Anne Tolley

Could have done with some more time in school. Is that really the top of John Key’s barrel? I’d hate to see the bottom!

The veiled threat (wasn’t it crude?) she made on Morning Report, re no info then no funding – reminded me of playground bullies. Roll on the age of enlightenment….

It’s been a while, but…..

Thanks to a spill on the old laptop, I was out of action for a while, plus which it has been a busy time. The new ‘lappy’ is much better in that it has a battery…. but feeding the 12-volt house supply to it will be a puzzler…..

The good, busy bit involved interviewing a couple of kiwi ‘icons’, for my column in Lifestyle Block / Growing Today magazine. No names yet – buy the September copy folks!   but it was a special day – I couldn’t help thinking about Maurice Shadbolt describing his “smash and grab raid on history”, talking of his interviews of Gallipoli veterans. I’m not in that class, but I felt a bit honoured, and regard the tapes as precious cargo. What I can actually scrunch down into a mere 1600 words, for general consumption, is another thing.

Sad to see the ODT / Chris Morris treatment of the Theresa Stephenson apology thing. Good investigative journalism would have done a comparative with the Personal Disclosure amentment process. Dropped ball, that man.

On a positive note, the last three Sundays with Chris Laidlaw, have been wee crackers. Eachone has touched on the real subject, and well. We have touched on carbon charges (but not the fact that there is insufficient ‘sink’ on the planet, for our current output) and on ‘overshoot’, with even more extreme proportions that I use. I typically speak of outstripping the planet’s ability to supply, by a factor of three. Either side of the equation, that there are three time the supportable number of people on the planet, or that we are using up things at three time the sustainable rate. The fellow Chris interviewed today talked of 6 to 8 times overshoot. Tack ‘doubling time’ into that and we are at the end, no question. We are now running up a ‘down’ escalator slower and slower, as it gets faster and faster. No way out of that model.

The next things he should tackle are : absolute, immutable limits (as in the RMA, and permanent ‘no-go’ areas), and population (both a top limit for NZ, and for the world).

I’ve got a trite wee letter to the (ODT) Editor in – I noticed that the invite to the upcoming DCC Forum has Jim Harland speaking first about growth initiatives, followed by Tony Avery explaining their approach to sustainability. Structural dyslexia? True cognitive dissonance? Or just the left hand / right hand thing?  Says it all, really, as my letter will, if it sees the light of day. It would be fascinating to see the rejection / acceptance proportions for letters about the Stadium, and the Theresa Stephenson spin-off. And, as importantly, their release timing. I noticed a flood of ‘anti-staduim letters, AFTER crucial decisions…… hard to know.

For the first time ever, I had an article taken unedited, although maybe the ‘Hvalsey Church’ one was ‘uncut’, but it was much shorter, 600 words vs 1100 this time, for the Lorax piece. Actually, when I think about it, the heading was changed: my original was simply : Who plays Lorax?    which I think better suits what I was on about, but then, the writer always thinks his/her words are the best! For out-of-Dunedin-ites, google ODT then ‘opinion’, then ‘vote Lorax for PM’…..

The next ones will be on whistleblowing, and on the structural failure of the University heirarchy structure. Hey, Im not known for picking on someone my own size…..everyone knows that…..

Wasn’t Key pathetic towards the end of the week – out come some slightly more negative results that expected (neither here nor there, really) but he troth out the same old – and proportionally inconsequential – ideas of ‘savings in bureaucracy’, da da da…..  He even sounded weasry. They must be struggling about now – a no-think ideology has just come up against reality, and the no-think people are now out of their depth. Surprise, surprise!

Interesting to see Earthrace joining Sea Shepherd – there is a very strong, very staunch Kiwi. It’s sort of the blue-collar version of what Sir Peter Blake was about. I’m very sure that physical largeness (sea, tundra, deserts, mountains) instills a mental largeness, whether because of it giving one a sense of personal insignificance, or a broad canvas on which to paint, I’m not sure. Maybe a combination. Go, that man.

TAKING A PUNT

So we’re going to put more ratepayer and taxpayer money into a good, long-term investment. We have a mandate for this, of course. Just as Chin has one in Dunedin, so Key and Banks have one in Auckland.

We appoint a small committee to run the City – part of NO manifesto. We then ‘buy’ a wharf, part taxpayer and part ratepayer – the latter effectively robbing Peter to pay Peter. Then we have a little stand-off as to who will add funds to this fait-accompli, but it doesn’t matter. Ordinary folk will pay, from either pocket. For what?

The Rugby World Cup. Whoopee. Is that a continuous thing perchance?  Ongoing income?  Guaranteed to bring the punters in? Heck, we even have a Minister for the thing.

Me, I look at the Peak Oil Monthly Update on The Oil Drum, and scratch my head.  Odds are good that the effects will be screwing in by then, I wouldn’t count on full crowds…….

And after?  Cruise ships. Good stuff, sounds like ordinary folk to me. Of course, the place will have to be cordoned off for security reasons, while the ships are there……sorry Joe Bloggs. You are allowed to fund it, just not allowed in. Not that you could afford the Campari-and-sodas even if you did.

The whole thing is a gigantic gamble, on a single sporting event, by central and local government, with no mandate. Vunder(the)baa….

Nick Smith, and the Insidious Creep……age

More ‘released comments’. Meaning the softening-up process continues. English is doing the same via Treasury. They seriously think the RMA and Conservation are the problems they face? They seriously think that even trashing those completely, will make one iota of difference?  Doubling (that thing that exponential growth does) is the problem. They cant physically double from here, and they will live to see that the attempt was stupid. Or have I mentioned this before?

Graeme Purches had a parallel effort in the ODT today, but he is exactly the Lorax problem – a paid tout, who has to be parried by voluntary effort. What his employer, and others, are doing to our OUR landscape, is just a local version of what Shell did to the locals in Nigeria, but doing it to us, on our collective behalfs.

We need to do the boycotting. It’s called: becoming a mature society. We are late. Or have I said this before……..

Rodney Hide Local Government Bill English Treasury

Surprised ? They all hang together. All three are on the magic carpet ride to nowhere. All think you can double what you do, an double it again, no sweat. All think there is enough resiliance in ‘the environment’, to somehow underwrite their ‘doublings’, even though their regime covers more than half the usabl planet. Makes you wonder, eh?  Stupid?  Arrogant?  Stupid and arrogant? Hard to tell. We can just hope that all the others dipping into the barrel at the same time, will keep them off base until the penny drops with the wider populace.

English is obviously letting his idas go via treasury, and waiting for feedback, before owning them. I guess that means we have to give him feedback!

At home, the windmill blew over last night!  It now has the obligatory buckled blade, and the authentic ‘cheep’ sound. The real McKoy. Jen is still recovering , I had a meeting ill 11 last night, and a good-samaritan job tomorrow. Sayonara, more tmrw, more in-depth.

separating optimism from money

On thinking about the cheerleader thing, what occurrs to me is that the constant association with money, is the problem with the feel-good thing. Upward, wealthier, upgrade, better off, never felt better, trade up, invest. all part of the sublimnal message. Folk are so brainwashed now, partly from the endless barrage of subliminal (and not so subliminal) advertising. If that consumption is stuffing the planet, though, you are not going to be better off, or any of the other phrases.

One of the reasons the media are a bit slow with this will be their reliance on the said advertising, for income. As was mentioned on the Laidlaw /Transition Towns thing on sunday, even the smart people who CAN see it coming, are hamstrung by the system they are functioning in. The optimists who can’t or won’t see it coming, are just further back again.

It s going to be a fascinating next couple of years. Given the depletion rates, it can’t be more. Obama (if he hasn’t been taken out by then) will have to get up and tell it lke it is. That will be an interesting day!  Simon Cunliffe (ace cheerleader) will be asked to buy me a coffee that day – free-trade of course…

Transition Towns / Laidlaw

Well done, that man. While the NZ media (and one in particular!) goes on a feel-good cheerleader rampage, Laidlaw quietly served up the goods. The descending energy ceiling, the fact that economies could only rev-up and hit it, each time lower – all there. You can only hope that out ‘pollies’ were listening. And our scribes. We are so desperately late, makes you wanna scream, all the ‘when we pull out of the recession stuff. At what point is it criminal? Ignorance is no excuse, chosen ignorance in conjunction with cheerleadery, is criminal.