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John Key, future leader or present fool?

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For a guy whose being touted as some sort of National party sviour, this dude sure is a let down.
Good old divide and conquer politics, with plenty of emphasis on the us vs them mentality of decades of old.

Good on ya mate....














Someone please bring back Don Brash, at least he was human and I did find his bumbling way very endearing.

As for Mr Keys crap about New Zealanders becoming more and more anti American and Australian... dude check out what them morons have done to Iraq... amongst other nations and tell me why we should see their leaders as anything but warmongers whom deserve nothing but our disgust....

What is Nationals policy? To hand another election to Labour

If so that may be the most intelligent thing they have going right now.

*yawn*

Slogans

Slogans... slogans....

The world needs more slogans!












Auckland Anniversary

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tis a funny ol city

Bands, beer and a little summer sun.... ahhhhh

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With Voom, The Tutts, State of Mind, One Million Dollars, PNC and Tangent

I really dig the Summer Series, a day in the sun getting boozed with good friends accompanied by some solid music

Yep life sucks

Sons of Beaches

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Doing stuff

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A nation is not like a coffee cup, where you break the handle and glue it back together again

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There is no solution. We’ve destroyed Iraq and we’ve destroyed the region, and Americans need to know this. This isn’t Rwanda where we can just sit back and watch the Hutus and Tutsies kill each other, and be ‘like wow, this is terrible should we do something?’ We destroyed Iraq. There was no civil war in Iraq until we got there. And there was no civil war until we took certain steps to pit Sunnis against Shias. And now, it is just too late. But, we need to know that we are responsible for what is happening in Iraq today. I don’t think Americans are aware of this. We’ve managed to make Saddam Hussein look good even to Shias at this point. And what we’ve managed to do is not only destabilize Iraq, but Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iran. This is going to spread for decades, the region won’t recover from this, I think, for decades. And Americans are responsible.Nir Rosen

Simple Tech

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The internet keyboard of the not too distant future

The Big Day Out - a review of sorts

Ok so I attended the Big Day Out (BDO) on Friday.

I was underwhelmed - I'm not sure if this is due; to my having attended 11 or 12 of the things previously, if it was a reflection on my age and music tastes (not much of appeal this yr for Bob), or maybe a bit of both plus a touch of not feeling 100% on the day.

It must have been the second biggest crowd wise BDO and whilst the crowds were unavoidable, the place handled the numbers better than it has in the past - no doubt a reflection on the promoters planning and the small but significant changes to the stadium and thus venue area over the years.

Anyway, there were a lot of people (45,000 tickets sold + comps + workers etc), from the moment we arrived at the gates it was a day of queueing, I reckon almost three quarters of my day was spent in queues with the rest spent at where ever I was queueing for - I don't like huge crowds nor queues.

I was disappointed by the lack of 'emo' kids on display, I had expected to be surro…

I Feel Love

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Thirty years young this song is, this year.

After all this time its still simply stunning.






















Its on you tube too.... and then so is Mother Goose as I discovered today.

Tis a strange world in which we live

Things to do on a Sunday

Read the paper (oh why did I bother...)
Listen to some CDs
Go out
Come home
Watch Al Jerreza
Watch a really shite TV movie

*reminds oneself that books are not the work of the devil*

The Day After

By rights I should be feeling shabby, but I am not, for one simple reason, I didn't drink too much.

Such a simple solution to them hangovers. Why had I never figured this out before.....

I didn't have a huge day out, just a big one.

A Big Day...

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Keep passing open doors

Summer colds suck the kumara.

blah

Whats going on

Nothing

nothing at all

Summer is on hold til I feel better

alright

Shit that is going to get real boring

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I see the media are gearing up to make this the year of climate change - or maybe if I am jumping the gun some bright spark has decided this 'quiet' time of year is going to be....

I'd like to say its due, that media spent more time on informing us on what climate chnage is and how its going to impact on our fragile ecosystem. This is the single most important issue facing our species.

Last night I predicted the demise of our kind.... We are dooomed.


Why you might ask

Well if every single climate change story is concerned (as they were last night) with the economic impact of said change and concerns itself with the financial repercussions we deserve to die out.


Does something need to lose its net worth for us to get concerned?


Is a dip on the sharemarket the only thing that motivates some?


I am afraid so, these are our weakest links...


If we could find a economic benefit in climate change I guess our species facing possible extinction would be painted in a good light.



"hey, yo…

A weekend of nothing leads to...

...a huge desire to repeat the nothingness on the Monday.

Alas that is not an option.

Reminds oneself to buy a lotto ticket this week.... must fulfill my destiny... of doing not much of anything, real well.

Righto the new week awaits.






What to do?

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Nothing

Checklist:
CDsBooksPuterCouchFood and other supplies
Sorted!

REAL men only

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looks like we got ourselves a reader

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Can't be arsed typing this morning...

So here's some links to some of this weeks reading grab a coffee and join me for:
seven reasons why MP3 is the future of the music industry, maybe
Frida Berrigan, How the Pentagon Stole the Future
Baghdad 2025, The Pentagon Solution to a Planet of Slums by Nick Turse
Israel's purging of Palestinian Christians by Jonathan Cook
Terrified Soldiers Terrifying People by Dahr Jamail and Ali al-Fadhily
I Told You Homeboy You Can't Touch This by Asylum
Actually that lot should last a few coffees or possibly a pot or two of tea.
On the using up ya bandwidth for the month front:
We have DJ sets by Henrik Schwarz, Rahaan part one & part two, PopnTuck by Bn1 & micarl
Stronghold Legends demo, a bit oldish now but I have a hankering to build a castle
and finally a picture of the area in which I live








I don't get it

The aftermath of Saddam Hussein's trial continues...

I read an article yesterday about the trial of Saddam's associates with regards to the Kurdish gassings that took place whilst he was leader - around 100,000 may have died during this particularly horrific campaign.

According to the article all charges against Saddam were dropped, which has me rather stumped.

The proceedings - on Monday local time - began with the judge officially dismissing all charges against the dead president, including genocide, in relation to the Anfal campaign against the Kurds in which more than 100,000 people were killed.
Article here

Why would the charges be dropped?

Of course the answer would have to have something to do with the fact the defendant has just been butchered.

And those whom have read about such events in Iraq's darker days will know that if Saddam had been taken to account for this crime and many others the support of the West (US et al) at the time would have been called into question,…

Black Gold... then and now

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"By 2010 we will need [a further] 50 million barrels a day. The Middle East, with two-thirds of the oil and the lowest cost, is still where the prize lies"

Dick Cheney; US Vice-President, 1999

From studying the history of the past fifty years, the Iraqi Baath party was frequently used as an instrument in accomplishing US and UK policies in the Middle East and the Gulf.

It was the major tool used in the bloody coup d'etat of 1963 against the Kassim regime and the progressive movements in Iraq. Ali Salih Al-Sadi, the Baathist leader who headed the coup and consequently became Prime Minster, later admitted that they came to power in a coup organised and financed by the CIA and British Intelligence Services, in order to freeze Law 80, which was declared by Kassim in 1961 to remove over 99.5% of Iraqi territory from the control of the international oil companies and return it to Iraqi sovereignty.

On July 17, 1968, the Baathists returned to power for the second time and then on J…

Like a sleeping Giant

New Zealand will slowly awaken today and head off into 2007.

I wonder when the breakfast TV show will start again... there are only so many fishing shows one can stomach first thing in the morning... or at any time to be honest. Thankfully Triangle offers me DW TV and Al Jarezza, can't complain about that.

Righto, coffee calls...

Mooching

Is there anything better than a day of mooching round - ie. doing nothing much?

No there isn't.

Sunday come on down.....

Cricket, lovely cricket

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except when New Zealand plays



At least I didn't make the effort to go, like my brother who found over priced lite beer as the 'entertainment' enhancer on offer.



And we thought we could build a waterfront stadium




Degenerate Music: "It Don't Mean A Thing, If It Ain't Got That Swing"

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Günter Discher, born March 20, 1925, in Hamburg, became a fan of swing music early on. He succeeded in avoiding service in the Hitler Youth. He also managed to get around the difficulties in obtaining jazz records, difficulties imposed by Nazi prohibitions and limitations.

He became an expert in the phonograph record black market. By having soldier friends, who were stationed in occupied countries, send him records through the military postal system he was able to supply himself with the coveted disks. He sold them to friends and fellow fans, and also to the dance halls of the jazz scene in St. Pauli. For these reasons, the Gestapo arrested him when he was seventeen years old.

He was interned in the youth concentration camp of Moringen as Number 852 on the basis of the following Schutzhaftbefehl [Order for Protective Custody]:


Secret State Police (Gestapo)
Berlin SW 11, January 15, 1943
Secret State Police Headquarters
Prinz-Albrecht-Strasse 8
IV C2 Arrest-No. D. 10446

Order for Protective Cu…

One of 4000 to die this month

Saddam's legacy for those in Iraq will be short lived, his presence shall soon be overshadowed by more carnage on the streets of Iraq.

Iraqis are too worried about staying alive themselves to lament or rejoice very long at the execution of the man who ruled them for a quarter of a century.

Its time to sit back and dread the Whitehouses next phase of milestones for this nation a nation that is in big trouble, to quote River:

You know your country is in trouble when:
The UN has to open a special branch just to keep track of the chaos and bloodshed, UNAMI. Abovementioned branch cannot be run from your country. The politicians who worked to put your country in this sorry state can no longer be found inside of, or anywhere near, its borders. The only thing the US and Iran can agree about is the deteriorating state of your nation. An 8-year war and 13-year blockade are looking like the country's 'Golden Years'. Your country is purportedly 'selling' 2 million barrels of …

I'm angry, why?

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News of Saddam's death reached me the day after, due to the blissful isolation one wraps oneslf in whilst beaching, boozing and BBQ'ing over New Years.


















I'm disgusted.

I'll elaborate on this another time, for right now I am still giving the brain as much time off as possible - its a delicate wee thing.

I feel guilty too, I'm confused, for I feel sorry and saddened by Saddam Hussein's execution, a man I should have nothing but loathing for. He was not a good man, nor a great man. he was pretty much all our western news tells us.

Yet he and his many victims deserved better than a kanaroo court show trial and a hanging on the eve of a very significant Muslim holiday - a holiday that is all about forgiveness.

Our US friends in power have created a martyr and to be able to do so with such a vile character as Saddam is truely a show of the skill Bush and co weld. they are the magic men.

I feel angry, very very angry about it all.

Welcome to another sad chapter in the fall of…