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The Revolution is Postponed – Chile episode

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“Whoever doesn’t jump is a communist!”

And thank fuck for that, for when Socialist revolutions succeed you can guarantee a butt load of misery for the people, toiling masses and all, sooner or later.

What I’m referring to was something that happened a couple of weeks ago in Chile and was overshadowed by the Ukraine war and global energy and economic problems – and also by the fact that the MSM didn’t want to talk about it very much:

On Sunday, voters in Chile rejected a new constitution that would have represented a major turn to the left in the South American country. The vote was almost a landslide, with 62% of Chileans voting against the proposed constitution and not one of the country’s 16 regions approving the measure.

The voters themselves responded in an overwhelming fashion. Turnout was a whopping 85%

That’s an amazing result given that just last year a very Left-Wing, almost communist politician, 35-year-old former student activist named Gabriel Boric was elected President. This naturally led to the Left-MSM having a giant global orgasm, including locally with Chris Trotter and a somewhat more sober view Paul Buchanan (aka Pablo) at Kiwipolitico (Paul having grown up in Latin America).

However, Boric and his comrades suffered the almost inevitable overreach of Lefties who win big. While not forgetting (I assume) that Boric’s win had not changed the finely balanced Congress they did seem to forget that it was achieved with a low turnout in which only 56 percent of eligible voters went to the polls as fears of Covid-19 pushed most older Chileans to stay home. As a result the proposed Constitution was a shocker:

The proposed constitution was 170 pages long and included 388 articles. It was a leftist’s dream, with over 100 new rights enshrined into it, many of them containing left-wing buzzwords.

Additionally, the constitution would have created autonomous governing zones for Chile’s indigenous populations, compelled the government to adopt a radical environmental stance, weakened property rights, and required elected assemblies to include at least 50% female representation.

It made the EU Constitution look positively Jeffersonian. Even Left-wing supporters were not impressed:

“How the hell do you vote on a constitution with 388 articles?” said Chilean political scientist Gabriel Negretto to the New York Times. “You are overwhelming voters.”

Heh. Not to mention all those buzzwords and buzzterms: “neurodiversity, culturally relevant food, safe and violence-free environments, free time”, plus the right for Chileans to develop their “personality, identity and life projects.”

Alrighty then.

Judging from these scenes of joyous dancing that 62% vote against it may be understated: “Whoever doesn’t jump is a communist!”

I wouldn’t celebrate that much if I were them. The Left, like rust, never sleep. They’ll be back with some watered-down bullshit for the constitution at some stage. If it was me I’d put in just a few, bland articles that won’t get anybody’s back up but which can form a framework inside which huge pieces of legislation can be implemented that achieve all their goals. Hell, just look at what the Commerce Clause has enabled for the Federal government in the USA, not to mention the 16th amendment (income tax).

Still, together with Brexit, Trump, the rapidly increasing costs of the Left’s energy, environmental and immigration policies, the resulting rise of populist Right-wing parties in Europe, including the recent political shock in Sweden, it does make you wonder if the Leftist ground beneath our feet is not just shifting in small ways but in terms of a process of societal Continental Drift that started after the GFC.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 20, 2022 at 3:00 pm

Your Daily Sniff and Vomit

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And just like that, #MeToo and #BelieveAllWomen were dead.

Have you purged yourself today?

Have you digested your breakfast and lunch?

No coffee, wine, whiskey or other drinks at hand at the moment?

Good. Then you are ready for this.

Nothing new here of course, as Liberal loudmouth actress Alyssa Milano already demonstrated two years ago.

I’m guessing that all of these women are sickened by OrangeHitler and that none of them ever paid any attention to Tara Read (who?), even though VP Kamala Harris did.

As did others. Which makes sense given that this guy has history.

Related, Not a mask but a sickbag.

Money. Wall. Pissing against.

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You may have thought that the current NZ Labour government was a shocker when it came to spending vast sums of money to no good effect, but as is often the case now, the US state of California leads the way.

As if the high taxes, poverty, filth, crime, killer fires, water problems and energy problems were not bad enough it appears that they can’t even run a basic book keeping process.

This is Betty Yee, and she is the “State Controller” of California, which means that she is the person responsible for:

  • “Accountability and disbursement of the state’s financial resources.”
  • “Auditing all funds disbursed by the state and all claims presented for payments to [her office.]”

Given that California is the world’s fifth largest economy, that is a hell of a lot of spending responsibility. Her office issued 49 million checks in payments worth $320 billion in 2018.

Being in a public office she’s also accountable directly to the public in terms of more than just votes, being required to produce information about all this spending, subject to the usual Official Information Requests that we see across the Western world. There’s always scrapping between such offices and the people demanding the information as to timely releases and so forth – no bureaucrat is ever keen on revealing everything to the proles – but by and large the process works.

So it was no surprise when some activist group called Open the Books (OTB), requested to see the line item details of all these payments, starting in 2013. The letter they finally got in 2019 surprised the hell out of them:

“The State of California, State Controller’s Office does not maintain a centralized vendor contract database which would allow it to identify all contracts regardless of the agency awarding such contract,”

That came from Yee’s general counsel Richard Chivaro, who went further:

“In fact, many state contracts are paid for directly by the contracting agency,” Chivaro continued. “This procedure allows the contracting agency to make such payments as expeditiously as possible thereby taking advantage of an early payment discount which may be available.” 

“Moreover, the Controller’s Office receives literally thousands of claims for payment daily. Claims are batched by date received and are not segregated, logged or otherwise tracked by agency employee or payment type. Consequently, because of the way the claims are batched and processed by this office, we are unable to locate or otherwise provide you with the documents requested,”

The fuck? In other words the Controller’s Office literally cannot answer the question of where all the money went in a $320 billion spending list. They simply do not and cannot know exactly who got the money because they just don’t bother tracking that level of detail.

Incredible. Almost beyond belief.

OTB is suing the state of California but frankly I don’t know how that can succeed: if the system doesn’t track this stuff at a line item level (or even a couple of levels up) then what’s the lawsuit going to produce? They have had to sue Illinois and Wyoming in the past to get such data, but they did get it in the end, and they did not need to take such action to get spending records from the other 47 states according to the OTB Chairman:

“We even get the checkbooks from the historically, systemically corrupt Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,” he said. “We do get the second set of books from there.” 

In some respects it’s hardly surprising given an earlier story that blew out of the same state a few months ago:

California Labor Secretary Julie Su told reporters in a conference call Monday that of the $114 billion the state has paid in unemployment claims during the coronavirus pandemic, 10 percent, or $11.4 billion, involves fraud and another 17 percent is under investigation. 

Nearly all of the fraudulent claims were paid through the federally supported Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. The program was approved by Congress to provide unemployment assistance to those who usually wouldn’t be eligible, such as independent contractors. 

The even got scammed by the usual suspects, criminal organisations from Russia and Nigeria, as well as 21,000 prisoners in the state who scored more than $400 million, including 100 prisoners on death row

I like to think the latter group really just did it for kicks, given that they’re not likely to be able to spend any of it.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 12, 2022 at 10:28 am

Never Mind: reprogramming the puppet

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Well that was fun – while it lasted.

It looks like slightly saner minds in the Biden Administration have decided that it wasn’t just the optics of Biden’s Reichstag speech at the Hall of Independence that were bad but the basic thrust of the speech…

“Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic.
– Joe Biden, 2 September 2022

…. so now they’re trying to walk things back.

“C’mon, look guys, I don’t consider any Trump supporter a threat to the country.”
– Joe Biden, 3 September 2022

To be fair, Biden likely does not even remember what he said in that speech. It was written for him and everything else was set up by his handlers.

In his dementia Biden really is like those video game characters known as NPC’s (Non Playing Characters), that can be re-programmed to repeat different stuff for different scenarios.

But they’ll be back with the same stuff. They always are.

The Optics are Bad

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I’ve known from four decades of observing American politics, that Joe Biden was a dumb, mouthy, thin-skinned and all-together nasty piece of work, one who was rightfully rejected by Democrat voters in successive attempts to run for President.

And I’ve known since 2019 that his already low-IQ brain was now rotting inside from dementia.

And I’ve known for a year just how much trouble he and his Democrat Party are in as we approach the US Mid-Term elections.

And I’ve known for days about his now-infamous “semi-fascism” speech.

But this? This is almost beyond belief. I can’t imagine what the two US Marines at the back must be thinking. The site of the speech is Independence Hall in Philadelphia. How hideous.

I’m quite sure I can’t imagine what Biden’s handlers were thinking when they set all of this up. Psychological projection is a hell of a thing.

It was fitting for Joe Biden to deliver Thursday night’s Independence Hall speech in a venue lit by gas lights. Backed by a blood-red background and two soldiers shrouded in darkness, the president condemned half the nation as insurrectionists who pose a “clear and present danger” to the United States.

It’s actually the Democrats who now present a clear and present danger to the United States of America.

I’ve long thought that if the GOP takes control of the House and Senate then it would be a waste of time to impeach Biden, much as the Clinton impeachment of the late 1990’s was stupid.

But now I think it’s essential. Even Harris cannot be this bad, since she’ll only talk in goofy word salads.

Biden needs to be impeached before the stupid old fuck and his Politburo start a civil war.

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Haha…. Liberal Fascism, eh Jonah?

Tell me more.

Plus this:

It sure feels like Biden wants to provoke some kind of violent response. Why else even give this speech? . . . There’s also an inherent contradiction in what Biden is saying. He continually wants to paint himself as an uniter, while his words and actions exacerbate deep, disturbing divisions. . . . This was Twitter rage wrapped into a national address, and it was sad and pathetic to witness.”

Or how about this…

The Crunge

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More like cringe, as you watch the following piece of silliness – which plays off yet another strange piece of Biden behaviour from a few months ago.

The event was at some school and Biden just aimlessly wandered off to who knows where even as his wife, the First Lady, made a little speech.

So this Twitter user decided to have a little fun with it, given that Biden sticks a huge ice cream in his face every chance he gets…

… and then found that this was being FACT-CHECKED by Twitter to reveal to you that it was “Manipulated Media” (see the reference at the bottom). They did that because – and I know you’ll be shocked to discover this – it turns out, there wasn’t actually ice cream truck music playing at the scene!

OMG! But don’t just take Twitter’s word for it; take Reuters’, who put their Top Men on fact-checking duty as well.
Top.
Men.

Rather than OMG, how about FFS? Late night Democrat suck hole “comedians” like Steven Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and all the rest of that crowd tell a bunch of unfunny “jokes” with false premises – which are “factually untrue,” in fact-checking terms – every frigging night, and those get pushed by Twitter and FaceBook users all the time with zero fact checks.

The Democrat activists and supporters and MSM (but I repeat myself) are that desperate to protect Biden and that lacking in a sense of humour. So when a truly vomit-inducing, butt-kissing article appeared by one Tom Nichols in The Atlantic, titled (“Leave Joe Biden Alone”), and a series of satirical Atlantic headlines started whizzing around the Interwebby….

… they also got fact-checked by AP, Reuters, Twitter and others. You’d think the false name would have been a tipoff.

Which led to further mockery, of course.

As silly as the fact check efforts are, the unfunny part is that these false labelings of stories or even jokes as “misinformation”, designed to protect the Biden Administration, then becomes the justification for the social media monopolists of Twitter and Facebook to collude with them and use the SUPPRESS and LIMIT buttons in their algorithms to bury a story. That’s how it worked with the NY Post revelations on the Hunter Biden story, and that’s how it works on stories every day. Twitter and company keep trying to pretend this trying to be objective instead of what it is – a code of censorship at the behest of the Democrat Party in government.

And still the Right wing will defend “Muh Private Corporations” like these against anti-trust legislation in the name of the Free Speech Rights Of Private Business to have the right to refuse content they don’t approve of. At least in the USA, that argument collapses when it becomes clear that they’re acting at the directions of the government.

This all happened as the Biden Administration emerged from a week of trying to gaslight everybody about how America is not in a recession because having two quarters of GDP shrinking is not technically a recession – even though that’s been the accepted definition by everybody for a century now – and I mean every politician, journalist, economist and Bob’s Uncle.

These people are so confident that they can change reality by changing the meaning of words and terms – after the success of “gay marriage”, “pregnant men”, “men with periods”, “women”, vaccine definitions and the rest – that they think they can do it in the realm of economics. And to be fair, they did manage to get more than a few people onboard for this farcical effort, including many MSM sites and even a Nobel Prize-Winning economist.

But the following analysis makes a very important point; they know the Internet has got them cold on their bullshit, but they just don’t care anymore because this about allegiance and loyalty rather than persuasion.

Nevertheless, it’s important to keep calling out their double standards and not let them control memory and history, as did Orwell’s Big Brother.

Finally, since this is all fairly sickening, here’s a story from a time of more honourable and decent people, like WWII military nurse, June Wandrey. I’m sure that people like her still exist, but they are slowly being crushed out of existence.

Will be I arrested now, or later?

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For posting this on a Social Media website.

Because over in Airstrip One that’s exactly what happened to a 51 year old British Army veteran. You can watch it here.

I think the Police Officer’s Obersturmführer’s words need to be highlighted:

“Someone has been caused anxiety based on your social media post. And that is why you’re being arrested.”

Harry Miller, a former police officer, was also arrested after claiming he had tried to prevent the former serviceman from being detained and his comment is also enlightening:

“…they were trying to extort him for money by making him pay around £80 for educational course so he could downgrade from a crime to a non-crime, which would still show up in a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.”

To be fair a Crime Commissioner for the Hampshire Police did have this to say:

“I am concerned about both the proportionality and necessity of the police’s response to this incident. When incidents on social media receive not one but two visits from police officers, but burglaries and non-domestic break-ins don’t always get a police response, something is wrong.

I wonder what the arrest and conviction rate is in Hampshire for boring old crimes like those, and what the penalties are even when convictions have been successful? I would guess they’re not great since another member of the Police and Crime Commission in the Greater London Authority, Caroline Russell, made it quite clear what priorities she wants the cops to emphasise:

“I hope the Met Police will look into Laurence Fox using pride flags to create nazi imagery and posting the images on a public platform.”

Or as one woman once put it:

 “There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them.”

Remember that this is happening with a Tory government in power. Ironically I don’t think the Left are going to be willing to call them Fascists over this issue!

That last article also shows you can do the same thing with the British flag; but that will get you laughs.

Speaking of which, perhaps the best way to fightback is through laughter, as Tucker Carlson shows with a related – but equally inflammatory piece of teenager humour – from America:

Written by Tom Hunter

August 1, 2022 at 10:14 am

Super Shitty

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Kip’s Law:  “Every advocate of central planning
always — always — envisions himself as the central planner.”

The other day I posted about a strange new utopian vision of a city, The Line, that is super dense with 9 million people packed into just 34 square kilometres. It’s one answer to the sprawl of modern cities, of which NZ has its own great example, Auckland.

One of the most powerful arguments against the massive expenditure on trains in Auckland has been that the city is simply too sprawling for them to work as they do in older, foreign, cities like London, NYC, Chicago, Berlin, Moscow, Paris and Madrid.

More modern cities of Auckland’s vintage like Australia’s major metropolises, and American cities like San Francisco, LA, Dallas, Houston, and Miami, don’t have significant commuter rail systems and attempts to extend them in those places have not gone well, either in terms of cost or usage and especially not in their primary aim of shifting people away from using private cars on roads. At best in these cities trains are supplements to the main public transport of buses.

One of the joking, dismissive responses to Auckland trains has been to point out that for them to work the city itself would have to be re-engineered into a denser form like London or NYC, if not the extremes of The Line.

However, some years ago it became apparent that lobbying outfits like Greater Auckland, Public Transport Users Association, and Auckland government itself are treating that idea entirely seriously. They have implicitly accepted the power of the argument against rail – but instead of giving up, they’ve basically said “Ok, we’ll change the city to fit the trains”: the most common phrase is that the Auckland trains will run through “high density corridors”.

Typical Central Planning thinking; the Big Plan doesn’t work? Make it bigger! The real problem is that, as with myriad bicycle path failures, it’s less that these people love trains, buses and bikes than that they hate cars.

The private automobile is the primary technical reason why suburbs were created – especially in the USA after WWII, but across the Western world. But the driving force was that people wanted more space for themselves; detached houses they owned rather than apartments they rented, with some gardens around them.

There was also the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Created by FDR to develop urban public housing, it ended up doing not that great a job but in the hands of Harry Truman it started a mortgage insurance program that took the risk out of home lending and made the long-term (25–30 years), low-interest home mortgage the national US standard, which multiplied the effects of cars and industrialised house building. See the superb article, Suburbanization in the United States after 1945.

It’s ironic then that many on the Democrat-voting Left hated suburbs right from the start:

On the other side were the critics, who believed suburbia was inflicting profound damage on the American character. Academics, novelists, filmmakers, and designer-planners, among others, blamed mass suburbia for some of the most disturbing social trends of the era. Homogeneous suburban landscapes, they believed, spawned homogenous people, who followed the dictates of blind conformity. 

Even suburban family life was lambasted, portrayed as the polar opposite of the carefree innocence depicted on popular television sitcoms. Novelists and filmmakers in particular depicted all manner of suburban domestic dysfunction: alcoholism, adultery, inept parenting, wounding anxieties, deeply troubled marriages, and fraught sexuality, all concealed beneath a smiling public face.

No better single example of this criticism exists than the song popularised in the early 1960’s by the old American Stalinist musician, Pete Seeger: Little Boxes (“They’re all made out of ticky tacky, And they all look just the same.”). What he thought of Soviet apartment blocks is not known. What a POS he was.

You should also note that this is all long before environmental or energy arguments arose to be used against suburbs and “sprawl”. New arguments for the same ideologues with the same goals.

However, there were a few on the Left who embraced the new suburbs:

After 1918 there began to appear something that had never existed in England before: people of indeterminate social class. In 1910 every human being in these islands could be “placed” in an instant by his clothes, manners and accent. This is no longer the case… In those vast new wildernesses of glass and brick the sharp distinctions of the older kind of town, with its slums and mansions, or of the country, with its manor-houses and squalid cottages, no longer exist.

It is a rather restless, culture-less life, centering round tinned food, Picture Post, the radio and the internal combustion engine… To that civilisation belong the people who are most at home in and most definitely of the modern world, the technicians and the higher-paid skilled workers, the airmen and their mechanics, the radio experts, film producers, popular journalists and industrial chemists. They are the indeterminate stratum at which the older class distinctions are beginning to break down.

Orwell, of course, accepted the Marxist analysis of society, with its emphasis on economic class divisions and that, plus his own English experience, meant that he welcomed almost anything that would dissolve them. As he observed, soon as they could, people started escaping the old, dense cities, which had been built around different housing and transport technologies. This outward flow has continued into the 21st century:

Between 1982 and 2012, metropolitan regions ballooned in area, with real-estate development consuming 43 million acres of rural land, an area larger than Washington State…Even in comparatively slow-growing metro areas such as Pittsburgh and Detroit, rates of suburban sprawl outpaced population growth. By the early 21st century, Americans were driving more miles, spending more time in the car, and using more energy than ever before.

With the result that nearly three-quarters of metropolitan Americans now live in suburbs and roughly four in five home buyers prefer a single-family home. There’s a reason why so many people are fleeing major cities for bigger parcels of land. Even in cities we seek the outdoors and fresh air and try as the planner might, that’s just not what a high density apartment block provides.

You can also forget the the claims about a swing back to urbanisation:

Progressive theory today holds [that] the key groups that will shape the metropolitan future—millennials and minorities—will embrace ever-denser, more urbanized environments. Yet in the last decennial accounting, inner cores gained 206,000 people, while communities 10 miles and more from the core gained approximately 15 million people… after a brief period of slightly more rapid urban growth immediately following the recession, U.S. suburban growth rates began to again surpass those of urban cores. An analysis by Jed Kolko, chief economist at the real estate website Trulia, reports that between 2011 and 2012 less-dense-than-average Zip codes grew at double the rate of more-dense-than-average Zip codes in the 50 largest metropolitan areas. Americans, he wrote, “still love the suburbs.”

Moreover, notes Kolko, millennials are not moving to the denser inner ring suburban areas. They are moving to the “suburbiest” communities, largely on the periphery, where homes are cheaper, and often schools are better. When asked where their “ideal place to live,” according to a survey by Frank Magid and Associates, more millennials identified suburbs than previous generations. Another survey in the same year, this one by the Demand Institute, showed similar proclivities.

As I noted at the beginning, such facts do not deter the Urban Planners.

Density is their new holy grail, for both the world and the U.S. Across the country efforts are now being mounted—through HUD, the EPA, and scores of local agencies—to impede suburban home-building, or to raise its cost….The obstacles being erected include incentives for density, urban growth boundaries, and mounting environmental efforts to reduce sprawl…Notably in coastal California, but other places, too, suburban housing is increasingly relegated to the affluent...

Sound familiar? Actually it’s much of the political class, not just “Progressives” who increasingly want people to live differently. In fact it’s a whole bunch of people:

Banks, institutional investors, mega housing developers, international corporations, tech heavyweights, public utilities, and public agencies all prefer high density. Environmentalism provides cover.

The prevailing vision of environmentalism today, unfortunately, caters to a global oligarchy. They have decided it is in their interests, along with the interests of the planet—most definitely in that order—to preach imminent doom. Stack and pack, do it for the earth, and laugh all the way to the bank.

The architect Peter Cresswell pointed this out for Auckland, way back in 2005:

The same high-density planning imposition that Mother Hucker wants to impose in places like Glenn Innes and Panmure to make building slums compulsory are the same impositions planned for 51 ‘nodal developments’ from Pukekohe to Warkworth that are zoned for minimum densities greater than Central London, and these impositions come from the same planning mindset that is already making it virtually impossible to build at all outside the Metropopitan Urban Limit (MUL).

What’s new now is that the Auckland Regional Council’s planners have upped the stakes. With the so-called Smart Growth of ‘Plan Change 6‘ they’ve decided ‘Countryside Living’ — that’s the stuff you do outside the ‘growth boundary’ — is “unsustainable” because, get this, it “undermines public transport.” They mean it. This ‘plan change’ is in essence a plan to end countryside living and to make rural New Zealand a National Park.

Which you will be allowed to visit occasionally – assuming that your Social Credit score is high enough and that the trains are actually running.

Seventeen years later those densifying developments are proceeding apace, even as Auckland housing prices continue to rise and the Greater Auckland group blithely talks of turning us into Hong Kong. What’s also rising is crime in those areas, as I pointed out here:

Of course the idea where I live is that building lots of houses will obviously cure homelessness and thus reduce poverty and crime. So far the evidence is exactly the opposite. But it’s early days yet. As I said, the new houses look nice. My Chicago-born wife mutters “ghettos” as she drives through the areas.

As Joel Kotkin points out in his article, such plans are beginning to cause pushback in the USA, even – or perhaps especially – in Democrat Party areas:

Forced densification–the ultimate goal of the “smart growth” movement—also has inspired opposition in Los Angeles, where densification is being opposed in many neighborhoods, as well as traditionally more conservative Orange Country. Similar opposition has arisen in Northern Virginia suburbs, another key Democratic stronghold.

Or perhaps they just get the hell out of it all together and head for places like Pokeno, a once sleepy little SH1 town nestled into the Southern Bombay Hills. Seemingly abandoned when the Waikato Expressway bypassed it in the 2000’s it has exploded with new housing, with people commuting from there to both Hamilton and Auckland.

So after all this expenditure of human resources and money, the results, as usual for Urban Planning, have delivered almost none of their claimed goals, not even the environmental benefits of trains, for which all this city re-engineering is being done to Auckland:

Their mantra, a never-ending refrain, is more rail, fewer roads—and if in doubt, get motorists to pay more. “Rail, rail, rail, rail, rail.”

You’d think by their constant worship at the altar of rail that the environmental case for public transport was overwhelming!  That city’s could develop no other way. That rail really is the “highly energy-efficient means of commuter transport” the Greens website says it is.

But it’s not. Rail is far from the most efficient means of commuter transport, as figures from the U.S. government bureau of transportation statistics figures and the U.S.Dept. of Energy Transportation Energy Data Book demonstrate.  Brad Templeton looked at the figures from these sources and produced this handy graph, below, which shows that the average passenger uses less energy to travel a mile in the average car (with an average load of 1.57 passengers) than if he travelled in a diesel bus, a trolley bus, a heavy rail train, or a light rail train—and only marginally more energy than if he travelled by jet plane.

These people won’t stop unless they just plain run out of money or are overruled by Central Government. In the meantime the rest of us cope with their grandiose, “visionary” bullshit by:

refusing to cooperate with their grand plans and escaping to places where the plans are not being effected.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 30, 2022 at 11:22 am

Over the Hills and Far Away

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Things are getting so bad at Disney that now we’re seeing articles like this one.

Is Disney Setting Up Films To Fail At The Box Office?

Perhaps, but it’s far more likely that their string of box office failures in the last few years are due to the relentless Lefty messaging that bends movies to its will. This is not a phenomenon unique to Disney or even just Hollywood any longer, but also the MSM news, yielding the same results:

…. even the supposedly sober world of finance, witness BlackRock Investments. Or the even more practical world of shipping…

This cartoon sums up the fundamental problem across all these areas.

But some advertising is accurately assessing their target audience.

Including political campaigns. It’s called knowing your audience.

Which is why Lefty Martyn Bradbury is tearing his hair out, although he was in front of the whole pathetic, failed attempt to deflect from the NZ Left’s problems by trying to tie the dumping of Roe to National’s Chris Luxon.

It’s hardly surprising then that these people continue to be gullible

Twitter site Defiant L’s continues to have fun with Leftist double standards, hypocrisy, tone deafness and … sheer lack of self awareness

Apparently the rap artist known as “Snoop Dog” is a big fan of cannabis and has promoted a new premium brand.

Snoop is not the only one trolling “President” Biden.

I’ll leave you with this, one lucky guy.

Roof painter Michael Richard’s miraculous survival was hanging in the balance when he fell from the ground floor roof of a two-storey home. Michael tried to stand up after hitting the ground but struggled, before discovering he had landed on a steel bar that was sticking out of the ground which pierced through his neck and into the back of his skull.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 27, 2022 at 12:09 pm

Sabotage

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Destructive or obstructive action carried on by a civilian or enemy agent to hinder a nation’s war effort

Given how often the Left refer to something as The Moral Equivalent of War the above definition of sabotage seems appropriate when considering the internal actions currently destroying various Lefty groups in the USA – and here as well, if Chris Trotter and Bradbury are to be believed.

Two recent articles took a detailed look at this phenomena which is, as you may guess, connected with the rise of “Woke” politics. Both articles come from sources that are, in no way, right wing.

The Left Goes to War with Itself (Politico):

The fight is becoming bitter. On one side are people who believe in what can be thought of as a unified field theory of political and social change. Diverse issues, from climate change to abortion rights to racial equity, are seen as intimately interwoven, and progress on one priority will only be achieved with simultaneous progress on other fronts. On the other side are people who don’t much buy this theory — and roll their eyes impatiently at theoretical arguments of any sort if they stand in the way of practical results on the specific issues they care most urgently about.

I was amused to see them actually refer to “lumpers” (everything intersects requiring comprehensive overhaul) and “splitters” (one issue at time).

With each passing year that scene from Monty Python’s Life of Brian becomes ever more accurate, including the scene where “Stan” wants to become “Lorretta” and have babies. Once the height of gloriously absurd comedy it’s now a deadly serious matter to the Woke Left and actually ties in so beautifully with their current infighting.

That article refers to a far more in-depth one at another website, Elephant in the Zoom (The Intercept) which details the destruction that has crippled many of these Left activist groups, starting with an abortion research group called Guttmacher:

She talked about the role systemic racism plays in society and the ways that Guttmacher’s work could counter it. Staff suggestions, though, turned inward, Prism reported, “including loosening deadlines and implementing more proactive and explicit policies for leave without penalty.” Staffers suggested additional racial equity trainings,…

It has ripped Guttmacher apart and exactly the same thing has happened across-the-board for Leftist organisations with “knock-down, drag-out fights between competing factions” which have caused “the progressive advocacy space across the board [to] more or less, effectively cease to function. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is now more concerned with its own institutional racism than defending free speech: in fact the latter is now being called out by their younger staff.

“We used to want to make the world a better place,” said one leader of a progressive organization. “Now we just make our organizations more miserable to work at.”

“I’m now at a point where the first thing I wonder about a job applicant is, ‘How likely is this person to blow up my organization from the inside?’” said one [senior excecutive]

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It seems that anybody who has contact with the Woke Left in any way whatsoever is made miserable. One of the delicious ironies of this, which may only be grimly appreciated by the likes of Old Lefties, is that the in-fighting is often between management and their younger staff. Marx laughs in his grave.

There’s also this lesson, which has still not be learned by the Right when they’re confronted by these assholes:

“… when there’s an individual manager who gives up her or his power and just goes belly up and says, ‘Oh, yes, I have to apologize for thousands of years of oppression and I will never be able to make it up to you, but I will try.’ People will just roll all over them.”

Never apologise to the Woke. Ever!

And that is just one aspect of what makes this in-fighting so different to the the Leftist past, even as it acknowledges the classic splits between socialists and communists that is “a caricature of the left“:

What’s new is that it’s now happening everywhere, whereas in previous decades it had yet to migrate out of more radical spaces. “We used to call it ‘trashing,’” said Ross, the reproductive justice activist.

It is manipulative, dishonest, and excessive. It is occasionally disguised by the rhetoric of honest conflict, or covered up by denying that any disapproval exists at all. But it is not done to expose disagreements or resolve differences. It is done to disparage and destroy.

That last quote is from a feminist writing in 1976 about “trashing” in her small 1970’s activist world, but as “Ross” says, you can see it everywhere now, as evidenced by another bit of recent news, concerning a key Democrat thinker, Ruy Teixeira:

Teixeira is known for his 2002 book “The Emerging Democratic Majority,” which ingrained demography is destiny in the minds of younger liberals. He predicted the rise of Barack Obama.

[He worked for the] Center for American Progress, founded by ex-Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta. On August 1, he’s going to the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute [the longtime conservative redoubt that over the years has employed the likes of Newt Gingrich, Dinesh D’Souza, and Robert Bork.]. Why? He can’t do the work he wants to do at CAP. The younger woke junior staff is making his former workspace radioactive

A Democrat seeks shelter in The House of Bork? That has to burn.

Like a lot of older and whiter veterans of liberal think-tanks and foundations, he also says he’s exhausted by the internal agitation. “It’s just cloud cuckoo land,” he says. “The fact that nobody is willing to call bullshit, it just freaks me out...People were leery of talking about the white working class, as if it was de facto racist.”

More evidence of why the American White Working Class turned away from the Democrats, first to Trump and then increasingly to the GOP. AEI isn’t what it used to be and mainly prides itself in being a safe space for Never-Trumpers and now disaffected liberals when the “woke” crew votes them off the island.

The Intercept article also contains good stuff on the history of such movements, including Bill Moyer’s 1960’s lessons for future political efforts, the eight stage “Movement Action Plan”, which I suggest every Right-winger read so that you can understand how you end up being manipulated into “centrist” public positions and carrying the Left’s water in government.

But being a very Left site it naturally has to talk optimistically about how there’s pushback starting that will fix all this – while also fixing all the problems raised by the Woke, Intersectionalist crowd. Really? I don’t think the commies and the socialists ever ended up as good buddies but more or less wiped the other out where they had the power. How can that work here if the winner is the Woke crowd?
Something, something, Ouroboros. Look at this nasty crap from NZ’s own NoRightTurn on “TERFS”. As I said in that post:

He really has caught the spirit of the moral righteousness of the Medieval Catholic Church: “Arc of the Moral Universe” and all that. His fanatical, unbending, vicious, toxic Leftism is as all-encompassing as the practices of that church was, except that in his universe sins are never forgiven and the sinners are forced forever to carry the faggots as a warning of the fire they will encounter should they sin again.

I don’t know if he has daughters competing in swim teams or being at risk of being raped by a woman with a penis, but, like Lefty J K Rowling, sooner or later his own monsters are going to destroy him.

Which brings me back to Bradbury and one of his favourite cartoons.

Paranoid for sure but when you read a quote like this from that Intercept article you do have to wonder…

Another leader said the strife has become so destructive that it feels like an op. “I’m not saying it’s a right-wing plot, because we are incredibly good at doing ourselves in, but — if you tried — you couldn’t conceive of a better right-wing plot to paralyze progressive leaders

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Written by Tom Hunter

July 23, 2022 at 6:00 pm