Posts by Tom Semmens

  • Speaker: What we think and how we vote,

    So National party voters are more likely to launch spittle flecked ideolological tirades than Labour ones? You only have to read David Farrar or listen to Mike Hoskings to know one side is still fully engaged in the class war.

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  • Hard News: DNC 2016: Beyond weird, most…,

    Probably by the Russians? I would say certainly. Trump's foreign policy in relation to Eastern Europe is popular in Moscow, and incidentially might just save us all from nuclear war.

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  • Speaker: Darkness in New York, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Errrr… 2010 called and it wants it’s outburst back.

    Tim Kaine is disaster because he represents a fundamentally conservative, status quo presidential candidate swerving back to an Overton “centre” defined by a media/political establishment who are now hopelessly out of touch with the mood of the electorate. Projecting an establishment safe pair of hands via a couple of aging white baby boomers won’t mobilise the young or marginalised blacks to vote. It certainly won’t appeal to Trump’s angry angry supporters who have seen their standard of living decline because of the very things Clinton champions like the TPPA and NAFTA. Whether it be Brexit and UKIP or Corbyn or Sanders or Trump or Le Pen people are showing a hunger for change, not continuity. And they don’t much care if the change agent is a neo-fascist or a socialist.

    Clinton’s biggest problem is her political baggage and her attachment to a neoliberal staus quo that is now provoking a populist uprising. She would have been a fine president eight years ago. She is now living in times that have passed her by.

    Kaine reinforces the feeling that Hillary represents a failed and passing political order, and Clinton is a hardline hawk who only offers endless war to boot. Working within a broken system and having excellent establishment credentials is just collaborating with a failed elite. Kaine offers nothing to change this narrative. He is an old white guy who simply echoes Clinton’s appeal. Clinton needed to pick someone who offered hope and a postive reason to vote for her.

    Whether you like or not, Trump is offering the losers from neoliberalism hope. He is saying vote for me and I’ll whack a 35% tariff on imported cars so they’ll be forced to make them in Detroit. I’ll get rid of all those Mexican workers whose wage competition has pushed you onto subsistance wages, and if Mexico complains to the WTO, well, President Trump will lead a strong America that will tell the WTO to fuck off. And to blindly patriotic Americans living in diminished circumstances that is a sweet, sweet message of change. And on foreign policy, whether or not you think he is a buddy of Putin his signalling that he’ll pull back from US committments to defend ex-Soviet satellite nations on the border of Russia who should never have been admitted to NATO in the first place is a badly needed reality check for an increasingly aggressive Germany and major injection of common sense into an inccreasingly reckless adventurism by NATO in eastern europe.

    I don’t want Trump to be president. But his rise points to the central problem, the decadence of the western political elites. If he makes it, it’ll be because a dessicated and out of touch political and media establishment that no longer responds to the interests of the voters has shown itself as no longer fit to even defeat a bouffant charlatan, let alone lead the country.

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  • Speaker: Darkness in New York,

    Clinton's VP pick is dull. Trump's odds just shortened.

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  • Speaker: Darkness in New York, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    The Electron wouldn’t make a very good ICBM – it uses liquid O2 as its oxidant and thus has to be fueled

    You weak peacenik! We’ll just keep the first strike option on the table. Our slogan will be “making NZ great in it's last twenty minutes”!

    Being serious though, the point of my post is the possibilty of a fascist America and an authoritarian and lawless China both equally bent of murderous adventurism makes for deeply unethusiastic options for allies. If Trump wins, that has serious implications for NZ. The New Zealand public would be extremely unlikely to support getting involved in any conflict between the USA and China. Trump has made it clear treaties are not worth the paper they are written on if he decides one partner isn’t sufficiently pulling its weight.

    The implications for NZ’s options are worth thinking about. Armed neutrality is one option, but that will cost a fortune and almost certainly require universal CMT.

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  • Hard News: RNC 2016: A literal shitshow,

    Speaking of wierd NZ links, this guy loves NZ and loves Trump.

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  • Speaker: Darkness in New York,

    So when push come to shove in the South China sea we’ll have the attractive option of taking sides with Trump’s America or the lawless butchers of Beijing?

    Time for CMT, a hundred billion on defence, putting a nuke on top of Rocket Labs electron rocket and declaring a bristling, heavily armed neutrality????

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit,

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  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…,

    Anyone who saw the anti-Dalai Lama, pro-Beijing rally in Aotea Square several years back would have realised then that unchecked Chinese immigration poses a considerable security risk to New Zealand. The fact is our government needs to be using it’s state media assets to counter Chinese government propaganda and ensure our new migrants become loyal citizens, rather than potential inmates of interment camps. But they won’t, because the invisible hand is stupid like that.

    I bet the GCSB and SIS don't even have Chinese speakers, but then you don't need to speak Chinese to spy on Greenpeace and Kim Dotcom.

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  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…,

    Anyone who saw the anti-Dalai Lama, pro-Beijing rally in Aotea Square several back has already realised that unchecked Chinese immigration poses a considerable security risk to New Zealand. The fact is our government needs to b

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