Saturday, June 6, 2020

Onward and Upward

Adolf is recovering from shoulder surgery to repair a snapped tendon.   (The bougainvillea won the fight with the tendon)

It is not my purpose here to regale you with all Adolf's aches and pains but rather, to give credit and praise to the Australian public health system where, incidentally, Maoris and Tongans do not receive preferential spots on the elective surgery waiting list. 

For the last twenty-five years or so, Adolf has been what is known as a 'public' patient.   When the annual premiums hit five grand I decided that was too much to pay for going to the the front of the queue for a tummy tuck.   So, since then we have self insured and apart from one of two cataract operations all others have been 'on  the tax payer.'    At a rough guess, I'd say the cost of treatment over time would go somewhere close to $150k.

I can see all our glued on trolls lining up to vent their spleens upon an insurance broker who decided not to insure.   Well, go blow your brains out, dunderheads.   The cost of premiums over that time would have exceeded $150k by a good margin.

It was interesting this week to observe the system at the hospital.    A continuous cycle of patients, in one day and out the next.  Those poor bloody nurses had to read some long winded piece of politically correct arse covering drivel to every patient before discharge.  I had overheard it twice while awaiting my turn to go, so I looked at the nurse and asked her how many times she had read it out.  'Hundreds and hundreds' came the reply.

Well, I've heard it at least twenty times over recent years so if you don't tell anyone,  I won't tell anyone if we give it a miss.  The look of relief was palpable.

While I was waiting for The Cook to turn up, an old bloke was cleaning the floors and replacing rubbish bins.   He wandered over and asked if he could get me a cup of coffee or tea.  I thanked him but declined.  Funny thing was, all the younger staff were rushing about, far to busy to worry about patients.

Anyway,  when it came time to go, the same old bloke came with the wheel chair.   As we were wending our way through the rabbit warren he quietly asked me 'What do you think of the building?'

'It's quite pleasant' was the diplomatic reply.

Yeah, he said with a grin.  I built it twenty years ago.

You can always tell a businessman by the way he deals with his customers.


 






HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

So a journo here thinks St Jacinda is patronising in telling people how to live their lives when level 1 comes into force next week  under the better late than never rule.

Others have likened her leadership to that of a kindergarten teacher ... others prefer the Dominatrix label.

What do you think.  

Flake et al ... don't bother to answer, I'll do it for you.   Jacinda Ardern is Joan of Arc, Mother Theresa, MJS, Edith Cavell, Florence Nightingale and your best pet all rolled together in one. 

Bad News for People Who Hate Good News

My PhotoIn the first phase of the Minneapolis riots a week ago there was a lot of tragedy involving people having their little business destroyed.

Delies, cafes, bars, shops of all sorts were not just looted but trashed and destroyed by the rioters unleashed by the City's decision to simply withdraw the cops from defending many sections of the city, including even one of their own police stations.

But several stories of loss seemed especially poignant, like this one, Rioters Destroy Bar That Black Minneapolis Firefighter Bought with His Life Savings:
Korboi Balla had invested his life savings in the bar and was planning to open it before the coronavirus pandemic caused mass business closures. Balla then moved the opening date to June 1, when Minnesota plans to lift restrictions on restaurants, but the bar has since been wrecked and looted in the riots, CBS first reported. 
CBS was filming a segment at the bar when looters entered through the back of the establishment to try to steal Balla’s safe.
That's how bad it had become. You can that in the following video, plus Balla's tearful comments to the camera crew:

“I don’t know what I’m gonna do. I worked so hard to get here. So hard. 
It hurts, man. It’s not fair, it’s not right. We’ve been working so hard for this place. It’s not just for me, it’s for my family.”
Well, as one of our Far Left commentators noted, it's just property. What is that compared to the loss of a man's life.

His wife Tywanna had an appropriate response to that on her Facebook page:
“Yes people are mad and upset, I get that and I understand the protest, I’m hearing people say F*** the business they have insurance WELL WE DON’T AND THIS IS ALL OUT OF POCKET!!!” 
 “Let someone come run in your home and loot for the cause then and let’s see you be ok with it!”
Anyway, the good news - the great news - is that the community of systemic racism rallied around the guy. A GoFundMe page was set up with the goal of raising $100,000.

As of this writing it has raised $1,133,770.
I wanted to take a quick moment to update you all on what has been happening. The last 48 hours has been an out-of-body experience. It has been an emotional roller coaster but as I said in my last post, I am overwhelmed and overjoyed that so many people from around the world were able to connect with my story and are supporting the bar. 
Initially, the thought was to rebuild Scores Sports Bar, but as many of you know the entire building was burned down and has been reduced to rubble as have many buildings in the surrounding area. It will take some time to work on a strategic plan for Scores Sports Bar but the goal is still the same. The resilience of my city and of the global and local community has re-ignited a fuel deep within. COVID-19, and a fire cannot stop what plans I have to open my dream and I cannot wait to open the doors and serve all the people who have supported us and will continue to do so. 
As the community rebuilds, we will continue to contribute to community efforts and find ways to connect and support one another. Again, thank you all for your provision.
And it's about more than just money and it's more than just nice words about rebuilding. It became literal as he comments on the page:
“I wondered what next? My community, that’s what. Strangers showed up with brooms, cleaning supplies, trash bags, and food. They helped me and my family clean up in 20minutes what would have took days. THIS IS WHAT GIVES ME HOPE! I want to thank and shed light on the real true Minnesotans who helped many of us small business owners clean up yesterday.”
There are a lot of decent people in the world and by and large they're the quiet ones. Not racist either apparently.

Friday, June 5, 2020

We're On Your Side!

My PhotoIf you're in the mood for a bit of Black Humour today here's some things that should lighten your feeling as White People discover the limitations of Far Left ideology. Again!

I know, it's tiresome after 100 million deaths and countless screwed up societies but some people just never learn.

The funniest is this video that has gone viral of two White frat boys giving the big thumbs up to rioters in a US city from their apartment.

Otherwise known as Play Stupid Games: Win Stupid Prizes. I haven't heard White people this whiny when confronted by violence since Mick Jagger went to his Public Schoolboy accent and tone at Altamont.


Then there is this Antifa twat getting arrested by .... Black Lives Matter protestors. And good on the BLM guys since this little shit was using tools to dig out paving bricks for a protest. This is what Antifa trains to do - and the intention is for Blacks to be blamed for the resulting riot.



One Liner Of The Week

From an anonymous commenter over at Tom's place.


"BLACK LIVES MATTER.......little brown ones, it appears not so much"


Antifa's White Privilege

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Last year I posted about Antifa and their White Privilege with Stuff White People Like. The post included quite the pasty list of mugshots for various arrests. There must be a handful of other ethnicities in Antifa but Hispanics and Blacks have their own activist groups and Asian-Americans have not yet joined the protest parties in any significant way.

There was always a good chance that some event would appear that would allow them to have another shot at glory and fundamentally transforming America, and the Chinese Lung Rot and Floyd murder was the perfect opportunity.

Progressive!
Now Antifa need to play a double game here; agitating against a society they loudly proclaim they hate, while also trying to pretend it's other groups doing this or just grassroots anger that magically got out of control and converted peaceful protests into riots and looting.

To that end much was made earlier in the week about a "fake" Antifa Twitter account calling for all sorts of mayhem before it was switched off.

But even accepting the argument that it was a fake there's plenty more where that came from, as recorded by the National Legal and Policy Center in the US, which has compiled quite the list of Antifa pushing their message on Twitter.

The article also lists Twitter's rules for posting on their site:
You may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people. We also prohibit the glorification of violence. Learn more about our violent threat and glorification of violence policies…You may not threaten or promote terrorism or violent extremism.
Keep that in mind as you look at these various Twitter postings from Antifa and company.









The important thing to note is that the greatest destruction from all this happened in neighbourhoods dominated by Blacks: they're the people who have to live in the ruins, while the Antifa Whites get to go back home to untorched suburbs and the like.

And if you're wondering why these accounts are still up and running, take a look at the person who is the "head of site integrity" at Twitter, Yoel Roth.

Think you can trust this guy to enforce Twitter's own rules in a fair and balanced way? To do anything in a fair and balanced way?

For example, while Twitter claim that the Antifa site they took down was linked to some nutty Far Right European group, you have to wonder how honest those claimed "links" can be when they come from people like Yoel Roth.

And given that he's so out and proud in his hatred of the Right Wing you know that there must be plenty more like him in the corporation.

And of course this White guy likely lives in peaceful Silicon Valley, earning a substantial six or seven-figure salary, with stock options.

But who needs friends like that in the MSM and Social Media sites when you've actually got Democrat politicians who are gaslighting all of this, such as Ryan Winkler, the Democrat House Majority Leader.

Desperate to turn away the growing spotlight on Antifa, BLM and the more generic rioters and looters in Minneapolis, Winkler finally thought he'd found his great White Supremacist Whale when a truck driver "ploughed" into a group of protesters blocking a highway.

Winkler went cray cray in this Tweet, starting with "Protestors I know".

Every single thing in that Tweet was a lie, bar the simple fact that the Police later closed the bridge.

As can be seen in this video from Traffic video cameras Verchirko simply brought his truck to a halt when he saw the crowd. According to police reports he'd been surprised to come upon “protesters” packing all lanes of the road in front of him. Turns out the cops knew about the protests on the highway but had not closed it before Verchirko got on it.

If he had wanted to hurt them, he could have taken them out like bowling pins. Instead, he blared his airhorn and then stopped. That didn't save him. The crowd promptly attacked the truck, dragged him from the cab and administered some Social Justice to the poor bastard and he was then arrested when the cops turned up, but was promptly released without charges when the facts became clear.

None of his attackers have been arrested and the Police are apparently not even looking for them. 


The last kicker for this bullshit story run by Minneapolis Democrat leaders was an angry Tweet from the Black owner of the gas station to which Verchirko had been delivering fuel. Turns out that no other driver was willing to volunteer for the job.

Verchirko is not a “white supremacist,”. His truck contained neither such imagery nor a Confederate flag.

Winkler simply made the whole thing up - based on stories from his mates in the protest groups - to seek political advantage.

It was a nasty and pathetic effort by he and other left-wing Minnesota Democrat politicians - up to and including Governor Walz - to blame the riots, looting and arson that they failed to control on “white supremacists”.

Now one ironic aspect of this is that while White Supremacists typically don't like Jews it turns out that Antifa doesn't either, which is not a surprise given their anti-capitalist focus.

The classic example was this wheelchair-bound woman doing the usual virtue-signalling about Antifa being all sorts of people - "every person who is not a Nazi".


Except it turned out that in the photo she had with the Tweet was a guy standing next to her who had actually been convicted of threatening a couple of Jewish guys:
Rabbi Shmuel Levitin and Ephraim Block were operating a permitted religious booth for the Sukkot Jewish holiday in downtown Seattle on October 11 when Williams allegedly approached them and shouted: ‘Jews, Jews, Jews … give me your money!’ He then said he had a gun and was going to kill them. Both Levitin and Block have beards and payots, or sideburns, and were wearing yarmulkes. Levitin is a rabbi at the Chabad of Downtown Seattle.

Somehow he avoided jail time despite multiple convictions for assault and domestic violence in several states.

He's a neo-Nazi and as such he's perfect for Antifa. This is who they are. This is what they do.

Friday's Fulminations

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Adolf

Thursday, June 4, 2020

MORE ON THE PROGRESS OF COVID-19

Looking at the stats for the rest of the world they make for interesting reading.     The US yesterday reported just 248 new cases ... a record low number, while in Russia they have exploded with 8831 reported.   No numbers for the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany or Canada.

Closer to home and Singapore is clearly experiencing a second wave with 517 new infections.   Clearly the talk about opening up that border is going nowhere anytime soon while across the ditch on Wednesday there were 11 new cases so, if you apply the 28 day rule, you wouldn't expect the trans-tasman border to open up before mid July at the earliest.

So again I raise the question.   With NZL on the cusp of going to alert 1 level 1 shouldn't we be actively exploring with the Samoan government the opening of the border with them as well as scheduling more flights to the Cook Islands more than the current once weekly service.   Two countries where there have been no cases ... ever.

Die, MSM Die 1.7 - The Hook: Double Standards, Always

My PhotoIn a previous article comparing the situation in Democrat-controlled New York to Republican controlled Florida, I pointed out that the MSM had played its part in attacking Republican State Governors for not going for extreme lockdown while praising the likes of Cuomo who did.

Now I had assumed that this was simply because most journalists are Lefties nowadays and will happily repeat any Leftist theme or idea.

But I'd forgotten that sheer political partisanship plays a big part too, while almost always being vehemently denied by the MSM.

To that end, in late April the august publication The Atlantic, published a story ripping into one of those Deplorables states, Georgia, for not having gone hard enough and lifting the lockdown too early, with this gruesomely vicious headline:



Remember that "journalist's" name - Amanda Hull - because here she is just the other day, Tweeting about the new curfew imposed on New York City:


Woah! Could be that we'll be seeing a new headline out of the NYT to top their old one, The Rioting and Looting Is Deadliest Where Democrats Live.



It does seem that karma is working its magic all over the USA, as the as the editor of a "Progressive" newspaper, The Indy Week in Raleigh, North Carolina discovered.

That's her on the Left, Leigh Tauss - and my god, don't we all know that Lefty look oh so well.
I see peasant, that you are still racist and privileged. We need to have a conversation. You just listen while I talk and enlighten you.
Anyway, after she expressed her support for the protests-turned-riots something bad happened, which she Tweeted about:



Some of the comments from around the Social Media traps were priceless:
  • "It was a brick of peace."
  • "Did you paint 'progressive' over the door posts in the hopes the mob angel of death would pass you by?"
  • "Fire is blind."
  • "Leigh needs to check her privilege. As a woke progressive she should be HAPPY to sacrifice her windows to this cause. After all, these people are simply expressing their rage at centuries of oppression. She should be standing outside the office handing them baseball bats."
But my favourite Tweet response was this one:
Dear Comrade Stalin: Please tell me what I have done wrong and how I can atone. Here in the Lubyanka, I await your wise judgment.
Paraphrasing Oscar Wilde on the death of Dicken's character of Little Nell: you'd have to have a heart of stone not to laugh.

Finally! The Protest I've wanted to see.

My PhotoWell, one of them anyway.

One of my Kiwi friends lives in NYC and as a good Te Aro Valley girl she's pretty Left-wing, right down to her partner being an anarchist. A real one that is, who does everything he can to evade government rules without landing in jail, rather than all these Antifa poseurs. Funnily enough he's a Southie, shades of Good Will Hunting.

As such she was very much in tune with Bill deBlasio (C) as he ran for Mayor of NYC. Even so, I asked her why she could not have voted for some other Democrat than him? Could she not see that he was basically a grifter, leveraging his "Far Left" credentials to obtain more wealth for his family at the expense of getting any of his ideas in place (about the only good thing about him from my POV).

But no. DeBlasio was the dream brought to life.

And now here NYC is, in the middle of his freaking nightmare.

Here's Twitter video of a large crowd, stretching for 19 blocks, outside Gracie Mansion chanting for DeBlasio to resign. As the header has it, "If anything is gonna bring police and protesters together In NYC". Also found it on YouTube:


As one comment on that Twitter thread bluntly puts it:
He should resign. He has allowed more harm to come to NYC than any mayor in my lifetime
That's it in a nutshell.


Still, there's the "Doh" factor here; you elected a Far Left mouthpiece, what did you think was going to happen to your city? I wonder if she voted for him?

There were some people joking that the thousands of protesters were just there to pick up Chiara de Blasio, who had been arrested during a protest a couple of nights ago. Kids, eh! Although in this case deBlasio probably wished he was out there protesting himself!

I have not checked in with my friend to see if her support has wavered but I think it's fair to say that everyone of every stripe now hates de Blasio. The left are angry about him imposing a curfew. The Right (to the extent it even exists in NYC) and the centrists see the city dissolving into chaos, and de Blasio doing nothing.

The cops have long hated his guts as he flexed his Far left thinking and threw them to the wolves, even while they were getting assassinated in the streets. Is it any wonder that just the other day two "Progressive" lawyers were arrested for firebombing a police car. As well as another woman who threw a Molotov cocktail at a Police car with four cops inside.

Who needs Antifa when you've got ordinary citizens pulling this shit. The education system of the Far Left has done its job.

It got so bad that even fellow Democrat, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, has talked of trying to remove him as mayor.
“The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night.
...
You have 38,000 NYPD people; it is the largest police department in the United States of America. Use 38,000 people and protect property. Use the police, protect property and people. Look at the videos, it was a disgrace.
...
[I have the] option is to displace the mayor […] bring in the National Guard” [and] take over. However, I don’t think we’re at that point.
Well, not yet, Skippy. But the city has already had the shit kicked out of it by the fantastic incompetence of both deBlasio(C) and Cuomo (D) so you have to wonder where the breaking point is in terms of elections. What does it take to get the Democrats to lose in these places?

It would seem that YouTube has caught the same protest via MSM news channels but predictably they edited and chyroned the hell out of it to focus on the Floyd/BLM aspects while tastefully ignoring the later chants.

And along those lines, here's the Front Page of the NYT on the day after Manhattan got looted and trashed.

They're so far up the butthole of the Democrat Party and so focused on attacking Trump and exploiting the Floyd murder that even mass violence and looting in their own city could not overwhelm that objective. What a disgrace they are.

Still, they - and deBlasio - could not ignore it forever, not with incredible video of the looting going out on Social Media, like this: 
More businesses in New York City being looted tonight, many small businesses. The city leadership is FAILING!
And this.
Another night of Mayhem in NYC: Looters hit Zara until the cops arrive. Supervisor ( white shirt) confronts them & is thrown violently to the ground. Tell me again why these Officers put themselves through this? Can't be for the money.
So they did manage to squeak out a report, but even then they just had to put spin on it with the following headline, After Peaceful Protests, Looters Strike at Macy’s and Across Midtown

Yeah right! All of sudden people just went crazy for no reason at all, as if the Joker was in Gotham for real.
The looters tore off the plywood that boarded up Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square, swarming by the dozens inside to steal whatever they could find before being chased down by the police. Others smashed the windows at a Nike store, grabbing shirts, jeans and zip-up jackets. They crashed into a Coach store,ransacked a Bergdorf Goodman branch and destroyed scores of smaller storefronts along the way. 
The eruption of looting in the central business district of Manhattan — long an emblem of the New York’s stature and prowess — struck yet another blow to a city reeling from the nation’s worst coronavirus outbreak.
It's probably why Cuomo hit the roof. All his wealthy Manhattan "Liberal" friends suddenly felt things getting a little too close to their precious hides. Queens and Brooklyn can burn but Manhattan? Perish the thought.

I rarely read the NYT but I thought I'd look at the comments on that article to see what readers were saying and this comment had the most upticks:
This is what it looks like when a social movement dies in real time. The coverage in the NYT doesn't do justice to the sheer utter destruction in significant parts of the city - when you see it, it looks like war. People sitting comfortably in the suburbs have no problem justifying the criminality while playing woke on Twitter, but I'd love to see their reactions when its their communities that are being overrun, their neighbors' businesses are being looted and their streets are left burning. The protests are over and the message has been heard; at this point its just enabling criminality.

A TALE OF TWO MP'S AND DOUBLE STANDARDS

So National's Matt King shouts his parents to an anniversary dinner at Greens Restaurant in Paihia and to commemorate the event has a photograph taken of them at their table along with the waiter who served them ... and for his trouble he receives an official warning from the Police for breaking social distancing rules ... WTF ... a family bubble plus the waiter who had to enter the bubble to do his job.

To be compared with the Prime Minister who allows selfies to be taken as well as receiving hugs and kisses from strangers outside her bubble ... to paraphrase her ... don't welcome it but I can't stop them. Bullshit.   And the Police stand aside.

Apart from the double standards exhibited by the Police and I guess that's what happens to you as the local MP when you take on the odious Police Deputy Commissioner, Wally Haumaha, over his tacit approval of an illegal roadblock by Maori in the Far North stopping all traffic to Cape Reinga.  

New Zealand the way you've got it.

Updated ... I see the Minister for Unemployment has been outed for his failure to exercise social distancing.   I suspect we'll be waiting till the cows come home to see him cautioned by the Police.    Animal farm NZL style.

 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

JACINDA'S POODLE

It's now day X11 since the last Covid-19 case case was reported in NZL and all Jacinda can say is that we are on track to go to level 1 next Wednesday.   As Todd Muller rightly points out ... happy for 25,000 to gather at Eden Park next Wednesday ... why not today.   And he's not alone ... backed by the Deputy PM no less.   So much for cabinet solidarity and, more to the point, a vivid illustration of how toothless he is when push comes to shove.  

Some in the past have labelled Jacinda Winnies poodle.  No more, no longer.   Jacinda has called his bluff and WRP is left looking impotent.

Clearly Jacinda and her muppets don't care that in the intervening period another 7,000 Kiwis are likely to lose their jobs ... Jacinda has said that right now it's business as normal ... no it ain't but completely understandable from someone whose exposure to the real world is limited to wrapping up fish and chips.    After all, it can all be fixed by cracking up the money printing presses yet again.

Sad.

Updated ... National has just released a leaked Cabinet Committee paper which recommends that we should be at level 1 now.    The paper sets a benchmark for going to level 1 of 28 days since the last case of community transmission.   33 days have now passed so again I ask, why are we waiting?

Time it was upped to 2nd Degree Murder!

My PhotoThere are two pieces of new news regarding George Floyd, the Black man murdered by a thug in a blue shirt - otherwise known as a Minneapolis Police Officer - called Derek Chauvin.

Mr Chauvin and Mr Floyd are pictured here together in the pose that launched a thousand riots.


First up, it turns out that Mr Floyd did die of asphyxia as a result of having Chauvin's knee on his neck for eight minutes.
An independent autopsy ordered by George Floyd's family found his death was a "homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain," according to early findings from the examination released Monday.
The coroners hired by the family were Dr. Michael Baden, New York's medical examiner in 1978-79, and the University of Michigan Medical School's director of autopsy and forensic services, Dr. Allecia Wilson.

An earlier and admittedly preliminary report from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner -  clearly concerned to keep the local Police onside - had said that Floyd had:
 "other significant conditions," including "arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease, a fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use."
...
[but] also declared Floyd's death was a homicide caused by "a cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by law enforcement officer(s)."
I'm not familiar with the nuances of 2nd vs 3rd degree murder but the latter sounds like manslaughter and I can't accept that in this case. Chauvin had a history of reports against him by the public of using excessive force and to me it simply looks like he wanted to hurt Floyd. That falls short of 1st degree murder because there's no evidence that Chauvin deliberately set out to kill Floyd. But so what.

The second piece of news is that apparently Chauvin and Floyd may have known each other since they both worked shifts as security at the same nightclub, but nobody knows for sure. That news item also revealed another tell about Chauvin:
Chauvin “sometimes had a real short fuse,” Santamaria told ABC5. “He seemed afraid when there was an altercation. He always resorted to pulling out his mace and pepper spraying everyone right away, even when I felt it was unwarranted.”
One piece of information that has not made the MSM comes from this article by a former Florida Deputy Sheriff who took the time to actually read the Minneapolis Police Instructions on Use of Force, and it turns out that the knee to the neck was procedure, which is pretty bloody shocking:
According to the Minneapolis Police Policy Manual the restraint used was in policy and it also indicates that training is given to officers on the maneuver. 
According to the policy, a neck restraint can be used as a form of a “non-deadly option” and is defined as  “compressing one or both sides of a person’s neck with an arm or leg, without applying direct pressure to the trachea or airway (front of the neck).” 
Chauvin was applying pressure to the back and side of the neck and not in the front and appeared to be compliant with existing policy.
That may throw a big spanner in the gears of trying to convict this POS of anything, but since the Feds are getting involved there may be other charges that can be brought against him.

But sadly the key question here - at least based on all the riots occurring across the USA supposedly to get justice for Floyd - is whether this was racism on Chauvin's part.

No! It wasn't.

It was a Police Officer who acted like a thug and should have either been re-trained or dumped in desk work or just plain fired a long time ago. This was a Police Force that was not competent enough to do that or remove from its instruction manuals these sorts of use-of-force techniques.

The incompetence should not be a surprise as this is the same outfit that hired a guy called Mohamed Noor, who had immigrated to the US from Somalia and was therefore held up as a great example of diversity. He's currently serving time for 3rd degree murder, having panicked and shot a woman who approached his patrol car: the same woman who had called for a Police patrol to come to her place and investigate a possible prowler. So frightened was Noor, even after all his training, that he had to reach across his partner (who was not at all perturbed by her approach) in order to shoot at her through the driver's window. The city eventually paid $20 million to her family.

Competent police force my butt.

And in case you're wondering how deep the rot goes in Minneapolis:
The Floyd case has put the national spotlight back on Klobuchar’s days as a prosecutor, particularly as it became clear Derek Chauvin, the officer involved in Floyd’s death, was involved in the death of another citizen while Klobuchar was prosecutor. Chauvin was one of six officers who fired on and killed Wayne Reyes in 2006 after Reyes reportedly aimed a shotgun at police after stabbing his friend and girlfriend. 
Beyond that one case involving Chauvin, activists have pointed to more than two dozen other instances of police-caused citizen deaths which she did not take action on during her tenure. As the Floyd case percolates these instances seem to make Klobuchar even more toxic.
That would be Minneapolis Senator Amy Klobuchar (D), who was also running for the Democrat nomination for President.

No wonder the Biden campaign is turning away from her as the VP pick. Little wonder also that Democrats and their allies want to talk of nothing but racism - as usual.

AMERICA BURNS

The left blame Trump, the right, pointing to the federal nature of government, blames the Governors, the Governors blame the Mayors and so it goes on and all the while America riots and the memory of George Floyd is consumed in flames.   This is not a functioning society.

Problem is that that no matter the result of the November elections the fundamentals will not change.   America is hopelessly divided and will remain so until a leader of the likes of Truman or Kennedy or Reagan is found and I don't see that happening anytime soon.

This has grave implications for the the western world faced with an increasing bellicose China with Taiwan and Hongkong clearly in their sights as it looks to extend hegemony over the region.

Bliss it was in that dawn to be alive But to be young was very heaven.

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Hey Kids. What day is it?

It's RIOTING DAY.

When you've been locked down in your parent's home for two to three months without sex or fast food it's good to break free - and it's even better if you're breaking the law to do so.


Or even multiple laws, with the first to go being the ones you claimed were so important for the last two or three months, the Lockdown Wuhan Flu rules of social distancing, maintaining your "bubble" and so forth.


The trouble is when you allow a protest to turn into a riot, because riots take on a life of their own.

And that's when they start bouncing back at you.




Like this idiot, who apparently is a former reporter for the US Sports Network, ESPN - now unemployed. In these collected Tweets you can watch his progress from being just down on The Man on May 29, with "Burn that shit down" to May 31when he starts complaining about "they" had to be beaten back from the gates of his precious community. He's since deleted the Tweets but is still getting hammered on the forum.


Similarly this idiot was just super excited about it all at the start.



And then....


Life moves pretty fast! Eh Kathlyn?

And of course there are always the fringe groups looking to cash in on the action for a little bit of fundamental societal transformation. Twitter has - reluctantly - suspended this account.

I see that the propaganda organs of the Left have been hard at work trying to claim that all the pieces of White trash involved in these riots were White Nationalists/Supremacists - even Russians!!!! Which is rather strange when you consider all these Hollywood types throwing money at getting them out of jail. Are they closet White Supremacists?


And of course those do-gooders have another political message to deliver..


... because dominating the cities of Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, Oakland, Cleveland and many other cesspits of crime for decades apparently was not enough.

Finally, in some good news, there are these guys. In 1992 it was South Koreans on the rooftops of their stores during the Rodney King riots, but since then millions of Indians have immigrated to the USA and...



Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The Pandemic Road to Serfdom

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In a previous look at where Marxism sits nowadays in contemporary Western society I finished up with the question of where it was going inside its last great target, the USA.

To that end I found two interesting takes on that question.

First up, The Pandemic Road to Serfdom, which says our current troubles, like the great plagues of the Middle Ages, is going to have an effect, and posits two new classes: the New Oligarchs, and the Clerisy:
The oligarchic class now owns as much as 50% of world’s assets. Just five companies—Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft—account for over 20% of the market capitalization of the entire S&P 500 index.
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Known as the First Estate in pre-revolutionary France, the clerisy today is largely secular but consists of the key influencers in the media, academia, the upper bureaucracy and the ever-expanding “non-profit” sector.
 Okay, but so what? How are these new classes really going to benefit from our current troubles?
The new regime of social distancing, likely to remain influential for years to come, works most directly for the interests of the technologized oligarchy. The long-term decline of travel, convention, and traditional entertainment may mean disaster for millions of workers and many businesses, but it represents an enormous opportunity for those who can deliver food, goods, diversions, and experiences over the relative safety of digital networks. 
But as jobs are destroyed on Main Street, others, like those at well-positioned Amazon, are created by the hundreds of thousands. It is also a rosy new dawn for online collaboration applications like Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook Rooms, Microsoft Teams, and Slack, the fastest-growing business app on record.
And of course this will also drive the tech industry's consolidation, with firms like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon, controlling upwards of 80% of such key markets as search, social media, cloud computing, and computer operating systems. And the Clerisy is right beside them:
Like their Medieval counterparts in the old First Estate, members of today’s clerisy see their intrusions motivated not by self-interest but rather the good of society. They constitute “the privileged stratum,” as the French leftist Christophe Guilluy argues in his recent book Twilight of the Elites, operating from an assumption of “moral superiority” that justifies their right to instruct others.

Thomas Piketty refers to them as “The Brahmin Left”, or we could just call them The Fergusonians. They're quite the enablers of the Oligarchs and they fit right in with control of information resources:
Perhaps most concerning will be their ability to control all aspects of information as the last vestiges of local and small-town journalism face Covid-driven “extinction level” events. What is now left of the “legacy” media—the Atlantic, Time, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times—has fallen increasingly under their control.
They may as well have mentioned the New York Times, which survives only because it is owned by Mexican billionaire, Carlos Slim. And of course many people now get their news from Facebook and other Social Media sources.

As if all this was not bad enough, it is combined with the decline of the existing classes:
Millions of owners of small businesses have been devastated by the lockdowns, their lifetime investments allowed to turn to dust because the clerisy has declared them “non-essential” and hopes to keep them in lockdown well into the summer. 
Worse still, as the promise of becoming business owners and homeowners has faded—particularly for the young—many increasingly fall into the insecure “precariat” of gig and part-time workers. These modern-day serfs are suffering the most from the pandemic. Millions of low-wage workers in hospitality, retail, and restaurants have lost their jobs and possess only meager prospects of getting them back in the near- or even medium-term future. 
It should come as no surprise that the NASDAQ have coming roaring back with companies like Facebook, Google, Apple and others in the lead.

Still, there is the possibility that this disaster would actually encourage the development of good old-fashioned socialism in the USA, al la Bernie Sanders.

But there is another direction it could take, more likely because it has already been on this path in recent years, and it's pulled Bernie with it. It's the world of woke politics, it's beautifully suited to the Oligarchic Class and The Clerisy', it's what's really driving the US riots and I'll take a look at it in the next of these articles.

MAYBE JUST HAVE A LOOK AND THEN COMMENT?



While NZ five million souls are quivering in their homes, denied access to sunlight that well established natural cleanser,  apparently Climate Change or as the more mature recall Global Warming, is not the clear and present danger it was earlier in the year.
You know when Shaw and his Melon mates had to travel the world in electric Cars and Planes to discuss the coming apocalypse from creating CO2.

Well today on Kiwi Blog in a guest post,  Owen Jennings has some relevant comment on the actual danger that has The Melons and David Parker so worked up in their attempt to do to agriculture and horticulture, that you might have a minimal understanding about being the only bit  of the NZ economy that has largely survived the socialist full on attack from the Ardernearly "pratful of clowns",  to decimate and destroy it as well.

Please only comment after reading Jennings then actually attack that and leave the  messenger  out of it. Feeling grumpier than usual this morning after watching the world being destroyed live on TV.

The Penny Begins To Drop

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We usually think that the reason that laws are obeyed is that if they're not we're going to be punished in some way, starting with regulatory refusals and escalating all the way to the use of armed force by the Police.

Where you sit on that scale is entirely dependent upon the degree to which you are willing to cooperate with the law. The more you resist the State the worse it gets for you.

Certainly the Left, always under the yoke of opppression in our societies, feel all this keenly and thus yearn to be the ones with the power to enforce the laws they want. And in the last three months in New Zealand they've had their chance - and then some.

But in fact our entire system of law and order actually relies upon cooperation by we as a people, not on the State's use or threat of force. We cooperate because the alternative is anarchy of the most primitive sort, as we are now seeing in Minneapolis and other American cities. We cooperate because we collectively think it best to do so.

That theory also works from a utilitarian viewpoint; were we to choose not to obey a law or laws on a mass scale then there is no amount of Police that could stop it, at least not in a free society. In a Police State huge numbers of people can be controlled by very small numbers, but even to reach that point requires the people to be terrorised and murdered in large numbers for years to really have an effect, and the effect never lasts. Such regimes always collapse from the very conditions they enforce.

There was an interesting article published ten years ago in the depth of the GFC that pointed this out, at least from one perspective of financial problems, The Coming Middle-Class Anarchy:
True story: A retired couple I know, Brian and Ilsa, own a home in the Southwest. It’s a pretty house, right on the manicured golf course of their gated community (they’re crazy about golf).  
The only problem is, they bought the house near the top of the market in 2005, and now find themselves underwater. They’ve never missed a mortgage payment — Brian and Ilsa are the kind upright, not to say uptight 60-ish white semi-upper-middle-class couple who follow every rule, fill out every form, comply with every norm 
Brian and Ilsa are salt-of-the-earth people: They put four kids through college, they always paid their taxes. The last time Brian broke the law was in 1998: An illegal U-turn on a suburban street.
So they applied to the HAMP (Home Affordable Modification Program) program to help and after jumping through many paper hoops for three months they get approved. Then they get a letter from the bank saying that they don't qualify and on top of that, they owe backpayments for the months of reduced rent, plus interest. So they're depressed and pissed off - although as the writer says:
Now, up to this point, this is just another sob story of the Mortgage Mess—and as sob stories go, up to this point, it’s no big deal.
But then he goes on to point out that something else is going on here:
Brian and Ilsa — the nice upper-middle-class retired couple, who always follow the rules, and never ever break the law — who don’t even cheat on their golf scores — even when they’re playing alone (“Because if you cheat at golf, you’re only cheating yourself”) — have decided to give their bank the middle finger. 
They have essentially said, Fuckit. 
“We follow the rules, and look where that’s gotten us?” she says, furious and depressed. “Nowhere. They run us around, like lab rats in a cage."
They decide not to default but to simply keep paying the minimum and dare the bank to foreclose.
But Ilsa is quietly, constantly insisting that they stop paying the mortgage altogether: “Everybody else is doing it—so why shouldn’t we?” 
A terrible sentence, when a law-abiding citizen speaks it: Everybody else is doing it — so why don’t we?
Shades of what I wrote about in Middle Class Warfare, but I was also reminded of this while reading the following article by Elle at Homepaddock yesterday, Rules only for the rule-abiding:
Businesses are failing.
Jobs are being lost.
Diagnosis and treatment of serious illnesses have been delayed.
People have died and given birth alone.
Funerals, weddings and other gatherings have been restricted.
Rest home residents have been denied visits from family.
People have been prevented from worshiping, playing sport, celebrating and socializing with family and friends.
For more than two months we’ve been severely restricted in what we can do and where, with whom and when we choose to do it.
 
But thousands of people have been allowed to protest over the death of George Floyd.
That murder was atrocious but it’s no excuse for flouting the Level 2 rules by which  most of us, however unwillingly, have been abiding.
 
Black lives matter and so do all the lives and livelihoods of everyone else. 
If there is no risk from ignoring the rules for a protest, there is absolutely no excuse for keeping us at Level 2 where the rules are obviously only there to curtail the rule-abiding.
 Going back to the 2010 article:
TV has given us the illusion that anarchy is people rioting in the streets, smashing car windows and looting every store in sight. But there’s also the polite, quiet, far deadlier anarchy of the core citizenry — the upright citizenry — throwing in the towel and deciding it’s just not worth it anymore.
UPDATE:
Heh, when I talked of the Middle Class revolting I didn't mean this:
A pair of Brooklyn lawyers are facing federal charges for throwing a Molotov cocktail into a New York Police Department cruiser during riots following the death of George Floyd in police custody. 
Colinford Mattis, 32, a Princeton graduate and member of a New York community board, and Urooj Rahman, 31, a lawyer and Fordham alumnus who recently lost her job, were arrested and charged with attempting to damage or destroy law-enforcement vehicles on Saturday after a surveillance camera recorded the incident.

Monday, June 1, 2020

DOUBLE STANDARDS OR WOT

This is nothing to do with the rights or wrongs surrounding the death of George Floyd.   Rather its all about the credibility of the Ardern government.   In Auckland upwards of 1,000 marched down Queen Street to protest his death with no evidence of social distancing.   On TV1 News we saw in Wellington a reported 500 protesting in Parliament grounds with again, zilch evidence of social distancing.    In Parliament grounds FFS ... under the direct control of the Speaker.

Now last time I looked the Ardern government has limited gatherings to 100 with appropriate social distancing.  

So one rule for the Antifa inspired sheeple mob (OK, includes some genuine people) and one for the rest of us.   So why should we bother?   New Zealand the way you've got it.

MEMO TO TODD MULLER

Welcome to the big league Todd.    Not sure you needed telling but the MAGA hat issue (and we won't talk about the Michelle Obama flag) sez more about the sad state of media journalism than anything else.   You have attracted some criticism for not saying FU to the media.   On balance I think you were right in your observation that it was an unnecessary distraction.   You pick the fights that you can win.   This was not one of those ... it has become an article of faith for many in the media that Trump is the devil incarnate.   You can't win against that. 

On a much more positive note and I applaud your firm commitment to overturn Jacinda's ban on oil and gas extraction/exploration.   Her announcement was policy on the hoof bereft of any analysis designed solely to burnish her climate change credentials among the unthinking and gullable  ... virtue signalling at its worst.   It mattered not that the ban does nothing to reduce our Co2 emissions and costs jobs.   Our oil and gas requirements are what they are and will remain so.   What we can't produce locally will have to be imported from overseas at a cost.    I'm sure you're aware that the exploration companies will require some assurance that a future Labour/Greens administration won't just reinstate the ban before they commit to reinvesting in the industry.   That can be achieved by structuring permits that indemnify the holder against such action.

And kudos too for restating National's commitment to progressively raise the age of entitlement to NZ Superannuation.   This is being honest with the country in contrast to the ostrich like approach of the  CoL that we can carry on with NZS as is with no change.    If it were a moot before Covid-19 it certainly isn't now with the country in about to go into recession and the government having to borrow to fund operating costs.   Superannuates are one of the few cohorts to come through the pandemic relatively unscathed.  Many of us own are own homes, many of those homes are mortgage free, many of us still work, many of us have other income streams.    Put simply we are a protected species.   NZL can't stand aloof from what is happening around the world in respect of old age pension entitlements and pretend that NZS, as it is presently structured, is sustainable.  With people living and working longer it make sense to push out the retirement age in graduated steps well signaled in advance.    Others might argue for the imposition of means testing but that is political suicide on steroids.

You have announced help for small and medium size business to expand and take on new staff and that is entirely in accord with National Party philosophy of hand-ups over hand-outs.    Of course there are the purist Actoids who will cry foul ... their catch cry 'let them eat cake'.    They of course enjoy the advantage of being able to talk in slogans.    National has the responsibility to articulate detailed policy.   My attitude to ACT is probably akin to the RC view of other christian faiths ... described as 'separated brethren' with their hearts in the right place.

And good too your announcement that adjustments to the minimum wage will be put on hold as long as the country remains in recession.    That is being responsible.    You could actually make a case for pension/benefit payments to be frozen across the board as long as the country experiences minimal inflation but that might just be a bridge too far.   Nevertheless you can argue there should be no sacred cows as you work to get the books back into surplus and that has to be the focus.   We owe it to our future generations that they are not saddled with crippling debt.

And finally, forget any thought of a dalliance with a WRP led NZF Party.   Doing that you are playing his game and breathing oxygen into a corpse.   Post WRP and with a new leader in place some sort of accommodation might be possible but not now and certainly not for the September election.

Cheers

Sunday, May 31, 2020

INCONVENIENT QUESTION

Are we entitled to ask why is the Gummit so focused on opening the border with Oz where there are continuing numbers of  Covit-19 infections (and, by extension, Israel FFS) while Samoa and the Cook Islands (no infections ever), countries with whom we supposedly enjoy a special relationship and who are totally dependent on tourism, remain off the table.

So much for looking after our own.

Just askin.

Grooming the successor

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So now in the USA Democrat voters have three candidates to choose from for President:

- Senile Joe
- Creepy Joe
- Racist Joe

The last one has really turned on the taps of racist stupidity in the last week after his infamous "You Ain't Black" brain explosion about Blacks voting for the Republicans. This later led the host of the radio show on which Biden blurted this, Charlamagne tha God, to say that:
"Dems have to worry about voter depression, and that’s people staying home on Election Day because they just aren’t enthused by the candidate".
Not enthused you say? Really?

Racism, straight up.

For years now, Joe Biden has got away with gaffes and behaviour that's simply been dismissed as "Oh, that's just Joe" (chuckle).


And fortunately for America he'll likely continue to get away with this in his campaign for President.

His primary accuser, Tara Reade, is already finding out the Democrats and the MSM will only praise you if you make accusations against a Republican, otherwise you're the target, and you can look forward to being destroyed in the media.

It's been a bit of an eye-opener for more than just Ms Reade, as she openly wondered on Twitter why the MSM refused to interview or ask questions of Biden for days after her accusation surfaced. But she surely got the message when she started getting Tweets like the following from a prominent "feminist" attorney:

Nothing new here. Way back in 2008, in the notorious Right Wing magazine CounterPunch filed an article by Alt-Righter Alexander Cockburn, that really let Biden have it:
Biden is a notorious flapjaw. His vanity deludes him into believing that every word that drops from his mouth is minted in the golden currency of Pericles. Vanity is the most conspicuous characteristic of US Senators en bloc, nourished by deferential acolytes and often expressed in loutish sexual advances to staffers, interns and the like.  On more than one occasion CounterPunch's editors have listened to vivid accounts by the recipient of just such advances, this staffer of another senator being accosted by Biden in the well of the senate in the weeks immediately following his first wife's fatal car accident.
His behaviour is so well-known that even his supporters don't bother denying it:
... the [a former Secret Service] agent asserted that, "We had to cancel the VP Christmas get together at the Vice President's house because Biden would grope all of our wives and girlfriend's asses." The annual party was for agents and Navy personnel who were tasked with protecting the Biden family. 
"He would mess with every single woman or teen. It was horrible," the agent said. 
According to the source, a Secret Service agent once got suspended for a week in 2009 for shoving Biden after he cupped his girlfriend's breast while the couple was taking a photo with him. The situation got so heated, the source told Cassandra Fairbanks, that others had to step in to prevent the agent from hitting the then–Vice President.
Additionally, the agent claims that Biden would walk around the VP residence naked at night. "I mean, Stark naked... Weinstein level stuff,"
It's called being entitled.

And now a group has put together a video of years of Biden fondling young woman and little girls and overlaid on it a general talk by one Professor Anthony Zenkus who studies sexual violence. As a dedicated member of the Far Left Zenkus will probably be horrified at how his talk about boundaries and "grooming" is being applied to Biden, but the descriptions of what you're watching are brutally accurate.


Still, I don't think any of this will stop Biden being selected at the Democrat Convention as their Presidential candidate to face OrangeManBad. The DNC were more terrified of a True Believing Socialist than of credible accusations of sexual abuse, cognitive failure and racism and carried Biden over the line past Bernie Sanders in the primary campaign, so they're not going to give up on their man now. 

There has been talk of dropping in a last minute replacement, but if it's not any of the other failed primary candidates there would be hell to pay - especially from Bernie Supporters who would count it as a bigger cheat against them than Hillary's in 2016.

However, I doubt we will ever again hear the phrase, "Oh, that's just Joe!"

And just a reminder for our more TDS commentators who are determined to make a meal of Ford v Reade:


America is back in space

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After two weeks on the road catching up on various jobs, I got back home yesterday to find I was so bloody tired that I slept for ten hours and missed SpaceX's second attempt at launching astronauts to the ISS, which happened at about 7am this morning NZ Time.

And it all went swimmingly. After nine long years, America is back in space, and thanks to spreading the load beyond NASA to private companies, I don't think we're going to see another gap like that in US launching ever again.

In my previous article on this I made the point that the names for the ship-type and mission were a bit lame, but it seems the two astronauts on the flight decided to give their spacecraft a specific name, in line with the Apollo and Space Shuttle missions.  

They've named it Endeavour, after Captain Cook's famous vessel of exploration, and also because of Space Shuttle's Endeavour. Like those ships, this one is intended to be used multiple times.

You can watch 14 minutes of launch highlights here on the following YouTube clip, which runs from 24 seconds before launch to the separation of the second stage at 200km altitude and 27,000km/h.


After that, the Dragon is headed for the ISS, where it will dock at 10.27amEDT tomorrow morning (2:27am NZ time). If they keep to that schedule it means the docking will happen only ten minutes before the ISS and Dragon fly over NZ, though they will not be visible.

You can continue to watch the flight live here at SpaceX's website, as the Dragon chases after the ISS, steadily raising their altitude until they're ready to dock. The diagram below shows the overall approach.


And the next diagram shows all the little maneuvers they'll use in the final approach:


Amazing the things America can do even in the middle of a pandemic.