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How They Laughed……

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……… a couple of weeks ago!

Premier Gladys Berejiklian: McKinnon Political Leader of the Year 2019 |  McKinnon Prize

Australia’s media and other lefties that is, on the resignation of Liberal Party NSW premier, Gladys Berejeklian (widely regarded as the sanest of all the state premiers) because she was to be the subject of an enquiry by the so-called Independent Commission Against Corruption (Never mind the fact there was no allegation of corruption – no, just an enquiry into her ‘ethics!’).

Fast forward two weeks to Victoria where its Commission is tearing apart the state and federal Labor Parties, limb by limb. With hard evidence of illegal branch stacking, one state minister has resigned, while the federal deputy leader and the incompetent state premier have been seen to be right in the middle of the shenanigans. You can’t help laugh when federal deputy leader Marles fronts a thousand dollar per head fund raiser only to find the proceeds were used to pay for the subscriptions of hundreds of new Labor branch members in key electorates.

Federal leader Albanese has been spotted buying large buckets of Gaviscon.

The silly buggers might as well have given the money to the Mongrel Mob.

Written by adolffinkensen

October 14, 2021 at 3:45 pm

New Zealand is more frightened than Britain

I came across a fascinating, sad article today about the “post-Covid” world of Britain’s population, The Most Frightened Nation.

It lists a number of the things done in that country over the last two years in The War Against Covid-19.

First up are some examples of the propaganda used by the Tory government:

The most heavy-handed of the government’s several advertising campaigns—which together have constituted the real “blitz”—was “Look them in the eyes . . . and tell them you’re doing all you can to stop the spread of Covid-19.” Posters showed rheumy patients staring into the camera looking soulfully woeful while muzzled by oxygen masks. These images alternated with exhausted nurses in full PPE regalia.

No wonder other health care experts began getting worried about patients not turning up to hospitals, even when they had urgent problems.

The numbingly repeated “Stay Home/ Protect the NHS/ Save Lives” tagline chevroned each podium during the government’s televised Covid briefings…It took a surprisingly long while for media wags to observe that the purpose of the NHS is to protect the people, not the other way around. The government might as well have warned the populace to avoid expressing bellicose sentiments about foreigners so as to “protect the Army.”

Further into the pandemic, that monotonous coronavirus motto morphed to the catchily asonant “Hands/Face/Space”—a slogan that would be right at home in a nursery school and parallels the efficacy of “duck and cover.” By this point, viral transmission from surfaces allegedly accounted for only about one in 10,000 cases; real-world evidence that masks make any substantial contribution to the curtailment of infection remained conspicuously scant; and the virus was known to be communicated by fine aerosols that can circulate aloft for hours, making the government’s two-meter social distancing requirement arbitrary and unscientific.

Then there were the police actions, some of which I caught a year ago (The Police could be worse):

Derbyshire police drones photographed a couple hiking in the wilderness with their golden Labrador with no one else in sight, and then published the shot on Twitter with the strapline “WALKING YOUR DOG IN THE PEAK DISTRICT / NOT ESSENTIAL.”

In January, two women who had driven five miles to go for a socially distanced walk were surrounded by so many police that one of them “thought someone had been murdered.” The women were fined £200 each because driving out of your local area for exercise was “not in the spirit of the lockdown” and the hot drinks they were carrying were not allowed because they were classed as “a picnic.”

What if you’ve neglected to fill out a form at the airport or filled it out incorrectly? That’ll be another £10,000, thank you. A ten-grand fine is more than enough to destroy the average Briton. Fortunately, the courts, the last bastion of sanity and due process, have voided convictions for violating Covid restrictions wholesale.

Well yes, but the main driver of such things is that the process is the punishment. You may emerge with no charges, let alone convictions but The Powers That Be know they’ve hurt you, which will make you more compliant. It’s a form of psychological torture increasingly approved of by our Police and governments because it works and leaves no visible marks.

Of course none of this would work without the assistance of Inoffizieller Mitarbeiter.

Only three days into the first lockdown, the Northamptonshire force alone had received “dozens and dozens” of public reports about, for instance, neighbors who had been out for a second run in one day (more “guidance,” not law). By early April 2020, a full 11 percent of Derbyshire’s 2,300 daily calls were to rat out lockdown flouters. Last autumn, Johnson encouraged local councils to hire citizen “Covid marshals” to bully and harass the noncompliant.

The article also goes into the insanity of the rules that can lead to fines. My favourite being the debates over whether a Scotch egg counted as a “substantial meal”.

But here’s the kicker to all this, and it actually comes at the start of the article, where it quotes an Ipsos MORI poll conducted in July, which I’ll bullet point here:

  • 27% of Britons want to impose a government-mandated nationwide curfew of 10 PM—not then in force—“until the pandemic was under control worldwide” When will that be?
  • 19% would impose such a curfew “permanently, regardless of the risk from Covid-19.”
  • 64% want Britain’s mask mandate in shops and on public transport to remain a legal requirement for the duration of the global pandemic
  • 51% want to be masked by law, forever. 
  • 35% want to confine any Briton who returns from a foreign country, vaccinated or not, to a ten-day home quarantine—permanently, Covid or no Covid.
  • 46% would require a vaccine passport in order to travel abroad—permanently, Covid or no Covid.
  • 36% want to be required to check in at pubs and restaurants with a National Health Service contact-tracing app forever.
  • 34% want social distancing in “theatres, pubs and sports grounds,” regardless of any risk of Covid, forever.
  • 26% of Britons would summarily close all casinos and nightclubs forever.

But read the whole article.

I wonder what such a poll would show about New Zealand. Judging from the comments I’ve seen here, on neighbourhood groups, and left wing blogs

I know that part of their concern is working alongside unvaccinated co-workers…I know many people who are very uncomfortable about the idea of travelling on airlines with unvaccinated people. 

… I think we’re at least in the same ballpark as Britain.

Part of me likes to think that, as with wartime regulations, censorship and the like, this too shall will pass. But the other part notes that, around the world, “victory” constantly slips away with this virus, leaving the masks and the lockdowns and the behaviour behind, vaccinated or not.

I also note the old adage that while you can replace governments you can’t replace a people.

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On the note of how the Police could be worse, here’s Australia, again. Muldoon and the Police of his time would have loved to have had this tech during the 1981 Springbok Tour protests.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 12, 2021 at 4:42 pm

A FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IN HIGH PLACES?

Or a system that destroys the innocent and little else to show as a result.

New South Wales the leading state for economic success in the Australian Federation has ICAC.

Four decades ago in response to some dodgy dealings under then former premier Neville Wran, Nick Greiner established “The independent watchdog ICAC, independent commission against corruption, and guess what, its first scalp was Greiner himself although later the allegations failed when placed under the natural laws of justice.

Successful in ending the corrupt Eddie Obeid involvement along with his family in NSW politics its extra judicial efforts have ended a succession of politicians careers often having those crucified largely by just being named as under investigation in forcing resignations later being found to have been exonerated in later actual judicial process. Just resigned Premier Gladys Berejiklian is a latest victim, her offending was to have been in a never revealed relationship with a dodge Ex state MP, Ex Liberal member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Mcguire, She is now said to be in a relationship with the Brief who held her hand in appearances before ICAC last year , SC Arthur Moses.

The list of scalps later found in courts to be “not guilty” although having little chance of resuming a political career is getting to a point where even political enemies of those so done in are asking questions. Greiner was later exonerated totally as was former Premier Barry O’Farrell. Another judged to have been wrongly destroyed was former State Government Whip Andrew Cornwell. The awesome powers sans normal rules around witness statements and due process is rapidly seeing the well intentioned commission being questioned, as merely being publically named as involved in an investigation is enough to end careers.

The ending of Eddie Obeid remains a flag bearer success for ICAC but the collateral damage is troubling to many on all sides of the political landscape. Some fascinating reading though.

Of course the NZ situation is under the Privileges Committee Jurisdiction but in the current toxic aura with the worst speaker in NZ’s short history in charge, things need some more sunlight to actually perform any useful outcomes for protecting against corruption.

However ICAC seems a step too far.

Written by Gravedodger

October 6, 2021 at 1:53 pm

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More Bullshit From Australia’s ABC

Adolf’s only patronage of the ABC is listening to its FM classical music station which is excellent and possessed of knowledgeable and entertaining presenters. (One of whom is Sir Don Bradman’s granddaughter, herself a semi-professional operatic soprano.)

However, most of the $1.2billion budget goes into news and current affairs which is run by staff of whom over 70% vote Labor/Green. There is not one recognized conservative presenter or producer in the whole place and as a result the coverage is heavily biased. Hardly a week goes by without an unsuccessful defense of legal action for defamation and the worst offender is current affairs programme ‘Four Corners.’

Today the ABC carried an investigative report on ‘secret foreign’ purchases of real estate. (The zealous reporters failed to note the irony in the ease with which they were able to identify the ‘secretive’ purchasers.) Adolf’s eye was caught by a section on the dairy industry.

In the far north-west of Tasmania, farming has been a family tradition for generations.

However, in recent years, this tradition has come under threat as the area has become increasingly popular among foreign buyers.

But hang on a minute, mate! Just a bit further down:-

The De Heinrich farms were sold back into the hands of local owners this year, for $27 million, nearly double their original purchase price.

So, it seems to the leftie denizens of inner Melbourne and Sydney, this fellow committed the crime of buying a couple of farms, operating the with local labour for five years and then selling them back to the locals.

However, his real crime was that he made his money in the oil industry. And thirty years ago the bastard paid bribes to the fat black Nigerian oil minister. (Yawn. EVERYBODY paid bribe to the Nigerian oil minister.)

And now dear readers, you can sit and comfort yourself with the knowledge that your government is made up of the type of people who infest the ABC.

Trouble is, the ones in the ABC have more brains.

Written by adolffinkensen

October 5, 2021 at 1:32 pm

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Throw another granny on the tarmac

That’ll be the new phrase for Australia, rather than the famous 1980’s line run by Aussie comedian Paul Hogan in US TV advertisements promoting tourism to The Lucky Country.

Those of course ran in the wake of the famous 1983 America’s Cup victory by Australia and the huge 1986 movie hit that made Hogan a global star, Crocodile Dundee.

But that was a long time ago. As the famous phrase has it: The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.

I’m tempted to find out if my three Lefty friends in Melbourne support all this. They almost certainly voted for Dan Andrews and his Labour Party, so it’s likely they do. A big part of me does not want to know.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 30, 2021 at 2:00 pm

“This is for your safety”

It seems to me that there are a lot of things that Police forces around the world have done in the last few years that have cost them the support of the one ideological side of the fence that had their back.

And of course when the Left decides to back the Police, you know it’s going to get bad. Think Okhrana (bad) to Cheka (good).

And so…

Written by Tom Hunter

September 29, 2021 at 9:18 pm

You Just Can’t Make This Up

From today’s Australian:-

Accounting and consultancy heavyweight PwC (Pricks With Calculators) is understood to have sought legal advice following staff outrage over two executives mocking Chinese accents and dressing up as a ‘bat from Wuhan’ during an internal trivia event.

Last Thursday’s trivia event also contained an allegedly racist trivia question in which a series of company logos were shown including Chinese tech company Huawei, with contestants asked which best represented communism.

PwC chief executive Tom Seymour has apologised to staff that attended the event for the incident, which he said “did not reflect the values and culture of our firm and which has caused discomfort and offence”.

The poor little petals!

And the reporter is illiterate.

Written by adolffinkensen

September 28, 2021 at 6:55 pm

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We’re never going back to normal

At least according to a senior Australian health official.

It won’t matter if you’re vaccinated, double-jabbed or whatever apparently, even to levels of 80% or more in the eligible population. The future will be one of Covid-19 booster shots forever, masks indoors and outdoors, social distancing, and with the occasional lockdown thrown in anyway – just in case.

We’ve had similar language used here in New Zealand by Professor Michael Baker

“University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker told Stuff we may never return to level 1, with mask wearing becoming a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future.”

“Unfortunately this is the new reality,” he said.”

“There isn’t a utopia of living with the virus in the future. It may be quite grim.”

… so I guess the following could be our future as well.

What’s the limiting principle here? How much tyranny is acceptable in the name of “saving lives,” and where does it end?

Based on what I’ve seen and heard of our politicians here, our Public Health leaders, senior police and 75% of the voters, plus the uselessness of our Bill of Rights and the courts who make judgements on it, I think what we’re seeing in Australia is in our future as well.

Double Standards & Changing Narratives

Just another in an endless list of examples of how the narratives change depending on who is in power and what objectives they’re pursuing.

The focus here being on Australia, which continues its descent into Stasi-world.

Let’s start with stuff in New South Wales, whose State government I have been assured is a “Liberal” one with more of a “hands-off” policy than all those nasty socialists…

… followed by the real McCoy in Socialist Victoria.

Plus a bit of phone app tracking of you in South Australia where you get 15 minutes to prove to the government that you are where you say you are.

Culminating in scenes like this – because even after two burly cops have smashed a 70 year old woman to the ground and broken her hip you still need to pepper spray the fuck out of her. Just to be safe. She might have Covid-19.

It’s entirely predictable where the MSM will sit on this issue. As this compare and contrast does of the Guardian’s approach to two similar events with different bad guys.

Flashback: how “Public Health advocates” felt about protests during lockdowns in 2020 America (same here in NZ incidentally)

Thus, you can guarantee which photo the likes of The Guardian would support below.

It’s almost time to start playing that game Papers Please to get into shape for the questions.

Having had numerous people in the US talking about denying healthcare to unvaccinated folk, don’t be surprised if it also becomes more than talk.

Finally, a timetable for comparison. Readers can pick where New Zealand sits on this chart – and where we’re headed over time.

Generational Toxicity

Over on the Bowalley Road blog Chris Trotter has really been letting the words flow wildly in relation to the news of the AUKUS pact that has been announced, with two articles in one week on the subject.

They’re the usual combination of themes one would expect from his Lefty age group: pro-China, anti-US, anti-nuclear, fears of a new Cold War, fears of NZ getting sucked back into another “Anglo Saxon Imperialist” world and so forth.

But it was actually this passage that intrigued me:

It is also quite possible that, by 2023, the United States will be embroiled in domestic strife bordering on civil-war. 

Followed by a lot of ignorant guff about the USA and the Republican Party. Now I’m not averse to the arguments about a possible second Civil War in the USA: it’s increasingly being discussed in non-fringe circles on both the American Left and Right. Even in popular culture I saw the “comedian” Sarah Silverman talking the other day about the nation splitting up because Democrat and Republican voters increasingly cannot stand dealing with eachother.

But there’s another aspect of this that should be taken account of: the growing war between the generations. Specifically between the Baby Boomers and … every other generation: Gen-X, Millennials and Gen-Z. Admittedly this more of a US thing than elsewhere: I don’t think NZ Baby Boomers ever fitted the label of being the “Me Generation” after Tom Wolfe’s famous 1976 article.

I’ve already covered some of this in two posts, Ok Boomer and Hand over the $35 trillion, you old fart, but a recent article by a Baby Boomer in the New York Post should be more of an eye-opener for Boomers, Millennials’ extreme hatred for Baby Boomers is totally unjustified:

Baby boomers who cried “Don’t Trust Anyone Over 30” during the Vietnam War should be scared to death of millennials. Because, at least among the Twitterati, they hate us — they really, really hate us.

Last week I took a beating from younger readers over an essay I wrote lamenting the decline of the “power lunch.” Although it only partly blamed the phenomenon on millennial habits — e.g., preferring avocado and kale to beef and baked potatoes — hundreds of thousands on Twitter either posted or retweeted such insults as “Old man yells at lunch table” (I’m 69), “What’s it like to be an antique?” and “We’re the ones doing the actual lunches while you’re having three-martini lunches.”

Millennials (and to some extent their Gen-X and Gen-Z brethren) hate their elders with a ferocity never before seen in our culture.

Generation gaps will always be with us. Historian Marc Wortman found a generational split over sending young men off to war way back in 1941. But unlike those of us who came of age in the 1960s-early 1970s, who merely disapproved of our elders’ “colonialist” wars and shag rugs, millennials (born between 1980-1994) can’t stand the air we boomers breathe.

Young hippies outdoors.

To some extent? This guy should go to some of the chat areas of Reddit and other non-FaceTwit Social Media.

He’ll quickly discover that Gen-Z are right up there on bringing the hate and Gen-X even more so given their proximity in time. Few things piss off X’rs more than being pegged as Boomers by being born in the 1960’s, as if we remember Woodstock and “Free Love”.

Unfortunately the article then delves into the reasons why and thus demonstrates even more how Boomers just don’t get it.

But if they spent more time studying actual history, which can’t easily be found on iPhones, they’d know that boomers were, and remain, the most socially and environmentally conscious generation America ever has ever known.

FFS. He thinks this is because of Greta Thunderhead and her influence on 16 year olds re Climate Charge.

Oh no, dear fellow, there’s a lot more to it than that. There’s only one sentence where he alludes to just one thing stemming from that wonderful “socially conscious” generation:

Maybe too much so — our universities’ overwhelmingly “progressive” agendas originated in the 1960s and have become more dominant ever since.

That’s because the Boomers who were the radical students of the late 60’s/early 70’s now dominate those universities as professors and administrators, and are hard at work teaching the next generations the same stuff, without any opposing arguments or ideas.

Being “the most socially and environmentally conscious generation America ever has ever known” isn’t an excuse or a defense, it’s an unwitting confession of guilt.

What this guy and the millions of Boomers like him miss is that this shite has now spread into every other part of the USA: the MSM, entertainment, government, bureaucracies and even corporates and the military.

I know of no American member of the younger generations who thinks that Social Security or Medicare/Medicaid will be there for them in their dotage of the late 21st century. Or a military that can actually win a war either. Not to mention housing costs, energy costs, career progression, jobs in general or the chance of getting married and raising a family because it’s so bloody expensive in more ways than just dollars.

What he also misses is that these younger generations, or at least a good chunk of them, might be objecting to having had these institutions trashed by the ideas of a generation that aggressively devalued the traditional things on which they rested, even as there are members of Gen-X/Millennial that have learned from their forebears and joined in with the trashing, as this guy points out:

As a college professor for over 35 years, I’ve gotten to know three generations of students: Gen X (born between 1965 and 1980), the Millennials (1981-1996), and now Gen Z (1997-2012). And because I teach rhetoric, I’ve read thousands of their papers, providing substantial insight into the way they think.

In general, however, I found that Millennials presented unique challenges. They were, as a group, the most entitled, judgmental, and arrogant of all the students I’ve taught, often basing an inflated sense of self-importance on scanty evidence.

Essentially, they are the “participation trophy” generation, the unwitting victims of countless artificial “self-esteem building” experiments by the education establishment, not to mention their own parents.

Ouch. But there is hope:

There is another generation of bright young people — Gen Z — following right on their heels and therein may lie our temporal salvation.

In comparison to their Millennial predecessors, my Gen Z students tend to be more open-minded, more interested in facts and logic, more inclined to question the status quo…

That partially explains the Fuck Joe Biden chants that have swept across college football stadiums in the last few weeks and even spread to the Yankees-Mets game in NYC of all places.

They also take a more nuanced view of history and are inherently distrustful of ideologues on either side. 

Let’s hope so, and that inheritances will add up to avoiding a different type of American Civil War.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 21, 2021 at 1:09 pm