Posts by Craig Young

  • Hard News: These things we must now change,

    I also shudder to think what's on this website. I don't really want to look, given I'm about to have tea:

    http://www.uncensored.co.nz

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 517 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: These things we must now change, in reply to Alfie,

    Ah, there lies a tale. I've been keeping a close eye on the New Cons over the last year or so. Their Deputy Leader Eliot Ikilei has been barracking loudly for alt right activists like Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux under the colours of 'free speech" and Leader Leighton Baker even tried rabble rousing over 'sharia law' and Muslim immigration at one point. Nex minit.... they're suddenly horrified at the mosque terrorist tragedy.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 517 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: These things we must now change,

    As no-one has raised the subject of the large kangaroo thumping around next door, let's. The Aussies really need to clean their Augean* media and poltitical stables out. Unfortunately, it's too much to expect the Murdoch press chain to suddenly go financially (as opposed to ethically and professionally) bankrupt, but they do have an election over there two months from now.

    *One nice LGBT Australian FB poster said what an apt metaphor that was when I used it :)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 517 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: These things we must now change, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It was two Christchurch mosques that were attacked, Russell. We don't know whether there was any assistance from neofascist elements in the city itself. It would seem not, but was he in contact with any on 4chan, 8chan, "Kiwi Farms" and any of the other hatenet sites he frequented? That question remains to be answered.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 517 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: These things we must now change,

    Russell, thank you for an excellent commentary on the tragedy in Christchurch, but as a former inhabitant of that city, I have to say this. Yes, the city does have a white supremacist and right-wing extremist subculture. There used to be open interconnections between Christian Right pressure groups like the Integrity Centre, Coalition of Concerned Citizens and Concerned Parents Association and the New Zealand League of Rights, and a neofascist bookshop, Western Destiny, in Cathedral Square. It isn’t particularly large, and frankly, these individuals strike me as being from dysfunctional families with personal histories of violent criminality, educational failure, long-term unemployment and substance abuse. Ethnic minority community members and members of the Christchurch Jewish community have been assaulted and have had their shops vandalised for years. Denying that there is a problem is no substitute for what needs to be done now- which is to stamp out these tinpot mussolinis.

    Ian Wishart, the wretched “New Conservative” microparty and the vile conspiracist hacks at Uncensored also deserve to be on your damnation list.

    As for Stephen Berry, Lindsay Perigo and Milo Yiannopoulis, none of these sorry individuals speak for the New Zealand LGBT community. Berry and Perigo are objectivist libertarian dogmatist ideologues and Perigo seems particularly susceptible to fringe facile populist rhetoric without any faculty for critical inquiry and analysis. As for Milo Yiannopoulis, I hope he never sets foot within this country, nor should he ever be allowed to. I am ashamed to share a sexual orientation with them.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 517 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The korero we've been waiting…,

    I see Family First imported him, as I thought. The details are probably on their website…http://www.familyfirst.org.nz

    Ah. Nope, but it is here...: https://www.rhema.co.nz/shows-djs/days/item/10959-marijuana-debate

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 517 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The korero we've been waiting…,

    We're being visited by one Dr Ben Cort, associated with groups like Smart Approaches to Marijuana, funded by a conservative corporate called Coachella, which used to bankroll anti-LGBT organisations opposed to marriage equality and transgender rights.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 517 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The korero we've been waiting…,

    Fortunately, though, Newshub/Three News is not rating highly and Duncan Garnet's scale of influence is therefore probably circumscribed by this. Added to which, McCoskrie is serioisly isolated on this issue - none of the other New Zealand social conservative isual suspects share his 'reefer madness' obsession, although Family First is a cod in a sea of guppies insofar as those pressure groups are concerned. The problem is, the MagicTalk/Herald/Newshub axis gives him more publicity and less critical scrutiny than he deserves.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 517 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Always asking the wrong…,

    The prison abolitionist group People Against Prisons Aotearoa is holding a symposium on drug policy reform:
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1903/S00014/expert-panel-holding-public-discussion-of-drug-law-reform.htm

    The panel will be on the top floor of the Auckland Central Library from 1pm, on Sunday 3rd of March. MP Chlöe Swarbrick of the Green Party and Sandra Murray of the Cannabis Referendum Coalition will join PAPA Research Coordinator Ti Lamusse.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 517 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Always asking the wrong…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Why does the raving right have so much contempt for substantive representative democratic institutions? And the concept of a written constitution, too.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 517 posts Report Reply

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