Ferguson, the SIS, IS & Kōhanga Reo: signs of an incoming storm for the 1%

Brilliant post. Read, weep, act.
“Your choice is not who you will vote for, if you should write that submission or if you should run for office. You are not safe here in a benign backwater country. At best, you are just hiding in the wardrobe as the house burns. You will not be left alone, they are coming for you. So your choice is simple: are you one of the One Percent; or are you one of the 99 Percent who are coming to tear down these temples, edifices and facades?

Today, as the storm clouds roll in, gigantic and implacable, harbinger of revolution; dance with me in the first showers of rain, for anger is a gift.”

First We Take Manhattan

It’s been a bad news week so far.

The Ferguson Grand Jury has decided that Darren Wilson, the US policeman who shot an unarmed black youth, Michael Brown, will not stand trial for that shooting. This has led to two nights of community protests that have been caricatured as ‘riots’ and ‘looting’ by mainstream media, who have willfully ignored the hyper-violence of the police to the community.

The inquiry into allegations that the SIS was used for political gain by the National Party has found “incomplete, inaccurate and misleading information in response to an Official Information Act request by blogger Cameron Slater.” That information was, of course, used to slander Phil Goff during the 2011 election campaign. At the very least it is clear that despite the hamstrung Terms of Reference, the report found evidence that implies there is a slander machine in the PM’s office and was an unsavory…

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Author: Makere

A Maori/Scots New Zealander transplanted to Canada. Grandmother, academic, indigenous scholar, sometime singer, sometime activist, who cares passionately about our world.