Archive for June, 2007

HALT!

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You know what to do

Get down with your bad nazi selves

Fruit Loop Still at Large

Sue Bradford is at it again. Having just successfully shepherded through parliament the most unpopular bill of our time, and in so doing making criminals of at least half of adult New Zealanders, she’s drafting a bill to lower the voting age to 16.

Because 16 year-olds are totally mature enough to vote:

“At 16, young people can get married, have children, and be taxed. If we are serious about trying to get young peoples’ voices into the public arena and heard in places of power, they should be allowed to vote.”

I think that’s fairly hilarious. Once again, she manages to demonstrate a lack of touch with reality. 16 year olds need parental consent to be married. The ability to have children doesn’t exactly demonstrate a strong grasp of political savvy, not to mention that it’s genetic anyway. Also worthy of mention is that we tax everyone. Five year olds get taxed on their savings – should they vote too?

Better yet, this from a party that has successfully promoted and passed a bill regulating what food can be served in school tuck shops. So, they don’t trust them to choose healthy food on their own, but they’re responsible enough to vote?

But that’s different! Kid’s can’t be expected to fight through all that saturation advertising to make an informed decision on what actually is a healthy food! They’re victims!

How do you expect them to decipher political spin then? 

Aside from the initial shock and controversy this stirs up, I think the debate on this is going to be interesting. A few nations do have their voting ages set at 16, among them apparently Brazil and, as of last week, Austria.

The really interesting part, to me anyway, is that Bradford is tying compulsory Civic Education in schools into the bill. In principal that is actually something I would consider voting for. New Zealanders are tremendously under-informed on how our parliament works. I myself am pretty highly educated, with slightly more than a passing interest in politics, and I would say that I know very little on this subject.

There is bound to be some fierce debate around Civic Education. A lot of people are going to want politics kept out of school. I tend to agree with that, but I think as long as the syllabus focuses on the mechanisms of parliament rather than the parties then I think it’s fine.

I think that one possibly unnoticed benefit would be that it would open up young people more to the idea of a career in politics. This can only be good for the country as I believe that if a larger pool of candidates is available for election, that gives a likelihood of more gifted people in parliament. Who would argue that’s a bad thing?

It would certainly make it less likely that people like Bradford (who is in parliament on the Greens’ list vote, I believe) would get in.

All the more reason that the Greens piss me off. Again, an idea I would vote for teamed with something I would never permit. They just keep doing this to me.

If they would just get in touch with reality and realistically try and find common ground with both sides of the house they could really advance their aims. Instead they believe that they can only realise their objectives through regulation, thus ruling out any chance of working with National, leaving pretty much only Labour. No wonder Labour takes them for granted.

I would vote for them if I thought they might try and impliment their policies through sensible financial policies, rather than making lots of complicated rules with high compliance costs.

Seen on the Herald website:

Great idea, my only concern is, now I can’t smack them, how do I ensure they don’t vote for the fruit loops?”

I think that about sums it up.

RANT ENDS – NORMAL WEIRDNESS WILL RESUME SHORTLY

PSA: How To Remove a Bra with One Hand

bra.jpgEvery man should know how to do this. It’s a vital tool.

The suave among us already knew, of course, but it’s brilliantly presented.

“The bra is your enemy: It’s got what you want.”

What’s not shown is that, if you are so inclined, you can do back-fastening bras through most tops. I’m sure I’m not the only guy who has stood in line behind a hot girl and thought ‘wouldn’t it be funny if…’

Of course, that was when I was young and immature, not the sophisticated gent that I have blossomed into.

Oh, and I have seen this successfully done on my mate’s mum during a party at her house. She took it rather well, I have to say. I won’t say who’s mum, but he’s on my blogroll

Hat tip:  kiwiblog

Five Eateries

OOOoooo. Somehow Archie knows that I like food, and has tagged me with the Five Eateries Meme.

Five Places that I like to eat:

Burgerfuel
Bite and ignite! Gourmet burgers of an unsurpassed standard, in all shapes and sizes. Also very partial to their kumara chips. They’re a chain, and have stores throughout the North Island, and have also started up in Sydney.

Hell Pizza
So, so good. Brilliant gourmet pizza chain, with a great menu. Quite irreverent in their marketing. I dare you to resist a pizza called Lust. Also a chain, they’ve been expanding throughout the country.
Mai Thai
Really cool Thai restaurant on the corner of Albert and Victoria Streets in downtown Auckland. I’ve always eaten fantastically there.

Gumdiggers
A great old place in Hinemoa St, Birkenhead with a nod back to our colonial past. One of the main industries when this area was first settled was digging up kauri gum. This came from the roots of Kauri trees felled to allow the settlement of the land in large quantity. The food is an excellent selection of traditional kiwi fare, and my old neighbours waited there so the service is great.

The Blankenberge Belgian Beer Cafe
Located in Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna. Besides my well known liking for Belgian beer, this place does a great selection of traditional pub food. The bangers and mash is great, and I discovered I liked stoemp. Also highly recommend the Pot of Mussels.

I now have to come up with five people who won’t be horrifically offended by being tagged for this.

My good friend Mike of from the horizon has blogged (videoblogged!) about the food in Banda Aceh in the past, but has not mentioned eateries.
Stillettogirl obviously knows her way about the Washington restaurant scene.
Keeping it in the Antipodes, Nurse Myra must know a thing or two about food…
Metro, who can apparently forage for all he needs without leaving his spa, must surely be able to offer us some instruction,
and raincoaster because…well…she hates being tagged, and I like tweaking noses. Oh, and I hear there’s some good maple syrup in Atlantis or something. Or is that Chinatown, Vancouver. I forget.

Seriously, if I didn’t tweak someone’s nose today I might have exploded. YA RLY!

Hey – I feel pretty good now!