The TPP agreement, if approved, means the end of democracy as
a form or government and the beginning of oligarchy run by
corporate interests for sake of profit. All other interests
will by subordinate to this one. International corporations
hold no other allegiances than to their quarterly profit
reports. Jobs will be sacrificed, the environment will be
sacrificed, and health will be sacrificed on the altar of
profit. Taxpayers will be held hostage to the international
I've had a brief look at some of the plan. It is a large
document. Not surprising considering what it covers. I wonder
what parts Councilor Hilary Calvert found incomprehensible or
what sections should be left out? Should we just group
industrial, residential and rural together .. that would make
it shorter. Might make things a bit tricky implementing it,
but it would be fewer pages.
Or would it be better to have no rules at all ? If my bedroom
was on the 2nd story of my house , facing the street of
course, and partway up the side of a valley then I should be
able to build a 10m wall to stop prying eyes . Maybe curtains
would be cheaper .. but I want the option! I might live in a
residential area but I'm a hermit at heart. I want walls all
around. High walls, nice thick bluestone walls, with
electrified wires on top and motion activated spotlights,
maybe some high pressure hose to stop any ... graffiti
attempts. Who is this council to decide what I can do ?!
Seriously ... the fence height is unchanged. Most fences I
pass are 2m or less and many are much more than 40%
see-through. What's the big fuss?
Don't worry 'House'. Actually, the fellow was venturing an
opinion, as Harlene Hayne stated. What wasn't reported was
that she had asked for questions, not statements.
But we are beyond that point. Time to move on, and the
precautionary approach is the valid one. Even if this turned
out to be a mass scientific delusion, we'd still have every
litre of unburnt oil still available to burn. Nothing would
have been lost to humanity in the long term.
The only losers would have been short-term immediate gainers
- and every denier is inevitably one of those. That just
boils down to selfishness versus altruism.
The proof is that the denier types also usually deny the
Limits to Growth problem, deny fisheries depletion, deny any
restriction at all - even overpopulation. At that point we
have to disengage with them, as society has with tobacco
Typical of contrarians. They weren't there but have an
opinion on it. The audience were quite entitled to react the
way they did. Mr Foster (The contrarian) has had and has
ample venues for his opinions. He was off topic. The subject
was (given the scientific consensus IPCC etc) what can we do
about climate change? Sir Geoffrey's response was excellent.
Tautoko hardout! This is not only showing that patched
members of our country can do good but also show their
Obviously they are working hard on changing the views that
most New Zealanders have of gangs, and their opinions as
I saw that someone had posted negatively about Mr Epere
having to leave the gang and cut off from all other members
before having the contract signed,
well all due honesty it is not that simple.
So I support Mr Epere and what he is achieving - big
Hope that the rest of New Zealand will accept it and support
him too. This is a positive thing for our rangatahi to
see as well as be a part of.
I think it's madness. He is a current patched member. What on
earth is council doing? There's no way he'd get a liquor
licence out of council, so why this? BTW, everyone I've
spoken to about this just shake their heads in disbelief!