The news, eh? What is it? Where do I find it? What do I do once I’ve caught it? Is it contagious? Already 2011 has been awful full of news, and with human-produced news levels at their highest point in recorded history, what can be done to prepare for the eventual catastrophe which everyone is certain is coming from somewhere soon?
Posts Tagged ‘John Key’
Quick! Everybody change partners! Switch it up! – Sarah Palin comes out in support of North Korea and David Cunliffe comes out in supports of not-quite-but-kind-of-privatisation-but-not-really. It’s like that movie, you know?
Back in August Paula Rebstock, a former commerce commission head and therefore the most appropriate person to make these sorts of life-and-death decisions, released her welfare working group’s issue paper which set us off like a firecracker in episode 50 (highlight here). Rebstock is back this week, with her group’s recommendations. Claiming our economy cannot support our society, she makes the dual mistake of forgetting that it’s our society that should come before our economy in that sentence, and that economies do tend to behave rather catastrophically when you base them on bullshit figures.
Prendegast’s campaign material showed photographs of her literally burning ratepayers’ money*, people voted in droves for her, and now Wellington’s through the roof at securing the rugby sevens in Wellington for another 6 years after she had earlier turned down the opportunity to host them permanently. You haven’t got a clue, have you? Meanwhile, local hero Terry Serepisos shares some get-rich-quick wisdom: Don’t pay your bills ever at all. And certainly not your tax, dummy.
Also: Why We Vote on a Wednesday. We being Americans and Wednesday being Tuesday because Dave’s mind is all wrong.
*Fireworks. I’m clever.
PRIORITY MAIL! OPEN IMMEDIATELY! WIN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS! TURN INTO A DOUCHEBAG! HANG AROUND IN WATERFRONT BARS! BECOME PRIME MINSTER!
BONUS: Hear us talk nicely about Pansy Wong two seconds before she was forced to resign. Dan’s been singing the praises of Brownlee all week since this.
In this episode we ask you to believe that we planned for a rant about war to come out around Armistice Day and that this episode isn’t just the random wafflings of a pair of Mark Corrigans that was going to happen anyway. Do it!
Hillary’s been here for a visit. Which was nice. Pity her country went completely to shit while she was away from it. Noam Chomsky has a yarn about shenanigans, Dan and Dave triumphantly enter parliament on visitor’s open day to check out the naughty chair. Also: q) what’s fun to do while drunk? a) almost anything but especially throwing things in the harbour.
We’re trying something out with the audio settings so that you can listen to us without pumping your volume to the max and then forget to reset it to a painless level when you go back to listening to your raps. Taken us, what, 82 episodes to figure that out? Not like anyone involved with this studied audio engineering or anything. Best podcast ever.
Darren Watson, Wellington blues icon and all ’round nice fella, swung by for a chat. DW’s never been afraid of speaking his mind on political issues, as anyone who’s seen him alter the lyrics mid-performance of blues numbers to ridicule National supporters can attest.
Darren’s new album “Saint Hilda’s Faithless Boy” is out November 1st on Red Rocks Records. Release parties are in Wellington on the 21st October at Ruby Lounge and in Auckland on the 23rd of October at Juice Bar.
Moral high ground on the Paul Henry debacle? Not us! We accidentally fill a whole episode with the sort of talk that everybody who is capable of thinking is thinking. Includes a contextual history lesson, thanks to Dan, which makes Paul Henry’s comments even stupider than they were before.