Postcards from the brighter future

Written By: - Date published: 10:58 am, June 1st, 2017 - 3 comments
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3 comments on “Postcards from the brighter future”

  1. Thank goodness that embarrassment slunk off down the alleyway… but we still have to clear away the lies of Bullshit Double Dipper English ,… so… loads more work to do yet to put the boot into neo liberalism…

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  2. greywarshark 2

    Another one. One item you featured r0b earlier on was about the Defence Force downsizing and civilianising – from Otago Daily Times 8 March 2012.

    Admiral Steer said the NZDF was on target to save $355 million by the 2014/15 financial year, and had saved $127 million in this financial year so far – though he insisted that the NZDF’s military capacity was improving because the savings were in middle- and back-room functions.

    The NZDF had gone through a round of “civilianisation”, which saw about 300 uniformed staff made redundant because they were roles that could be filled by civilian staff.

    How does it work that in 2017 they now want to cut out all cigarette smoking. Is this going to win friends and influence people to join?

    And how does it work that the DF is so worried about such things when the whole object of training is to brutalise the personnel, so they do things that are injurious to other people’s health, and their own. They have to do things that are beyond anything controlled by petty rules like not smoking. Just think if a soldier said he/she couldn’t go into a certain area because there was nasty smoke hanging round after the last bomb explosion.

    People wouldn’t be enrolled if they weren’t hale and hearty and I wouldn’t deny them a cigarette if they wanted one, though cautioning against it. It’s just another target set by the great gods of whatever who want to control each aspect of our lives. I demand such and such by such a time they pronounce like Roman Emperors. Hypocritical. They don’t care about the people under their jurisdiction, it is the cause du jour that’s all. And showing they can flex their muscles and force people to obey their edicts.

    Denying people things that give pleasure is all part of the new authoritarianism. What will the National Party, their agencies and their economic dogs, think of next to harrass us with?

    • greywarshark 2.1

      From list above:
      Dairy worker fears he will be killed over smokes

      “I can be killed in 10 minutes.”
      A Whanganui dairy worker is calling for quicker police response times and other measures to staunch the violence and robbery of dairies in New Zealand.

      Mandeep Singh, who works at Springvale Dairy, said there should be “some kind of phone app which brings police on patrol” to disturbances at dairies much quicker.
      He also wants the Government to stop putting up the price of cigarettes, and for dairy owners and workers to have more rights to defend themselves.

      Sounds quite reasonable and could be set up easily. Will Gnashional government act, the government that encourages business, enterprise and consumerism? Well?

      And a strange situation this morning where the Health and Safety Manager for Z garages was being asked for suggestions on prevention that to me should have been asked of our police force.

      It appears that the police force and government agencies are being undermined by a private entity.

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201846095/retailers-turn-shops-into-fortresses
      Listen duration 3′ :56″
      Z Energy’s manager of health and safety says removing posters from dairy windows would probably do just as much for the safety in dairies as getting smoke canons and tobacco dispensing machines. Julian Hughes says making shops more open plan and more visible from outside would help.

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201846094/ak-youth-workers-warn-of-impending-crime-spree-as-prevention
      Listen duration 3′ :59
      Auckland youth workers are warning of a crime spree as three million dollars of spending on crime and gang prevention comes to an end this month. Up to eight programmes across the city will have to close because they no longer fit the criteria in a new government funding model.

      education
      29 May 2017
      Teachers isolated, can’t access research: study
      From Nine To Noon, 9:07 am on 29 May 2017
      http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201845515/teachers-isolated-can-t-access-research-study

      Listen duration 22′ :23″
      Kathryn Ryan talks with Dr Nina Hood, founder of The Education Hub, a new non-profit organisation set up to promote cooperation with the education sector. She says teachers are isolated and find it hard to keep up to date with the latest research in their field, partly because of the way academics write and present their research.

      And here was a new non-profit agency set up to pass on training tips to teachers who are too busy apparently to get them from government. Another doubling up, with some middle class well spoken graduate being paid too much to talk about methods of pedagogy to those on the coalface, who will no doubt learn best principles or some other farcical term.

      Will they say, if you start off the class with a sandwich and get them to eat it without throwing it at someone, you will find the children are more receptive? Will they provide a grab bag of ideas that a teacher having trouble from an unsettling, unruly child can work through before they send the child to the principal’s office? This is common these days as education is passed on in the old idea that it will be useful and help the child know about the world and get a job. None of the above are likely. And the latest classroom design is open plan. If there is unruliness in one group, how can the others concentrate? It’s probably cheaper and who cares about ordinary kids anyway, there is nothing for them out there.

      Giving the children something to do that they can gain a skill from, and complete within a reasonable time period would be far better. Start, continue, stick to and finish your tasks is a valuable training in itself. Even better, see if you can get the children to settle on something they have thought up. I have seen the lack of ability to concentrate on anything in some of these kids. They could go through years of school and manage to not take in much.

      Just setting targets as in National Standards is stupid. Getting the kids to want to learn is the key. And teachers are under enormous pressure to get the kids through, and will resort to optimistic grading if necessary.

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    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
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    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
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  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
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  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
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  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
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  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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