Kia kaha, St Heliers

Right on! Auckland Transport has become an arrogant dictatorship and the good people of St Heliers have had enough. If you think calling AT an arrogant dictatorship is a bit harsh, even Phil Goff is calling for them to pull their head in. Quote.

Auckland Transport did not front a public meeting about safety improvement in St Heliers last night partly out of fear for the safety of staff.

More than 600 locals, many of them elderly, overflowed from two meeting rooms at the St Heliers Community Centre and booed when they heard AT had turned down an invitation to attend and explain itself.

[?]Tamaki MP Simon O’Connor said AT should not be implying the people of St Heliers are thugs and to be pushed around.
He said its failure to turn up was an affront to locals and to democracy, saying AT is accountable to the people and should front the community.

Last night’s meeting overwhelmingly opposed AT’s plans to increase the number of raised zebra pedestrian crossings in the seaside suburb from three to 15, build a new traffic island, widen part of Tamaki Drive and remove 40 car parks to improve safety.

Peter Jones, the chairman of the St Heliers Business Association, said the loss of 40 car parks represented 19 per cent of the 250 car parks in the village and caused serious problems for businesses competing with the Eastridge and Sylvia Park shopping centres.

[?] One man at the meeting said every car park in the village is worth $200 an hour to local restaurants. That meant $8000 a week or $3 million a year being sucked out of restaurants.

[?] One young man got up to speak in favour of the changes, saying he did not want to be living with the consequences of being hit by a car in future. End of quote.

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Venezuela: Socialist hypocrisy in action

Frontpage Mag reports:

QuoteVenezuela’s spectacular collapse evokes memories of other such socialist nightmares. Blessed with fantastic oil wealth, Venezuela was once the region’s richest nation. But after years of leftist policies culminating in Cuban-style socialism, the oil-rich yet impoverished South American nation is now in the throes of a humanitarian crisis ? near famine conditions and a hemorrhage of poor refugees pouring into neighboring countries. Venezuela’s collapse is like other socialist nightmares in another respect: corruption.

Many top officials and friends of the regime have gotten filthy rich through corruption. This is nothing new, to be sure. Like other Third World petrostates, Venezuela has long been a kleptocracy, ranked over the years by corruption watchdog Transparency International as one of the world’s most corrupt nations. Venezuela’s corruption gravy train, however, soared to epic levels under what the late President Hugo Ch?vez and successor Nicol?s Maduro called ?twenty-first-century socialism.? Corrupt officials and insiders got rich in a variety of ways: kick-back schemes and bribes involving state industries; sleazy currency-exchange deals and money laundering; and other nefarious deals ? from outright theft of state assets to drug trafficking. Corruption flourished due to a dark side of human nature: absolute power corrupts absolutely. Venezuela’s already fragile democracy was destroyed.End of quote.

When the state owns the means of production, it’s no surprise that bureaucrats and officials are deep in the trough.Quote:

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ISO do not want free speech on New Zealand educational campuses


The recent creation of two European student culture groups has brought all the anti-free speech worms out of the woodwork. The ISO (International Socialism Organisation of?Aotearoa /New Zealand) had this to say about students wanting to celebrate European culture.

Keep the ?European Students Association? off Auckland University?campus!

So Trumpism has hit New Zealand shores. A group calling itself the ?European Students Association? is trying to set itself up at the University of Auckland. The group?s website is covered in all the usual muck of the far right, with slogans echoing SS phrases from Nazi Germany and weasley phrases about ?European culture?.

This is a clear provocation, and it is heartening to see how students have responded. The Auckland University Students Association is speaking out against the group, and students are planning a protest against the presence of these creeps organizing on campus. We salute AUSA?s stand, and urge all students and staff to join the protest. (Facebook page details are here).

At the very best the European Students Association is a piece of post-Trump trolling, stirring the pot of antagonism. At its worst it is a genuine far-right organization attempting to gain a foothold on campus. Either way it needs to be opposed. We say: no space for fascism! Stand up to racism and bigotry!

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Looks like Venezuela has not only run out of other people’s money, but also their own

Margaret Thatcher once famously said that the problem with socialism is that eventually, you run out of other people’s money.

Well, Venezuela ran out of that long ago, and now it has run out of their own money.

Venezuela has run out of cash. Not metaphorically, mind you: The country literally doesn?t have enough cash to go around.

Two weeks ago, facing an acute shortage of paper money, bank regulators capped cash withdrawals at 10,000 Venezuelan bolivars per day ? about $5.25.

As I write this, following an almighty rout on the black market, those same 10,000 bolivars are worth less than half that much: $2.17. (By the time you read this, the real number?s likely lower.)

Stop and think about that: How on earth can a country work when the most cash anyone there is allowed to withdraw from their bank account in a day is two bucks and change?

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Phil Quin on the cringeworthy whining of the left over Castro’s death

We’ve seen Clare Curran’s stupid “legend” statement and Steffan Browning almost shedding a tear over Castro’s death.

Phil Quin is disgusted by it all…and contrary to what Andrew Little says, he’s not a right-winger.

While it is often attributed to him, Mark Twain may not have ever actually said “history doesn’t repeat, but it rhymes”. Whether he uttered the words or not, it certainly needed saying.

Jarring echoes of the far left’s shameful past reverberated around the Twittersphere yesterday in the wake of Fidel Castro’s passing. Current Labour MP Clare Curran and former Alliance Minister Laila Harr? were just two of many who took to social media to express grief over the Cuban tyrant’s death. Castro, Curran gushed to her followers as if mourning a beloved guitarist, was a “legend”; Harr? went further, asking, “who in our Parliament will be able to move a motion capturing the grief and gratitude of millions for the life of #FidelCasto (sic.)?”. The answer, one hopes, is nobody.

But “grief and gratitude” for what exactly?

The banning of trade unions? Threatening nuclear war against his neighbours? Imprisoning and murdering thousands of journalists, dissenters and unionists? Countless, well document human rights abuses, including the systematic persecution of gays and lesbians?

Or is it the 79,000 extrajudicial killings?

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With friends like these…

When Helen Kelly croaked you’d have thought she was nominated for beatification such was the wailing and veneration by media and politicians alike.

But wait, it appears that some socialists aren’t convinced of her credentials as a union boss.

The October 14 death of Helen Kelly, who led the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU) from 2007 to 2015, has been followed by glowing tributes from the entire political establishment, the corporate media, and business organisations such as the Employers and Manufacturers Association.

Prime Minister John Key told TV3 on October 31 that Kelly ?would have been one of the most worthy candidates? for the New Zealander of the Year award, had she survived. Several members of the opposition Labour Party noted that she was seen as a future party leader.

Kelly?s death at the age of 52 was a personal tragedy, but this fact must not be allowed to obscure an objective appraisal of her record. For more than a year, her protracted struggle with lung cancer was exploited in the media, with countless interviews and articles portraying Kelly as a champion for workers? rights and as a national icon. In fact, Kelly is being glorified because she was a highly-valued servant of the ruling elite. She led the CTU as it collaborated with major attacks on the jobs and living standards of the working class. ? Read more »

Good ol’ socialism starving the population

Socialism works so well…just ask Venezuelans:

A shocking video lays bare the severe food crisis confronting Venezuela.

Food shortages in the South American country has meant people have resorted to desperate attempts to source their next meal.

In disturbing footage, a huge crowd of people can be seen stopping a lorry on the motorway to snatch live chickens from their crates inside.

Traffic comes to a standstill as dozens of hungry people sprint over to the truck to grab the birds out of their containers.

The incident has been held up as yet another example of the country’s economic crisis, where looting has become commonplace.

It happened in the northern city of Tocuyito, T13 reported.

There have been calls for President Nicolas Maduro, a socialist, to step down because of the shortages.

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Another Group of Dodgy Local Government Candidates

The collapse of the Labour Party and the worldwide failure of socialism means that the hard left have decided to get involved in local government. This merry band of idiots wants to impose a socialist world view on councils, despite councils having a very limited role in changing the economic system. The Meatworkers Union are running Jobs that Count candidates, who we can safely recommend are all dodgy and should not be voted for.

Then there are the halfwits at Closing the Gap, who are trying to get candidates to sign up to their socialist utopian vision.

More regulation, more expense, higher rates and nothing to deal with the real problems driving inequality, housing affordability. Housing affordability is entirely the problem of councils refusing to provide adequate land supply so there is plenty of land to build new houses.

Closing the Gap?requests your participation in our survey of candidates of Local Government Organisations (LGOs).
Our aim is to prompt candidates to consider aspects of local body governance which we think are critical to improving equality for all residents – a situation which helps improve the health of our society.

Please answer all questions whether you think the questions are applicable to your organisation or not.

We plan to publish all of the responses we receive for each question.
Please note that you can change your mind on a particular answer up until the time you select DONE.

Closing the Gap?operates under the auspices of Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc which is a nation-wide, not for profit, apolitical, secular organisation having as it mantra, ?More Equal Societies are Better for All?. This is based on the research of Wilkinson and Pickett in their book ?The Spirit Level?, (2009). Their research, backed by many others clearly shows that developed countries with low levels of income inequality fare significantly better in many areas of health, social conditions and the economy than countries with high levels of income inequality .

The survey gauges your attitude to some of these issues in our communities and seeks to identify your attitude on some specific policy initiatives that will reduce inequality in our region.

Each question has five possible responses as follows:

Strongly agree, Agree, Open to persuasion either way, Disagree, and Strongly disagree

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The world’s most famous socialist


Students of history flinch when left-wingers refer to Hitler as being right-wing because anyone who knows their history knows that Hitler and his ?party were socialists. His party was called the?National Socialist German Workers’ Party. The parallels between his policies and the policies of modern-day left-wing parties are obvious. When lefties call conservatives fascists they conveniently overlook the fact that Hitler was a fascist and his brand of socialism was the nanny state on steroids. Hitler is a perfect example of what happens when a socialist leader becomes a dictator.

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Socialism is a great social experiment…that ends in misery

Venezuela is collapsing as their grand socialist experiment crashes and burns.

The fight for food has begun in Venezuela. On any day, in cities across this increasingly desperate nation, crowds form to sack supermarkets. Protesters take to the streets to decry the skyrocketing prices and dwindling supplies of basic goods. The wealthy improvise, some shopping online for food that arrives from Miami. Middle-class families make do with less: coffee without milk, sardines instead of beef, two daily meals instead of three. The poor are stripping mangoes off the trees and struggling to survive.

?This is savagery,? said Pedro Zaraza, a car-oil salesman who watched a mob mass on Friday outside a supermarket, where it was eventually dispersed by the army. ?The authorities are losing their grip.?

What has been a slow-motion crisis in Venezuela seems to be careening into a new, more dangerous phase. The long economic decline of the country with the world?s largest oil reserves now shows signs of morphing into a humanitarian emergency, with government mismanagement and low petroleum prices leading to widespread shortages and inflation that could surpass 700?percent this year.

When there is a power vacuum people generally die hard.

The political stakes are mounting. Exhausted by government-imposed power blackouts, spiraling crime, endless food lines, shortages of medicine and waves of looting and protest, citizens are mobilizing against their leaders. In recent days, Venezuelans lined up to add their names to a recall petition that aims to bring down the country?s president, Nicol?s Maduro, and put an end to the socialist-inspired ?revolution? ignited 17 years ago by Hugo Ch?vez.

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