Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The New Future

Figured my Blog-O-Buddies would like to be updated with the latest goings-on in Iain World(tm).

As you know I'm going to India in December. Well, I'm not.

Yes, you heard it here first, folks. The India trip has been indefinately postponed until further notice.

Instead, my plan of attack will probably be to do an MTS next year at BCNZ. I'll be able to get Student Allowance since I won't be income tested on my parents after my 25th Birthday on December the 15th. What I will also do is work for some of the summer so that I don't have to increase my Student Loan to any higher, teetering heights.

The reason why I say "some of" the summer and not all of the summer is because I plan to take a holiday down in Christchurch to feel out the territory and experience some Cuz-Love. I'll probably get a good fix of my Paul-time and ingratiate myself into the sewing circle of Christchurch favourites such as Sharyn. I'll get to buy John that burger I promised him during elections, too.

I'm actually talking to Paul now on Skype and he's explaining a few things to me about potential Masters papers that I could take, either in Auckland or ChCh. Things are still up in the air about where I'll be based next year, but I don't have to answer all of my questions at once.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Guillotine or jumping off a cliff?

Don't you just hate those little questions that kids ask each other in the playground?

Ones like, "Would you rather die by baseball bat or being run over by a horse?"

I sure do.

I particularly hate it when that same question resurfaces years later in the form of the New Zealand General Election.

To be extremely Frank, Frankly speaking, I pretty much dislike every "viable" voting option at this point, to be quite Frank.

My thinking is very torn. My heart sways away from the minor parties at times, thinking that perhaps they don't do enough (with the exception of Jim Anderton :P) or achieve enough 'voting worth' as they make too many of their concessions in forming the next Government.

At times I dislike the idea of voting for the two big parties, due to my fear of things like a Brashean Strategic Deficit (giving fearsome slash-n-burn power) looming over the horizon and of course my eternal dislike of Helen.

Frankly, if I had to compile a preferred PM list, it would be empty.

About one week ago my choices were either National (large party choice) or UFNZ/Progressive (small party choices). Yes, I admit I only originally gave Progressive a look because Paul pointed me in their direction.

In terms of my possible National vote, I asked myself, is hating Helen enough?

Looking at the New Zealand Political landscape gave me pause for thought (compared to my own Ghandi-like status :D)... enough to cause me to go to a couple of websites and compare some party policies once and for all.

So perhaps the high-flying Greens wouldn't be so bad after all... except for the fact that I could probably replicate the practical outworking of their policies well enough by voting for other parties without suffering from any of their hangovers, erm, hangups.

Maybe Progressive? Then again, a current Parliamentary share of two seats doesn't inspire much confidence. If Jimmy can work magic like that, surely he'd be better working it under the auspices of an existing party? Maybe the United Progressive Outdoors Future New Zealand Party. Then again, he'd have to have a pretty big arm-wrestle with Mr Hero-Haircut himself for the place of top Dawg.

UFNZ? For some reason, I just sense a loss of integrity. Good on some levels, but if somebody is going to try and take my vote specifically as a Christian, then they sure as "hell" better make sure that they act accordingly. I mean, who expects reprobate to act any different? But the man of God should live transparently.

Ok, so what about my old potential... National. Well, after consideration of policy I actually realise that I can't vote for them in good conscience. I mean, I just don't agree with the actual way that they want to go about doing things. There isn't much to it. They aren't spawns of Satan or anything, I just make different choices. So I'll have to agree to disagree and vote elsewhere. Besides, hating Helen isn't really enough reason to actually vote for National.

Winston? HAHAhahaHAHAhaha

Oh dear...

That only leaves...


Monday, September 12, 2005

The media game

Politics is sure milking the transition into more complex forms of technology for their campaigning.

Gone are the days when MPs needed to actually speak to their constituents in person.

Here are the days of superbly funny ads by Nats mocking Labour.

Here is Labours attempt to reverse mock. Pretty funny.

Gone By Lunchtime

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The Indigenous New Zealand Camel

Weekly wage of a Single person over 25 receiving NZ's Unemployment Benefit plus working their maximum allowed limit without altering the benefit . . . $248.59

Weekly wage of an NZ Worker doing a 40 hour week at minimum wage . . . $380

Weekly wage of a man from Guiyu, China, who searches for scraps of things such as gold and copper by dipping waste circuit boards in acid . . . $14.70

The percent of the World's rich that the above NZ Beneficiary fits in . . . top 13%, richer than 5.2 Billion others.

The percent of the World's rich that the above NZ Worker fits in . . . top 11.8%, richer than 5.3 Billion others.

The percent of the World's rich that the above Chinese man fits in . . . top 67%, richer than 2 Billion others (who must earn less than NZ$700 a year).

Matthew 19
16Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?"
17"Why do you ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments."
18"Which ones?" the man inquired.
Jesus replied, " 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, 19honor your father and mother,'
and 'love your neighbor as yourself.'"
20"All these I have kept," the young man said. "What do I still lack?"
21Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
22When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

25When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, "Who then can be saved?"
26Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

A simple prayer

Come, Lord Jesus,

... but not yet.

Current Mood: Content with Life

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Translation of a conversation

"I KNOW that it is true"


"I believe that it is true and I'm not willing to concede that I could ever be wrong"