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One Shot Left

The latest science suggests that preventing runaway climate change means total decarbonisation.


By George Monbiot.
Published in the Guardian 25th November 2008

George Bush is behaving like a furious defaulter whose home is about to be repossessed. Smashing the porcelain, ripping the doors off their hinges, he is determined that there will be nothing worth owning by the time the bastards kick him out. His midnight regulations, opening America’s wilderness to logging and mining, trashing pollution controls, tearing up conservation laws, will do almost as much damage in the last 60 days of his presidency as he achieved in the foregoing 3000(1).

His backers – among them the nastiest pollutocrats in America – are calling in their favours. But this last binge of vandalism is also the Bush presidency reduced to its essentials. Destruction is not an accidental product of its ideology. Destruction is the ideology. Neoconservatism is power expressed by showing that you can reduce any part of the wo…

Leave that chicken alone muthafucker

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HEADLESS CHICKENS
Friday 28 November @ The Powerstation, Auckland

TheGermans

Were freaking amazing last night

That was special

wow

Fun, Fun, Fun on the Bobobahn

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Pacific Entertainment by arrangement with CAA proudly presents . . . Kraftwerk.

The Godfathers and pioneers of electronic music will perform their one and only New Zealand concert since their triumphant headline appearance at 2003’s Big Day Out.

Kraftwerk is one of the most influential bands in music history . . .

"This Is The Greatest Show London Has Ever Seen!" The Times (UK)

“Their back catalogue is raided and it becomes blindingly obvious that some of the really major players of the last 30 years - Bowie, U2, Orbital, New Order, Chemical Brothers - have ridden shotgun on this great band's work. See Kraftwerk live - you're in the presence of greatness!!” - New York Times

www.kraftwerk.com

Thursday, 26 November 2009
8:00pm
Auckland Town Hall, Auckland Central

Have We Learned Nothing?

Kabul 30 years ago, and Kabul today.

'Terrorists' were in Soviet sights; now they are in the Americans'.

By Robert Fisk

November 22, 2008 "The Independent" -- -I sit on the rooftop of the old Central Hotel – pharaonic-decorated elevator, unspeakable apple juice, sublime green tea, and armed Tajik guards at the front door – and look out across the smoky red of the Kabul evening. The Bala Hissar fort glows in the dusk, massive portals, the great keep to which the British army should have moved its men in 1841. Instead, they felt the king should live there and humbly built a cantonment on the undefended plain, thus leading to a "signal catastrophe".

Like automated birds, the kites swoop over the rooftops. Yes, the kite-runners of Kabul, minus Hollywood. At night, the thump of American Sikorsky helicopters and the whisper of high-altitude F-18s invade my room. The United States of America is settling George Bush's scores with the "terrorists" tryi…

Clearing Up This Mess

John Maynard Keynes had the answer to the crisis we’re now facing; but it was blocked and then forgotten.


By George Monbiot.
Published in the Guardian 18th November 2008

Poor old Lord Keynes. The world’s press has spent the past week blackening his name. Not intentionally: most of the dunderheads reporting the G20 summit which took place over the weekend really do believe that he proposed and founded the International Monetary Fund. It’s one of those stories that passes unchecked from one journalist to another.

The truth is more interesting. At the Bretton Woods conference in 1944, John Maynard Keynes put forward a much better idea. After it was thrown out, Geoffrey Crowther - then the editor of the Economist magazine - warned that “Lord Keynes was right … the world will bitterly regret the fact that his arguments were rejected.”(1) But the world does not regret it, for almost everyone - the Economist included - has forgotten what he proposed.

One of the reasons for financial crises is the…

Let loose...run for your ears

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Birthdays, Beats and Barbecue, never a better mix of B's has there been....

feat:
Dalai
Chris V
Komotion
Bob Daktari
Jason George
on the bench: Apex I'm on early,so one can enjoy the sun (fingers crossed) and get yelly at my shockingly bad selections and complete lack of mixing :)

Change don't mean progress

Ditch fruitcake views on climate change
4:00AM Wednesday Nov 19, 2008 (NZ Herald)
By Brian Rudman

For those speculating on whether Act leader Rodney Hide will be adding tanning studio sessions to his return of election expenses, I can suggest a possible explanation.

He wants to hide the blushes when Winston Peters unearths the small print in Act's marriage contract with National.

Having mercilessly mocked the New Zealand First leader's quest for the "baubles of office" when he was on the outside looking enviously in, Mr Hide has been indecently quick to get his snout into the public trough now he's replaced Mr Peters in the Beehive.

As part of the coalition deal, National has agreed that: "To enable Act to make a substantive contribution to the Government's programme, it will have adequate access to funding, in a bulk form or for specific projects, to enable it to commission contract research or other consultancy assistance."

Talk about jobs for your cons…

Putting steel into the fight to save Earth

4:00AM Tuesday Nov 18, 2008, nzherald.co.nz
Klaus Bosselmann

Humans have overstepped the threshold of sustainability. In the mid-1980s, the capacity of the planet to sustain its human population had reached 100 per cent. The current population now has an ecological footprint equal to 1.25 planets.

If those people who live in the so-called Third World catch up with the lifestyle in the US or New Zealand, we need 4.5 planets.

We are facing one simple loss - our own disappearance from the planet, which itself will continue to live. We need to drastically reduce our ecological footprint.

Individual actions are of limited use. Making the changes requires regulatory and policy changes that strongly enforce footprint-reducing actions. In short, we need mutual coercion, mutually agreed upon.

Environmental law differs from the rest of law with its peculiar space and time dimensions. How to regulate human behaviour in the Here and Now to avoid disaster in the There and Then?

The problem is to reconcil…

Happy Birthday Scooter

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Toot Toot!

Can He fix it?

One of the eerier reports on the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan appeared recently in the New York Times. Journalist John Burns visited the Russian ambassador in Kabul, Zamir N. Kabulov, who, back in the 1980s, when the Russians were the Americans in Afghanistan, and the Americans were launching the jihad that would eventually wend its way to the 9/11 attacks… well, you get the idea…

In any case, Kabulov was, in the years of the Soviet occupation, a KGB agent in the same city and, in the 1990s, an adviser to a U.N. peacekeeping envoy during the Afghan civil war that followed. "They've already repeated all of our mistakes," he told Burns, speaking of the American/NATO effort in the country. "Now," he added, "they're making mistakes of their own, ones for which we do not own the copyright." His list of Soviet-style American mistakes included: underestimating "the resistance," an over-reliance on air power, a failure to understand the…

Curd,Curd...Curd

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Chicago Disco, the baddest House jam in town, returns to Ink Bar, with special fully loaded guest James Curd. A Chicagoan native, James may be well known to you as the man behind the Greenskeepers - he's also a boundary breaking, sick as fuck DJ. Support comes from DJ Philippa, Ed the Deep House Mantis, and W Ill.
Friday, November 14
Ink Bar

Moo

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Never Again - Kristallnacht 70 Years On

Sound of Broken Glass Still Echoes from Nazi Atrocity

By Ciaran Walsh

November 10, 2008 "RT" -- - November 9th is a bitter-sweet day for Germany and her people. On that day in 1918, Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated to mark Germany’s defeat and the end of World War I.

Exactly five years later, Hitler failed in a coup d'├ętat in Munich and November 9th, 1989, also marks the fall of the Berlin Wall.

However the date of one of Germany darkest hours, which is marking its 70th anniversary, casts a dark shadow over the rest.

Kristallnacht, or the Night of the Broken Glass, occurred on November 9th and 10th in 1938. The two nights of state-backed violence against Jews and their property is widely regarded as the prelude to the most shameful part of Germany’s past - the holocaust.

It is an event that former Berliner, Dr Fred Lyon, will never forget: “I was a 10 year old child and November 9th is vividly imprinted on my mind. My father awoke me and told me to get dressed as quickly as I could…

11.11

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This is the dawning of a new era

Congratulations National and National supporters - not the result I wanted but it was the one I expected.

Here's to 'change', let us hope it is positive for all New Zealanders.

Sorry to see the back of Helen Clark,her timein power will be seen by history as a very good time for NZ, cheers.

And onwards we go...

Vote For Your Right To Party

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BN1's...

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...last supper club gig before he buggers off oversea's tonight

It would be Rude Not 2 go :)

Foreclosed

The George W. Bush Story
By Tom Engelhardt
They may have been the most disastrous dreamers, the most reckless gamblers, and the most vigorous imperial hucksters and grifters in our history. Selling was their passion. And they were classic American salesmen -- if you're talking about underwater land in Florida, or the Brooklyn Bridge, or three-card monte, or bizarre visions of Iraqi unmanned aerial vehicles armed with chemical and biological weaponry let loose over the U.S., or Saddam Hussein's mushroom clouds rising over American cities, or a full-scale reordering of the Middle East to our taste, or simply eternal global dominance. When historians look back, it will be far clearer that the "commander-in-chief" of a "wartime" country and his top officials were focused, first and foremost, not on the shifting "central theaters" of the Global War on Terror, but on the theater that mattered most to them -- the "home front" where they spent in…

Here comes Hope

"The road ahead will be long," ... "Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there"

Barack Obama

Obama Wins

Must admit I never expected Obama to win.... I'm a tad dumbfounded and excited.

Here's to positive change for the USA and the countries her policies impact on so heavily.

*insert Mr Kings I have a dream speech here*

Expanding War, Contracting Meaning

The Next President and the Global War on Terror
By Andrew J. Bacevich

A week ago, I had a long conversation with a four-star U.S. military officer who, until his recent retirement, had played a central role in directing the global war on terror. I asked him: what exactly is the strategy that guides the Bush administration's conduct of this war? His dismaying, if not exactly surprising, answer: there is none.

President Bush will bequeath to his successor the ultimate self-licking ice cream cone. To defense contractors, lobbyists, think-tankers, ambitious military officers, the hosts of Sunday morning talk shows, and the Douglas Feith-like creatures who maneuver to become players in the ultimate power game, the Global War on Terror is a boon, an enterprise redolent with opportunity and promising to extend decades into the future.

Yet, to a considerable extent, that very enterprise has become a fiction, a gimmicky phrase employed to lend an appearance of cohesion to a panoply of activi…

Alex & Nat

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Elections

New Zealand and the USA go to the polls this week andI must admit to being more interested in the out come of the US election than ours.

Wondering if at the polling booth there will be a sausage sizzle - nothing compliments exercising ones demoractic duty than a sausgae in bread.

*bored*

This Is What Denial Does

The economic crisis is petty by comparison to the nature crunch. But they have the same cause.


By George Monbiot.
Published in the Guardian 14th October 2008

This is nothing. Well, nothing by comparison to what’s coming. The financial crisis for which we must now pay so heavily prefigures the real collapse, when humanity bumps against its ecological limits.

As we goggle at the fluttering financial figures, a different set of numbers passes us by. On Friday, Pavan Sukhdev, the Deutsche Bank economist leading a European study on ecosystems, reported that we are losing natural capital worth between $2 trillion and $5 trillion every year, as a result of deforestation alone(1). The losses incurred so far by the financial sector amount to between $1 trillion and $1.5 trillion. Sukhdev arrived at his figure by estimating the value of the services - such as locking up carbon and providing freshwater - that forests perform, and calculating the cost of either replacing them or living without the…