Israel 400 – Palestine 4

In the two years since Palestine have been sending rockets (6000+) over the wall into Israel they have killed 4 people.

In the three days since Israel launched attacks on Palestine they have killed 400.

Adam Thomson – All Blacks – Adidas

Adam Thomson and his Adidas hoodie

Adam Thompson is an All Black.

It is alleged he assaulted his girlfriend.

The All Blacks are sponsored by Adidas.

This is a good thing.

Adam Thomson appears in the Hastings District Court.

He wears an Adidas hoodie.

This is not a good thing.

Warners withdraws videos from YouTube

Warners and YouTube failed to come to an agreement that would “appropriately and fairly compensate recording artists, songwriters, labels and publishers for the value they provide”and as a consequence have demanded the withdrawal of their artists from YouTube.

YouTube has always been a great way to promote artists and thereby encourage music sales. My personal experience is a case in point.

I don’t listen to commercial radio. The only music referrals I get are from friends, and from reading magazines. Last Friday a friend rang to suggest we go to see Fleet Foxes in January. I hadn’t heard of them so went straight to YouTube, watched a few tracks and then promptly bought a ticket to the concert, and then on the Saturday a copy of their CD.

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Now, that artist just made a stack of money off me just by being on YouTube. For the sake of a few cents per view Warners may have potentially cut off income from the artists they are withdrawing.

Give and you shall receive…it actually works. Warners needs to learn this lesson.

National’s tax cuts will hurt the poor

Surprise, surprise. Finance Minister Bill English fesses up and admits that low paid New Zealanders would have been better off with Labour’s tax-cut policy.

According to the Radio New Zealand website:

Mr English has consistently argued (lied?) that no one will be worse off, but on Thursday conceded Labour’s changes to the lowest marginal tax rate would have done more for some low income workers than National’s tax cuts…

And what is more the Maori Party voted for the changes to the tax law!

Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell acknowledged the legislation will not help the majority of his constituents, and told Parliament it was difficult to accept those earning under $40,000 will receive no tax cut this year.

However, he defended his party’s support of the bill as honouring its confidence and supply agreement with National.

Very honourable. Shit on your people to save face with National. Nice.

Burger King and “Whopper Virgins”

This is the worst piece of viral marketing I’ve ever seen. A colleague sent this around work and not many could finish watching it. (The YouTube version is cut down from the full length movie which can be found here:

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It is so wrong on so many levels. It illustrates all that is bad about America – spreading obesity, spreading mass culture (bad mass culture) – it’s facile, patronising, and obscene.

The effort and cost that Burger King went to to corrupt these innocent “Whopper Virgins” gross, especially in a world of financial turmoil.

And these advertising wankers think that they are doing god’s work. How can they even take themselves seriously, or even accept money for doing this.

Please, please – boycott Burger King. Write to Burger King and tell them that this is unacceptable. Their address is:

Burger King NZ Ltd
6 Antares Place
Mairangi Bay
AUCKLAND, New Zealand


Youths arrested for taxi driver killing

Two youths have been arrested for the slaying of Christchurch taxi driver Abdulrahman Ikhtiari. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that this death, and attacks on other drivers, could have been prevented.

I heard drivers making all sorts of excuses for not installing perspex screens, or cameras in cars. The reality is that these foils work, and either reduce or eliminate attacks.

In Victoria, Australia, safety cameras in cabs are compulsory. This initiative was introduced in 2000 following comprehensive research that clearly showed that cameras were the most effective method to improve safety in taxis.

As well it is mandatory to have a polycarbonate protection screen fitted to a cab working between the hours of 10.00pm and 5.00am. The government will fund 50% of the cost of purchase and installation up to December 31 2008.

What are we doing here in New Zealand? Nothing.

We’re complaining that these initiatives cost too much, but at the expense of what? A man’s life, and potential income of those other drivers too scared to drive at night?

While some drivers complain, and the government does nothing, a widow and her five children are inconsolable in Christchurch. This is a family who have been through more than most, fleeing to New Zealand as refugees seeking a better life, only to be faced with immense loss and suffering.

The taxi company Mr Ikhtiari worked for has set up a trust fund for donations. You can donate here:

Rahman I Trust
ASB account 12 32400098055 00

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