So we've seen probably one of the quickest voluntary political leadership changes since I don't know when. In NZ? In the world? I don't know. But I'm not aware of another political (or any) leader give a week's notice.
Trust John Key. He's such an arrogant wanker. Only he could say, "I'm bored. I'm over it. I'm off to Hawai'i next week. Sort it."
It's ironic that a week after Trump gets voted as US president, NZ has another significant earthquake.
This is a quick post, just to make the point that anything you read, hear or watch, saying the world is ok — it's lies.
Finance Minister Bill English argued in Parliament yesterday there is no evidence of increasing inequality in NZ. This was in response to the latest figures from Statistics New Zealand, which show the top 10 percent of New Zealanders now own 60 percent of all wealth, up from 55 percent five years ago.
English said, responding to RNZ News about a family working three jobs and 80 hours a week, "It doesn't mean their life is easy but it does mean there's pretty moderate but consistent progress in lifting our lowest incomes.
I've used the scientific notion of entropy before — it's the measure of the number of ways in which a system may be arranged, often taken to be a measure of "disorder" (the higher the entropy, the higher the disorder) [*] — to justify the need to decay culture and structures in order to better understand and accommodate diversity.
In the TEDxTalk below, Sean Carroll, a theoretical physicist at Caltech, explains the inherent increase in entropy of the universe. In other words, the universe has and will continue to become more and more disordered over time (in fact, he points out, increasing entropy is how scientists explain the flow of time from past to present).
Technology being what it is today, I'm often amazed at how far we've come in some areas of design and functionality, yet some things have hardly moved at all or — even worse — gone backwards. Here are ten things we use everyday that, I think, could use a damn good rethink and upgrade to 21st century existence.
How long has petrol been around? Wikipedia says since the late 1800s though, in its more modern form, since the 1920s. Yet how long since the design of petrol pump nozzles was updated. They're heavy, clunky, they leak and they're unsightly. Surely by now they'd be a neat little fitting that clicks in, clicks out and starts with the touch of an electronic button. Even better they'd robotically connect, fill, disconnect and allow you to pay by mobile EFTPOS. Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating for increased use of fossil fuels; I just want it to be easier to use until I can choose electricity — or solar power for that matter.
They're fine until they get to about a third full and then all hell breaks loose. More than one comes out, they fall to the bottom of the box, you put your hand in to pull them out again, you rip the box and then it's all over. All you'd need is a false bottom with a little spring to hold the tissues up at the top of the box until they're finished. Easy.
Another example of the National Party's complete disregard for a civil society. Shame on you Tony Ryall. Such a dishonourable response.
Big ups to Kevin Hague for taking a stand.
GREEN PARTY MEDIA RELEASE
It's hard to understand that the allegations against Parklands, a residential facility in Pukekawa, south of Auckland, run by Linnaire and Neil Joslin for over a decade, have attracted such little public outrage.
The Joslins have probably received hundreds of millions of public money to allegedly abuse hundreds of disabled young people and adults.
Child Youth and Family have been referring youth-at-risk to the Ministry of Health Disability Support Services funded facility. The facility has been a dumping ground for disabled people too.
Over on Hard News Russell Brown talks eloquently, passionately and adultly about the passing last night of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill. It's a great read. He actually watched the third reading of the Bill, as did many others he points out, and commended politicians on their unusual respect and good-faith leadership.
As I tweeted last night, I wanted the Bill to pass, not for marriage's but for equality's sake. I used to quip, back in my days as a comedian, that marriage was the cause of divorce and that, if marriage were banned, divorce rates were certain to decline. I still stand behind my logic.
While I'm happy that, in 2013, we can finally, as Russell says, complete "an arc that began with the torrid, sometimes terrible days leading up to homosexual law reform in 1986," I'm also a little disappointed. As a queer dude, it feels weird that we have bought into one of if not the most conservative, patriacal and mainstream traditions of society.
I'm cheerily watching the newly resurrected Back Benches on iSky — Wallace, Damien, I missed you guys — and I'm staggered that the two women on the panel — Tracey Martin, NZ First and Louise Upston, National — are opposed to marriage equality. The two blokes — Trevor Mallard, Labour and Peter Dunne, United Future — are fine with it.
Martin holds fast to her party line that the issue should go to referendum. But Upston wades into a quagmire of discrimination, implying that marriage equality somehow breaches the rights of children because it will change adoption laws.
NZ First MP Richard Prosser's tirade against Muslims yesterday is yet another sad indictment on the quality of politics and the character of all politicians in this country. If I was an MP I'd feel deeply embarrassed about a colleague once again representing me in that way.
And it's a bit rich hearing John Key admonish him after his recent 'gay red shirt' episode.
I think it's about time our parliamentary representatives had a long hard look at themselves and grew up. I'm sick of the arrogant, bully-boy-and-girl antics that go on, both in- and outside the chamber.