You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. —
(Source: ecosapienshow, via markscherz)
Moment of Truth -
If you care about democracy, about your right to privacy, about limitations to power, about sovereignty, and especially if you’re voting in the NZ General Election before 9pm Saturday 20 September, watch this.
Yes, IMP are using it as an election platform (though Laila Harre was very careful not to say ‘vote for me!’), and Kim Dotcom squeezed in a plug for his secure video conferencing program, but: Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Robert Amsterdam are all a little bigger than NZPol. What they each had to say about the GCSB and the TPPA, about #teamkey, Dirty Politics, surveillance, & - above all - democracy, are quite possibly the most important things you will hear all year.
Gotta love Robert Amsterdam talking about the way the ‘War on Terror’ is turning criminals - gangs of mean who go around kidnapping, and murdering, people - into to something bigger, effectively legitimising & enabling them, by constant over-reaction for political gain, & so making the world more dangerous for all of us.
This was at The Moment of Truth at the Auckland Town Hall, tonight (15 September 2014).
How can the government have the consent of the governed if [the governed] do not know what is going on? — Edward Snowden, live streamed at The Moment of Truth, Auckland Town Hall, 15 September 2014
It saddens me when I see people complain about state support for families; too busy blaming the parents to worry about the kids.
Here’s the thing: I believe we, as a country, are better than that. Together we can offer a hand to the most vulnerable in society, offer shelter and succour and so break the merciless cycle of poverty.
Looking stern, tut-tutting and expecting families to shift for themselves evidently isn’t working, so let’s try helping instead (which incidentally, has worked, historically and internationally).
New Zealand didn’t just stumble into a healthy democracy, we’ve long had to be prickly and watchful. Russians have spent the last decade saving up for beach holidays while their leaders gradually lost the plot and now it’s a horror show.
— Amos Chapple, photographer, as quoted in Steve Braunis’ Campaign Diary in Metro Magazine
Glenn Greenwald on TV3's The Nation 13 September 2014 -
Just what is the GCSB up to?