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 ‘Wellington’
Nobody knows exactly when we will next get to vote. It could be thrust upon us at a moment’s notice. You could be at home, you could be at work. You could be out, it might be dark, you could well be drunk. So it pays to think CONSTANTLY about how you’d vote or else you might get caught out and end up voting for the wrong people in a kind of panic. In this episode we moan about there basically being nobody to vote for, identify who we think are the “Most Egonomist MPs”, Dan outlines precisely what it will take to get him to vote Green, and Dave reminisces about ripping off his shoddy neighbor‘s unsecured wireless internet.
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.
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.
Bit of a busy weekend so I haven’t had a chance to listen back to this one yet, but better get something out before you all forget we exist. Will add in tags and a blurb later on.
update: HEY! well it turns out we talked about ACT again! Specifically David Garret and his online dating conquests, among other things. Hurrah.
Given that right wingers seem to be perfectly capable of destroying themselves, we devote our attention to attacking people we actually kind of like; Hippies, Hippy Councilors and The Kids.
The Christchurch Earthquake is serious business and has had a huge impact on the lives of the residents, BUT: as with any news event there are peripheral political, financial and media fuck-ups that make up the bread and butter of this podcast. So, with our full sympathies going out to the victims of this horrible event, let’s commence with the piss-taking…