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Are we really all terrorists?

E Tu!This weekend marked the E tu! music festival here in Wellington. It was free and set up by caring people to shed more light on the amendment to the Terrorism Suppression Act that is being worked on by the New Zealand government. Recently a few people got arrested and were almost tried under that act. Some of these people were docile local activists who got dragged out of their houses at gunpoint, because of alleged associations with a “terrorist” who was planning acts of violence against the people of New Zealand.

In short, a lot of hoo-haa over small change, but people got put in jail and their lives and reputations were severely damaged. The New Zealand press also jumped onto the whole affair like vultures. Big scary headlines, and even a New Zealand flag with an AK-47 machine gun on it in the NZ Herald. I could almost feel our mothers trembling, their children hiding under their skirts.

So just to make sure that people think before they fall into the same trap of “fear justifies all” as in other countries, a nice community gathering was set up. People talked, listened to music, and enjoyed their civil liberties just that little bit more than usual. It once more made clear that if we want to survive as a community, we have to act like one.

PS.: I’ve only just noticed – call me thick – that the E tu! logo has two German SS logos behind it. I must say, that’s a pretty low blow. If you ask me, you don’t fight ignorance with ignorance.

Why hardcore shopping should be forbidden

Traffic Jam

Auckland shoppers cause motorway chaos

08 June 2006

The country’s largest shopping centre opened in Auckland today and immediately created traffic chaos on the southern motorway.

Bargains, including a 36cm colour television for $49.95, and a brand name cordless jug and toaster for $30, sent thousands of shoppers to the Sylvia Park Mall in Mt Wellington, near the southern motorway.

Within an hour or so the roads were unable to cope with traffic volumes.

The southern motorway was gridlocked. Police closed two motorway off ramps leading into the complex and advised motorists to avoid the area completely or delay their trip as long as they could.

Link to article

I can’t even imagine what the inside of that mall must have looked like. A blimmin’ riot, that’s what. Also it’s usually at times like these that zombie epidemics break out with disastrous results. Loonies!

It doesn’t happen here. But it’s happening now.

Amnesty - Not Here, But Now

With this gripping ad campaign Amnesty International of Switzerland wants to make people conscious about the fact that human rights are violated on a daily basis in different parts of the world. The slogan on the posters translates to It doesn’t happen here. But it’s happening now. It’s not an abstraction for the people involved. For them it’s harsh reality. The campaign is running now in cities across Switzerland and will end on 23 June.

More on the Swiss site of Amnesty International: French, German or Italian.

Beautiful spam from far away places

On 7/06/2006, at 9:35 AM, Rudolph Banks <> wrote:

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oil shark Non-prussian mid-lobe

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And I was grateful. Maybe one day I’ll reply.


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Dark Was The Night

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