seriously, the guy has a point

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I got metaphorically spanked a couple of days ago. Folks have been talking about the Fearless Girl statue ever since it was dropped in Manhattan’s Financial District some five weeks ago.I have occasionally added a comment or two to some of the online discussions about the statue.

Recently most of the Fearless Girldiscussions have focused on the complaints by Arturo Di Modica, the sculptor who createdCharging Bull. He wantsFearless Girl removed, and that boy is taking a metric ton of shit for saying that. Here’s what I said that got me spanked:

The guy has a point.

This happened in maybe three different discussions over the last week or so. In each case I explained briefly why I believe Di Modica has a point (and I’ll explain it again in a bit), and for the most part folks either accepted my comments or ignored them. Which…

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May Day march for migrant and refugee rights announced

Migrant and Refugee Rights Campaign (Aotearoa/NZ)

The newly formed Migrant and Refugee Rights Campaign (MARRC) has called a march on May Day in Wellington Central. The march will call for improved rights for migrant and refugee workers.

“May Day has a long history of mobilisation for workers’ rights,” says Gayaal Iddamalgoda, a union lawyer and MARRC candidate for Wellington Central. “This year, given the international upsurge of divisive xenophobia, we are mobilising for the rights of migrant workers.”

“Some call for a cap on immigration,” continues Gayaal. “Rather than attempting to put the toothpaste back in the tube, we demand full rights for migrant workers.”

“What’s best for migrant workers is best for everyone. Migrant workers need a living wage, cheap high-quality housing, and the freedom to organise with other New Zealanders to improve their conditions.”

“We challenge Labour and the Greens to stand with us for migrant and refugee rights.”

The event will begin with…

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Aries New Moon, Lilith Trine Venus

Tara Greene,Tarot Reader, Astrology, Psychic and everything you need

March 27 The New Moon in ARIES is very VENUSIAN for a MARS ruled sign.

Aries New Moon Tara Greene astrology

Dream caused by the flight of a bee (1944) DALI

The first sign of the Zodiac marks a new cycle, a new beginning, starting now on thisDark Moon with VENUS RETROGRADE conjunct the SUN. Venus is NOT going totally underworld right now she is too high in declination. She is both morning and evening star now. We need to think on that.

LILITH the Dark Goddess in SAGITTARIUS trining Retro Venus in ARIES. 

Lilith governs all New or Dark moons and this brings an especially powerful element for all women to utilize Lilith’s KALI-like uncompromising energies. What isn’t loving towards a woman must go. No ifs and’s or buts about it. 

LILITH also squares the NORTH Node in VIRGO and the SOUTH NODE in PISCES

The fates are working their triple Goddess energies here…

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HRF Media Release: NZDF response to “Hit & Run”

Human Rights Foundation

It is obvious from yesterday’s briefing by the NZDF that there are two detailed versions of the events surrounding Operation Burnham; and they both can’t be true. That by itself is reason for an inquiry.

Although the NZDF has gone to great lengths to lay out an alternative scenario, it has to be remembered that none of those who spoke at the briefing were on the ground when these events took place. Whereas, the book details a quite different account of events as reported by SAS and PRT personnel in Baghlan Province at the time. It is entirely possible that NZDF HQ have not been told the true story – in other words, that a cover-up occurred not at HQ, but at the operational level.

Last week, the Human Rights Foundation got a long awaited Official Information response from the NZDF that for the first time acknowledged a civilian casualty…

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War and Climate change: two sides of the same coin

Off to Taranaki we go.

Auckland Peace Action

ipcc-report-climate-change-mitigation-fossil-fuels-coal-oil-decarbonization-unfccc-722x509THIS month in Taranaki, the annual Petroleum Summit is happening. This is a meeting of major oil and gas corporations with government ministers and officials to discuss current and new fossil fuel exploration. At this event, vast areas of land and sea will be offered up for exploration in the 2017 Block Offer.

In response to that, a large coalition has come together calling for a blockade of the Summit. Auckland Peace Action will be there blockading in solidarity with our allies and comrades in the Climate Justice Movement, because we see war and climate change as two side of the same coin.

Imperialism, war and oiL

Wars are primarily waged in order to acquire resources. With more resources, nations or groups become both richer and more powerful. All sorts of reasons are used to justify war, like terrorism, religious and ethnic differences, and territorial claims, but when the dust…

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This Is What Democracy Looks Like: Occupy NZ Media #BTB #ShowAndTell Coverage

Occupy Savvy

(This post is now complete. Please share far and wide. Thank you so much for supporting citizen journalism. All credit to Occupy New Zealand Media team. Redstar’s livestream footage of this event is available here.)

Saturday 21st July 2012 was another awesome day for NZ students; who used the opportunity of the ruling National Party Conference hosted at SkyCity Casino (yes, THAT Sky City…) to push their message that education cuts, privatisation and forced austerity measures were NOT going to be taken lying down.

They did a brilliant job of organising this public event, which had many new features including NLG-style Legal Observers, free ‘Red Square’ pins for everyone and a welcoming crew that approached & chatted with members of the public throughout the day. The level of thought that had gone into the event really impressed us.

Below is a People’s Media mash-up of photos, tweets &…

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