Riot 111 was a Wellington based anarhco-punk band formed by two political activists during the era of the anti-Springbok tour protests. The band played once played on the back of a truck outside the Avalon Studies building in the Hutt Valley when 'Radio with Pictures' refused to play this song due in part to its "inference and recreation of police violence"
For more about this local punk band from the early 80's see NZHistory.net
The world economy goes into a massive crisis, caused largely by the goings on in the finance sector. New Zealanders elect to power a government led by a former currency trader who made millions speculating on the New Zealand dollar.
Scientists tell us we must commit to a 40% reduction in climate changing emissions to stop the effects becoming irreversible. The government says we'll try a 10-15% reduction, and then opens up national parks and marine reserves for mining.
An OECD report comes out showing that New Zealand children are some of the most deprived in the developed world, and the big question the people ask is 'should it be ok to smack them?'
Makes you think...
Short answer? of course not, but this is a somewhat amusing video:
Of course, saying progressives favour capitalism could be disputed...
The government has made a deal with fast food giant McDonalds that will see young people receiving the unemployment benefit sent to jobs at McDonalds restaurants, and have their training subsidised by the taxpayer. Every beneficiary McDonald’s hires will get the company up to $16,000- the equivalent of about 8 months wages for a McDonalds worker.
Giving people low paying casualised jobs is not the solution to unemployment. This is not a scheme to help the unemployed, it is corporate welfare for a large corporation. As if paying minimum wage wasn't enough for them, McDonalds gets the state subsidising its wage bill, and WINZ acting as its HR department- McDonalds has an annual staff turn over rate of over 100% because of its low wages and horrendous working conditions.
Come to the picket, let the government know we want REAL JOBS, NOT McJobs and SOCIAL WELFARE NOT CORPORATE WELFARE
1pm, Wednesday (the 15th) outside WINZ High St, Christchurch Central
Organised by the Workers Rights Campaign.
Contact Byron firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon, Jun. 29th, 2009, 01:43 am
5 Good Reads
Between full-time study, part-time work and whenever-I-find-the-time activism, I don't have a lot of time for reading, and even less time for blogging. With more hours in the week I would probably read a lot more and write reviews of most of the books I read. But with the pressures of time, best I'm going to do for the moment are these five condensed reviews of books I've read in the past year or so.( mini-reviewsCollapse )