare’s website. My comments are in bold. The venue is not stated, nor is it dated, but my guess is some time in late 2004 or 2005, because of […]

Catherine Delahunty- Red/Green Schoolmarm
April 12, 2006 – 2:25 am EST | 3 Comments
Catherine Delahunty- Red/Green Schoolmarm

The Kotare School’s Education co-ordinator/tutor is Catherine Delahunty. In the role since 1999, Delahunty’s role involves teaching, running workshops and helping to arrange the many speakers, tutors and courses run regularly at Kotare. According to Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa’s, “Foreign Control Watchdog” of December 2004 Catherine Delahunty is a CAFCA member and an […]

Who Runs the Kotare Trust?
April 11, 2006 – 3:33 am EST | 4 Comments
Who Runs the Kotare Trust?

The trustees of the Kotare School are an interesting mix of “former” communists, socialist academics, “community workers” and the radical religious. Here is a list of the trustees from 1995 and 2005, together with short profiles. December 1995 Tim Howard (Chairman) In the ’90s Howard was a leader of the East Timor Independence Committee and […]

Small Minority Forces Big Backdown
April 11, 2006 – 3:19 am EST | 5 Comments
Small Minority Forces Big Backdown

The French government has backed away from planned labour law reform that would have made hiring and firing young workers more flexible. Despite the legislation being passed, the French government, in a huge backdown, has promised to can the reforms after weeks of protests and demonstrations. According the Radio NZ this morning, the unions and […]

Peru-Next Socialist Victory in Latin America?
April 10, 2006 – 10:09 pm EST | No Comment
Peru-Next Socialist Victory in Latin America?

From Green Left Weekly Peru will go to the polls on April 9 in a hotly contested presidential race. Leading pre-election polls is Ollanta Humala, from the Union for Peru Party, a former army officer who led a rebellion against former president Alberto Fujimori in 2000. Humala describes himself as revolutionary and has spoken out […]