Archive for May, 2009

May 21st

New Site

I have set up a new site. This blog will no longer be updated. Please change your bookmarks and RSS subscriptions to: http://julianpistorius.com/journal/...
May 12th

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Not PC on Mt Albert issues

Read what Peter Cresswell says about the issues facing Mt Albert, and what should be done about them: http://pc.blogspot.com/2009/05/vote-julian-p-in-mt-albert.html

News Flash: I am the Libertarianz candidate for the Mt Albert by-election!

Here's the press release: http://www.libertarianz.org.nz/?libzpr=588 Libz Announce Candidate For Mt Albert Libertarianz spokesman Julian Pistorius has been nominated by his party...

Archive for November, 2008

November 4th

Vote like you mean it!

(Taken from the latest Libertarianz members newsletter ) By Bernard Darnton What sort of country do you want to live in? Every action you take, everyday, helps determine what sort of...

Archive for October, 2008

October 31st

Science, not slogans

The Viscount Monckton takes on McCain over for his global warming policy, and in the process clearly explains why the global warming panic is irrational:...
October 27th

Fascism, Aussie-style

Here's a question I've been pondering tonight: How devoid of morals, and ignorant of both economics and logic do you have to be to qualify as 'the leader' of Australia? The answer: Very...
October 23rd

Our financial crisis, and what really caused it

Economist George Reisman exposes the bastards who managed to screw up the world: http://georgereisman.com/blog/2008/10/myth-that-laissez-faire-is-responsible.html As PC says : "He's...

Archive for August, 2008

August 31st

Bad tidings in Minnesota

It seems the American government is riding roughshod over individual rights in Minnesota in what seems to be an effort to squash political protests. These links were just sent to me by a friend in...

'Taxes capable of causing injury', not allowed on planes

Taxes are listed as a prohibited item, capable of causing injury, on Ryanair's website , and you can't take them on one of their airplanes: (Click on the image for a screenshot of...

Archive for July, 2008

July 30th

Spammers are using my domain name

I've suddenly received a flood of returned emails which indicate that somebody is forging email headers to pretend that the spam is being sent from an '@julianpistorius.com' email address. If...
July 21st

Orwell on pacifists

This from the man who wrote 1984: "The majority of pacifists either belong to obscure religious sects or are simply humanitarians who object to taking life and prefer not to follow their...

This blog will be migrated and possibly decommissioned

If anybody is still checking this blog, I will be migrating it to a new blog engine, and a new server, in the near future. The original purpose of this blog was to document my election...

An Appeal to Reason - for those who are willing to listen

I've just finished reading Nigel Lawson's An Appeal to Reason. I am seriously considering buying a bunch of these books and posting copies to my friends and family who believe in the Anthropogenic...

Archive for December, 2007

December 11th

Neanderton accidentally speaks the truth

http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/1316907/1500456 "In a report released on Wednesday the ombudsman is critical of the way the potential health risks from the spraying were communicated. But...

American Atheists: There is hope yet

http://www.economist.com/displayStory.cfm?story_id=10277230&fsrc=RSS "According to figures compiled by the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), almost 30m people claimed "no...
December 8th

Toddler's daubs hailed as great art

A friend sent me this link: Toddler fools the art world into buying his tomato ketchup paintings And this is the online gallery the article mentions. It's funny, and sad. The world...
December 2nd

My little sister's play

My little sister, Caren, is performing in her first play this week: http://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=LOSER07 Jasmine and I will be there for the Saturday performance....

Archive for November, 2007

November 20th

There is no free speech under a tyrant

Reproduced from PC's Blog : If it moves, they've taxed it. If it keeps moving, they've regulated it. When it stops moving, they've subsidised it. If they don't like it they've banned it,...
November 8th

60 and 70s fashion - Mama Mia!

See here: Sixties and Seventies I don't remember these - I was too young, but I've seen photos of my mum wearing things like these! :) Why have people stopped...

Archive for October, 2007

October 8th

Bore's baloney battered in British court

Reproduced from PC's blog : Bore's baloney battered in British court Most of you have probably already heard that a British High court found last week, to put...

Archive for September, 2007

September 26th

Zimbabwe 'localises' foreign firms

This is something straight out of Atlas Shrugged. *shakes head* For localise, read pillage, steal and nationalise: Zimbabwe's ruling party has pushed a bill through parliament giving local...
September 7th

Islam v Christianity: Whose God is greater?

Saw this on PC's blog . The Daily Show hosting a debate about whose god is greater - Muslims or Christians:...
September 6th

SOLO Op-ed: Public Health Care Is The Root of All Tyranny

Well, not all tyranny, but it is at the root of some of the most totalitarian legislation and the New Zealand government's most pervasive interference in our lives recently, says SOLO (Sense of...
September 5th

Kiwis: Vote nuclear!

There is a poll on the TVNZ website: Should NZ look towards nuclear power for future energy needs? http://tvnz.co.nz/view/news_index_skin/news_index_group As I write this, it's:...

Archive for July, 2007

July 27th

New Zealand's politicians are a joke

Archive for April, 2007

April 23rd

You have to know Afrikaans...

This one is for all my South African friends. :)
April 18th

Baby bronze whaler shark

My girlfriend caught it, while we were out on a friend's boat. This little shark was about 60cm long, and had an amazingly strong whip of a tail. Don't fret my dear...

Archive for March, 2007

March 29th

In Defense of Income Inequality

Income inequality - you know that "widening gap" between the rich and the so-called poor. You've probably come across it often. Income inequality is usually touted as one of the scourges of our...
March 28th

Is your toilet paper government approved?

David Joffe points out this ludicrous story from South Africa: "Toilets come in all shapes and sizes, but not many people know that the law states that every roll of one-ply tissue must have...
March 15th

March against anti-smacking bill!

Mitch Lees is organising a protest march against the government over Sue Bradford's anti-smacking bill. Read more here: http://www.solopassion.com/blog/546 You can email him at...
March 14th

Give Yourselves a Smack NZ, You Voted For It

Give Yourselves a Smack NZ, You Voted For It Thursday, 15 March 2007, 9:28 am Press Release: Libertarianz Party PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Social Welfare Give Yourselves a...

Archive for February, 2007

February 24th

Looks like public access to private land scuppered

It looks like the government bullies will have to tuck their tails between their legs over this one: http://www.stuff.co.nz/3972181a10.html Queen's Chain plan to be axed The...
February 22nd

Steve Jobs bashes Teacher Unions

Apple CEO and co-founder, Steve Jobs, has fired a shot across the bows of teacher unions. In a speech at the Texas Public Education Reform Foundation, he took the unions to task for crippling...

Friend threatened and mugged

A dear friend whom I have known since university, was mugged about a week ago. Read his disturbing, yet all too common story, as well as some insights he has on the culture of crime in South...

Rich and grumpy?

Wow, almost two months with no posts from me. Quite a holiday I took there. :) Thank you for your patience. "Upon meeting the wave of English immigrants in the 1970s, Australians dubbed...

Archive for December, 2006

December 22nd

Alex Epstein: The Meaning of New Year's Resolutions

I just read a great article by ARI's Alex Epstein, about why New Year's resolutions are important: http://www.solopassion.com/node/2071
December 20th

Freedom for Robots?

(Update, 18 April 2011: Fixed links to point to The Wayback Machine versions, as the original ones are no longer visible.) In the future, would your robots demand individual rights, and...

Santa, the bureaucrat

Santa's coming. Have you filled in your official Santa's Visit Application form? That's right. Health and safety regulations have made the traditional impromptu visit by Santa unacceptable....
December 13th

Billboards (updated with replies)

As a result of this: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/print.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10415146 I sent this: To: [email protected] , [email protected] ,...
December 10th

"UN downgrades man's impact on the climate"

So, apparently the scientists at the UN have reassessed the impact humans have on global warming: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/12/10/nclimate10.xml It is...

Archive for November, 2006

November 29th

Bullshit and jelly beans

I'll be going to PC's Christmas bash this Friday: http://pc.blogspot.com/2006/11/bullshit-and-jellybeans-and-you.html All readers of PC's blog are invited. I'm driving from Kerikeri,...
November 27th

For the rational environmentalist in your life...

Not sure what to get that environmentalist in your life? Try this: I'm an environmentalist, but... (Thanks Duncan )
November 23rd

Gore's global warming gumph

From PC's blog: "Al Gore's film may have inadvertently done us all a favour: by making itself a home for all the main global warming nostrums and a lightning rod for global warming enthusiasm...
November 21st

Drugs and submarines

No, I'm not talking about a Beatles song. Submarine with cocaine seized off Costa Rica Makeshift vessel carrying 3 tons of drugs en route from Colombia to U.S....
November 20th

Perigo and Brash on Greg Carvell

Lindsay Perigo had a great show on Radio Pacific this morning. He is currently filling the weekday breakfast slot from 6am to 9am. He spoke to Mayor of Auckland, Dick Hubbard, about the...
November 15th

Capitalism is good for forests

PC posted a good piece about how richer countries are increasing their forest cover: "That's right: as countries get wealthier and as technologies improve, there is less pressure on forests....

Peak Oil theory dismissed

From Slashdot : Report Blasts "Peak Oil" Theory "Today, the Cambridge Energy Research Associates released a report dismissing the Peak Oil theory , suggesting that world oil...
November 13th

Perigo on Pacific

Lindsay Perigo is doing John Bank's breakfast show on Radio Pacific, 6am - 9am, Nov 13 - Dec 8 You can listen to it online: http://www.radiopacific.co.nz/ (Update: That's 6-9, not...
November 6th

Commencement address by Steve Jobs

A good speech by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple: http://tillthend0.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!B92B8B0496E1EBFC!258.entry
November 5th

Comments closed on old posts due to spam

I have closed comments on old posts, as I was getting spammed quite badly. I will install different blogging software at some stage, with some better spam protection.
November 1st

Jasmine's art exhibition

Jasmine, my girlfriend, is having an art exhibition. The opening night is on Tuesday, 7th November. It will be running until the 24th of November. Here is the poster: Anybody keen...

Archive for October, 2006

October 29th

Your free speech is in danger!

Liberty Scott weighs in on Labour's latest plan to force you to pay for their future election campaigns: Having happily used your money, extracted from you by force, to fund a key part of...
October 27th

Defending the free speech of hate-spewing morons

Scrubone, a blogger on Halfdone, seems to be taking Bernard Darnton to task for defending the right to free speech of neo-nazis:...
October 25th

Two new sites for freedom

Now that his court case has been nixed by retrospective legislation, Bernard Darnton, leader of Libertarianz, has started a new project dedicated to the defense of free speech:...

Philosophical health check

"Is your thinking up to scratch? Take our philosophical health check to find out." http://www.philosophersnet.com/games/check.htm My Score: Tension Quotient = 0% The average...

Nanny wants your cream bun

According to the NZ Herald: Health officials target workplace vending machines Thursday October 26, 2006 By Errol Kiong Workplace food-vending machines are the next target in the...
October 18th

Perigo on Live, Friday and Monday

Lindsay Perigo will be on Radio Live, standing in for Willie Jackson and John Tamihere. Friday: 12pm - 3pm Monday: 2pm - 6pm If you can't get the station on radio, try the internet...

"No Royal Assent to Electoral Act Violations"

I have just read and signed the online petition "No Royal Assent to Electoral Act Violations" at http://www.PetitionOnline.com/nzgg/ The Petition asks the Governor-General to refuse giving...
October 17th

Banana Republic Day

http://www.darntonvsclark.org/2006/10/18/banana-republic-day/ From Bernard Darnton's site: "Libertarianz will be marking New Zealand's transition from a land of constitutionally...
October 12th

Mugabe-style tactics of environmentalists challenged by farmers

This striking quote from The Press today: "Kokshoorn yesterday likened the SNA policy to a Robert Mugabe-style land grab that created huge uncertainty for farmers." Absolutely. It is...

Labour Party pledge card for sale

:) What a lark. It looks like Helen Clark's infamous pledge card is for sale: http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=73761184 All proceeds will be going to a good...

Archive for September, 2006

September 26th

Creeping Sharia?

From Deutsche Welle : German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble called the decision "crazy" and producer Hans Neuenfels protested, but Mozart's "Idomeneo" will not be performed at the...
September 24th

VRWCNZ - "Pay It Back"

A shady group of rebels have put together a video with a catchy tune which makes the message clear: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zg3cRnrioSA I see a red card and they got to pay it...

Perigo debating Maori racism

Lindsay Perigo was on TV on Saturday, on Willie Jackson's Eye to Eye show. The topic of the debate was: Can Maori be Racist? It was a brilliant show, and Linz stood his own against Tariana Turia...
September 21st

Michael Laws on bFM

While I'm linking to bFM, listen to this absolutely brilliant interview with Michael Laws. He was interviewed by somebody called Kim, and she asked him to defend his "fat brown slug" comment...

Simon Pound interviews Shane Cave from Transparency International

From http://www.95bfm.com/default,26408,simon_pound_and_shane_cave.sm The government has mooted the possibility of passing retrospective legislation to legitimise up to $800,000 of extra...
September 18th

Lost comments

Sorry, just a quick a service message. I accidentally deleted a few comments while overzealously killing some spam a few days ago. In particular, a woman (I think) had written a message starting...

Darnton on bFM

This is an interview which Noelle McCarthy from bFM had with Bernard about a week ago: http://www.95bfm.com/default,25260,noelle_mccarthy_and_bernard_darnton.sm

Fighting the good fight

Today, I would like to honour two exceptional individuals. Oriana Fallaci, who fought against fascism in her youth, and most recently, fought the tide of intolerant Islam sweeping Europe, and...
September 12th

Perigo and Darnton on Pacific

Summary: * National has nothing to do with this. * This action was taken to ensure that future governments can't take liberties like this again, and to show them that they are not above the...
September 10th

Darnton talks to Paul Holmes

Bernard Darnton talks to Paul Holmes on Newstalk ZB about his court case : http://www.julianpistorius.com/audio/darnton-zb-911.mp3 He was also on Radio Pacific, talking to John...

Archive for August, 2006

August 30th

Our corrupt politicians, and constitutional ramifications

John Bishop takes on Labour about the money they stole from you to buy your votes: Over the line - constitutionally One of the lines that the Labour Party has been running about...

Michael Bassett on Helen Clark's "sleaze"

In the Dominion Post, Dr. Michael Bassett, respected historian and erstwhile Labour minister, raps Helen Clark over the knuckles for her handling of the pledge card corruption: The $446,000...
August 29th

Monthly Northland Libz gathering

This Friday, it's the 1st of September, the first day of spring, the first Friday of the month, and therefore also the monthly Northland Libertarianz meeting. It will be at our usual haunt, the...
August 28th

Mike Moore toes the line

Mike Moore had a go at Labour in the Herald the other day: http://www.darntonvsclark.org/2006/08/21/labour-pm-gets-it-right/ As Bernard wrote: Highlights: * New Zealand is "beginning...
August 20th

Perigo interviews Darnton

Last night, on Radio Live , Lindsay Perigo interviewed Bernard Darnton about his court case against Helen Clark and Labour: http://www.julianpistorius.com/audio/PerigoAndDarnton.mp3...
August 18th

Bernard on ZB

Libertarianz say they have a strong case 18/08/2006 17:36:00 Libertarianz Party Leader Bernard Darnton talks to Newstalk ZBs Larry Williams about why he is taking the Labour Party to court...
August 11th

Herald reports on Darnton vs Clark

The NZ Herald has picked up the story of Libertarianz leader, Bernard Darnton, suing Helen Clark and the Labour Party for misappropriation of funds. See here for more information:...
August 7th

The hazards of tree-hugging

Here's a silly little joke for you on this lovely Tuesday. :) ---- One of the chief tree hugging activists was climbing a big Rimu tree to have a look out over a patch of West Coast...
August 5th

Ending crony capitalism

After my post about Economic power vs. political power , David brought up this question: So practically speaking, how does one *prevent* 'crony capitalism'? Maybe I'm a pessimist but it...
August 3rd

Libz gun spokesman on NRA News

Peter Linton , Libertarianz Firearms Deregulation Spokesman, was interviewed by NRA News this morning about the state of NZ firearms regulations, and specifically about Greg Carvell. NRA is...
August 1st

Economic power vs. political power

This weekend, I helped a neighbour chop up the remains of a big tree into firewood. It had to come down, as it had become a hazard. No, this isn't a post about irrational environmentalism; I'll...

Archive for July, 2006

July 30th

Peak oil and end of civilisation?

Predicting the end of oil, and the subsequent demise of our entire civilisation, seems to be the current fashion amongst neo-malthusians and other prophets of doom. As you might have...
July 12th

Download The Free Radical

You can now buy the current issue of The Free Radical as a PDF file that you can download: http://www.solopassion.com/store Download it and view it on your computer, or print it...
July 11th

P.J. O'Rourke - Smith's Law

P.J. O'Rourke has written a great little introduction to two works of Adam Smith - The Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of Nations:...
July 10th

Government meddling scaring away investors

From The Dominion Post: All this meddling has investors on edge 10 July 2006 By TERRY HALL Signs that the Government is becoming increasingly interventionist in business, coupled...
July 7th

Alan Duff rips into dole bludgers

Alan Duff , author of 'Once Were Warriors', rips into the touchy-feely and wrong-headed culture of welfarism in a brilliant interview with bFM's Simon Pound. He also eviscerates John...
July 3rd

To hate America is to hate mankind

There is a great article from the Telegraph today which rebuts anti-Americanism: To hate America is to hate mankind. Here is my favourite bit: To dislike a country as diverse as America is...
July 2nd

Taxes and red tape deter potential entrepreneurs

Reducing bureaucratic meddling and taxes encourages entrepreneurs? 'Shock, horror!' I gasped. That's just one of the conclusions from a good little article I came across on Stuff, republished from...

Archive for June, 2006

June 29th

Public access and property rights article

In other news, my article on public access and property rights was published in The Northern Advocate yesterday. You can read it here:...

Libertarianz leader takes on prime minister

Bernard Darnton, leader of Libertarianz, is taking on Helen Clark, prime minister of New Zealand! Bernard is taking Helen to court for misappropriation of funds, over the pledge cards which she...
June 27th

The free market rewards good teachers

A lesson in finance: Teachers sell their work online For all those teachers who take work home at night, creating lessons they hope kids will like, the reward is a good day in class. Now...
June 26th

Scientists playing God? Good!

A good article in The Times about the amazing abilities of scientists to detect genetic disorders in embryos: Scientists playing God? We should rejoice Minette Marrin "What a piece of...
June 25th

Elegance

http://www.flickr.com/photos/71515268@N00/174473165/ (Hat-tip Knockin' On The Golden Door )
June 23rd

Quote: C.S. Lewis

"What I want to fix your attention on is the vast overall movement towards the discrediting, and finally the elimination, of every kind of human excellence -- moral, cultural, social or...
June 22nd

Envy of success exposed?

From Reason magazine: Burn the Rich An old Russian joke tells the story of a peasant with one cow who hates his neighbor because he has two. A sorcerer offers to grant the envious...
June 20th

Quote: The Emperor's New Art

Quoted from Foreign Dispatches : ...it's true enough that not everything requiring virtuosity is "great" art, but it's also true that art without skill is an oxymoron, and I dismiss out of hand...

Animated cartoon: "Make Mine Freedom"

"This Cold War-era cartoon uses humor to tout the dangers of Communism and the benefits of capitalism." 1948. Cartoon in Public Domain and available to download at Internet Archive....

Telecom buggered, again

In the wake of "unbundling" (theft) of Telecom's assets, and news about government busybodies harassing a number of businesses in PC's post yesterday , comes a fresh attack on Telecom by the...
June 18th

The South Island got some snow...

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=13651 And look at that sediment run-off. Pretty, isn't it? Though I'm glad I live in Northland. :)
June 14th

DoC vs. farmers' property rights

This article from the Gisborne Herald points out some very real problems which farmers are having with DoC and the RMA. And this happens all over the country, not just Gisborne: 'DoC seem to...
June 8th

Is New Zealand sliding into dictatorship?

Yesterday, Tim Selwyn was found guilty of sedition. Sedition is to "bring into hatred or contempt, or to excite disaffection against" the Queen or the government and to incite "violence, disorder,...
June 5th

Ignore dog chipping law - Fed Farmers

Here is the original press release: http://www.fedfarm.org.nz/media_release/020606.html Here is the Stuff article: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3688294a3600,00.html This...
June 1st

Busybodies attack - Part 3E1000

It seems Heather Mills McCartney has her knickers in a twist over milk . She is convinced that it causes cancer, diabetes and ugliness (Ok, that last one I made up). Lady Heather wants...

Interview with Penn Jillette

See here for a good little interview with Penn Jillette from Penn and Teller. Here are my favourite bits: Penn Jillette's non-advice to college grads Q: If you had a...

Archive for May, 2006

May 28th

It's liberty, not language, that unites a nation

Leonard Pitts Jr. in the Miami Herald makes some good points: It's liberty, not language, that unites a nation For its next trick, maybe the Senate will pass a law regulating the...

Cool stuff, with maps - Vianet

When I am not fighting for my own (and your) individual rights, I am a professional geek. I am currently employed by Vianet International , and the project I am working on, is called...

Trouble for meddling bureaucrats in rural New Zealand?

Is there is a growing backlash by rural New Zealanders against bureaucrats of both local and central government? I think there might be... See these recent headlines: Walking panel blasted...
May 23rd

Dummies and mannequins

See what this article from the British Daily Mail does to your blood pressure: Stores urged to drop super-skinny mannequins Shop window mannequins should have the figures of...
May 22nd

The 'rewards' of being a Muslim woman

Humour is a powerful weapon. There's nothing like sticking your tongue out at people who take themselves and their stupid ideas too seriously. PC posted a link to a short video...

Horror movie cut short

This one is for Peter Linton. :) It's very funny. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1094232574024579484 See, guns are useful. (Hat-tip to Libertarian Youth )
May 21st

Trading with the Enemy? - P.J. O'Rourke

Here are some of my favourite snippets from a brilliant article by P.J. O'Rourke. In this article he is addressing the so-called trade deficit that the USA has with China: Economic progress...
May 20th

The caged virgin

Christopher Hitchens strikes out at the supposedly 'enlightened' Holland, for their treatment of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, political activist, and outspoken critic of Muslim extremists: Three...

Kirk MacGibbon loves America

And so do I - as I have written before. Kirk MacGibbon wrote an article putting things into perspective for all the irrational americanophobes out there. Excerpt: I love America....
May 17th

The environment - state and voluntary

With Nick Smith's recent proposal for a 'Bluegreen' environmental policy , I think somebody should point this article out to him, so he can grow a spine: In the Daily Telegraph there was a...

Open Letter on Immigration

Marginal Revolution has a post about an open letter on immigration, urging America's leaders to sanity: http://www.marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2006/05/open_letter_on_.html I...
May 9th

Our pathetic addiction to big government

Janet Albrechtsen from The Australian makes some very good points in her article "Our pathetic addiction to big government" today: WHAT is it with this country's budget obsession? Newspapers...
May 7th

Quote: P.J. O'Rourke

"One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on. And when you do find somebody, it's...

Archive for April, 2006

April 27th

Power, waste and bureaucrats

Yes, bureaucrats waste your money, and yes, they have way too much power, but this is not what this post is about. This from Stuff: Transpower's plan to build a $754 million...
April 26th

Greed

Greed is bad, right? If pursuing profit is greed, economist Walter Williams told me, then greed is good, because it drives us to do many good things. "Those areas where people are motivated...
April 25th

Direct Democracy

I had an interesting chat with a friend on AIM this morning... Here is the log: --start-- Friend: morning Julian: Morning! :) Friend: ever heard of Direct Democracy? Julian:...
April 13th

Libertarianz membership

PC's blog has a note about signing up as a Libertarianz member: http://pc.blogspot.com/2006/04/nzs-libertarians-want-you.html
April 6th

Libertarianism and morality

A great Libertarianism Cue Card by PC, which put into words what I couldn't: http://pc.blogspot.com/2006/04/cue-card-libertarianism-morality.html I loved this bit: Acting ethically...
April 5th

Media bias and reputation

After my recent run-in with the bias of a certain young radio reporter , the phenomenon of media bias has been intriguing me. Here's an interesting study about media bias that puts it in a...

The Bigger the Better?

Here's an interesting study recently published by Swiss researchers: The Bigger the Better? Evidence of the Effect of Government Size on Life Satisfaction around the World Abstract:...

Archive for March, 2006

March 29th

Interesting Maps

I came across some really interesting maps that help visualise different statistics about the world. Here is an example of net immigration: The USA receives 37.1% of all migration....
March 28th

Americans apologising for freedom

I like Americans - generally speaking. We had an intelligent, witty, American scientist over for dinner the other night. It was going really well, when he said those dreaded words: "George...
March 27th

Logic and Fallacies

While reading a post by PC about ad hominem attacks , I came across these two gems linked from the post and the comments: Stephen's Guide to the Logical Fallacies:...
March 21st

Onya Dover!

I wonder if Dover Samuels reads blogs? In particular, I wonder if he read PC's blogpost about the Whangamata Marina case: Dover breaks ranks http://www.theindependent.co.nz/story1.html...
March 19th

Women at war with the mullahs

There's a great piece in The Times about Dr Wafa Sultan, the outspoken critic of Islam, as well as other prominent Muslim/ex-Muslim female critics of Islam. Here are a few choice quotes from Dr...
March 18th

Religion: Root of all Evil?

"Physicist and Nobel prizewinner Stephen Weinberg describes religion as an insult to human dignity. 'Without it,' he says, 'you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil...
March 9th

Journalism Ethics 101

I have always had the greatest respect for journalists. It is a very difficult job, and usually thankless. For many years, my mother worked for a small, regional newspaper in the little rural town...

So, That Census Data Will Never Be Misused?

http://news.talkback.co.nz/PermaLink,guid,3cd083d2-e021-403a-aca2-7f0fd4735348.aspx Overstayers at a Te Anau lodge. Statistics New Zealand insists nobody from the Immigration Service...
March 8th

Census Media Coverage (Updated 8/3 14:30)

Some media coverage about the Libz and the census. There was a TV1 camera crew in Wellington, but I haven't seen the footage yet. :) I was also interviewed a few times on radio yesterday, and there...
March 7th

Census Burning Photos

Well, the deed is done. Libertarianz members all over the country have taken a principled and moral stand against the census, and sent their forms up in flames. It's simple. Is it OK for the...
March 6th

Census BBQ in Wellington Too

Tonight, while we toast our census forms up here in Northland, the Wellington Libz will go one step further. As PC reports: Libertarianz leader, Bernard Darnton, announced the event today,...
March 5th

The Census is Confidential, isn't it?

"But the census is confidential, and the government would never abuse that information", you say? Well sir, I have a bridge you might be interested in buying... As David Kopel wrote in 1990...

'But We Need A Census.' - NOT!

Apparently Germany can get by quite happily without one. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Census#Germany Germany The first large-scale census in the German Empire took place in...

Burn the Census

Tomorrow evening, in Kerikeri, a few Northland freedom-lovers and myself will be having a quiet, private barbecue. We'll also be burning our census forms. By doing this, we'll be joining...

Archive for February, 2006

February 28th

Australian Anti-Smoking Busybodies Strike

This from the BBC: "Authorities in Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, are to consider banning smoking in cars." Boy, they sure do like to meddle. Any day now, people...

Quote: William Pitt and Bill Clinton

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." -- William Pitt (1759-1806) British Prime Minister (1783-1801,...

If Hank Rearden Was A Dairy Farmer...?

http://www.azstarnet.com/altds/pastframe/business/117302 Excerpt: By controlling all stages of production, Hettinga, 64, says he can produce milk so efficiently that he and his...
February 26th

So Much For Choice

"There is crass irresponsibility in some of the larger monstrosities people drive around suburbia and in London. We have to move against this kind of thing." "Given the very demanding CO2...
February 16th

Dr Neil Benson's Brothel

Last night, as the Far North representative for Libertarianz, I attended a public meeting in Mangonui. For those who don't know, Dr Neil Benson, Cooper's Beach GP, is setting up a brothel in his...
February 13th

Less Than Words Can Say

If you enjoyed PC's rant against the slimy language used by bureaucrats: http://pc.blogspot.com/2006/02/when-passive-verbs-attack.html ...then you might enjoy Less Than Words Can Say, a...
February 12th

Sick of the Danish cartoons yet?

Here's a thoughtful and balanced post by Irfan Khawaja on the whole mess that is Cartoons vs. Mohammad: http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/21239.html He points out something that I hadn't...

They were brought up to hate, and they do

The latest Telegraph has an opinion piece by Nonie Darwish, a woman raised in the in the Middle East as a child of a celebrated Muslim terrorist. She writes eloquently about the real problem that...
February 11th

Google Reader Comes to the Rescue!

This morning I was reading a thread on PC's blog about bloggers and mainstream media, when this comment by sagenz caught my attention:...

Free-Speech is Dangerous - Defend it!

Here is an excerpt from The Mountain Comes to Muhammad, a piece by Tim Cavanaugh from Reason: If freedom of expression isn't dangerous, it isn't worth defending. One of the pernicious...
February 6th

Treaty Racism vs. Justice

Here's Tim's pamphlet that we handed out at the protest at Waitangi today. You can download a printable version here . Treaty Racism vs. Justice by Tim Wikiriwhi (Cartoon...
February 5th

Waitangi '06 Photos

Here are a few photos from the latest Libz expedition to Waitangi. Tim explaining what we're all about: Hooch (Helen Hughes) , Tim, and two angry French girls: Notice the...

Back from Waitangi

Well, I've just come back from Waitangi. Spirits ran high, but it was noticeably more peaceful than last year. Yes, there were the usual displays of tribalism, marching, chanting and heavy police...
February 2nd

Libertarianz will be at Waitangi Again

As you are most likely aware, Monday is Waitangi Day. Once again, a Libertarianz contingent will attend. Every year we're there, flying the flag for individualism and equality, and against racism...
February 1st

Standing up for Larry Ellison

Sorry, this just annoyed the hell out of me, and I thought I'd vent at you. That's half the reason for my journal anyway... :) In case you don't know, Larry Ellison is rich - very rich. Here...

Archive for January, 2006

January 26th

Property Developer Almost Lynched

See if you can connect the dots: 1. Property developer punished for cutting down his own tree - going to quit, as property development is too stressful:...
January 23rd

Sabine Herold is not a Bleeding Heart Liberal

It turns out Kakariki from bloggreen is a Bleeding Heart Liberal: http://bloggreen.blogspot.com/2006/01/surprise-surprise.html It's not really relevant to her result, I guess, but...
January 10th

Libertarians, Showers and Saving Water

I'm back after my trip to South Africa. I might write about it. I might not. :) Anyway, I noticed this great article on mises.org about the obsession that Americans have with showers, and...

Archive for December, 2005

December 16th

Merry Christmas!

Scheduled entries will be even more irregular over the next 3 weeks or so, as I am going to South Africa. I am not sure how often I'll be able to update this journal. As compensation, I should have...

Neo-Nazi Teenie-Boppers

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December 14th

NZB3 Podcast 09

Issue 9! Once again, without my input. Yes, the dearest iBook is still buggered, but should be fixed by the end of the week. Take it away Rick......
December 13th

Orauta School Closed

Those staunch rebels from Orauta have finally been bullied out of their school by the bureaucrats. The sad news here:...
December 12th

NZB3 Podcast 08

Another installment for your aural pleasure (?). As my precious Apple iBook has kicked the bucket, it is a bit late. :-/ http://www.julianpistorius.com/nzb3/nzb3-08.mp3 Notes from Rick:...
December 2nd

NZB3 Podcast 07

It's a bit late, due to my being otherwise occupied with setting up the new home for Sense of Life Objectivists: http://www.solopassion.com/ Anyway, you know the drill. Here's this week's...

Archive for November, 2005

November 29th

Politicians and Representation

This article by PC makes such brilliant, common sense, that I am required to point you to it. :) http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/11/things-i-dont-care-about-winston.html
November 26th

Quote: Elmer Davis

"This nation was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the principle - among others - that honest men may honestly disagree; that if they all say what they think, a majority of the people will be...
November 24th

Young Nat Talks Some Sense About USA

Anna Nuzum , who works for the National Party, and who quit blogging earlier this week , wrote a good post that nicely captures how I feel when I hear people slagging off Americans: "I just...
November 23rd

Peak Oil? Fact/Fiction? Does it even matter?

I have largely been ignoring the peak oil debate, the most recent fad amongst the modern doomsday prophets and environmental demagogues. One of the reasons why I am not too concerned, is that I...
November 21st

Brain Drain, Productivity and Other B.S.

I saw this on Stuff this morning, and couldn't help but notice the irony: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3486713a10,00.html Excerpt: Brain drain 'to get worse' 22 November...

NZB3 Podcast 06

Here you go, another installment of NZB3. And in case you were wondering, yes, Rick is not what we call... normal, but he certainly is entertaining. :)...
November 15th

Serenity

I finally saw Serenity on Saturday! All I can say is - Wow! Serenity is the film sequel to the Firefly TV series. I have been impatiently waiting for Serenity to come out ever since I...
November 13th

Some More Agricultural Common Sense

"The Resource Management Act has put the right to farm under severe pressure. Road user charges and fines have created a billion-dollar industry. These and rising oil prices are now affecting...

FedFarm Takes Aim At RMA

I saw this last week, but forgot to blog about it: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3471842a3600,00.html 'Flawed' RMA on Fed strategy list Federated Farmers president Charlie...

NZB3 Podcast 05

Well, Rick Giles, that certifiable kiwi-in-exile, has done it again. Here is the latest installment of NZB3: http://www.julianpistorius.com/nzb3/nzb3-05.mp3 Contents and Links:...
November 12th

Quote: Robert Heinlein

"Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want...
November 1st

Quote: Rudyard Kipling

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is hard business. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened....

Archive for October, 2005

October 30th

The Inhumane Immigration Policy of our Welfare State

I read this article on Stuff the other day: Deaf girl dies after residency challenge 23 October 2005 The parents of a deaf South African girl allegedly murdered by her father in...
October 28th

Quote: Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Conformity and obedience, Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, Makes slaves of men and of the human frame, A mechanized automaton." -- Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) British...

Government Attacks on Farmers Continue

No, I am not about to write about Zimbabwe, though you would be forgiven for starting to get worried, after seeing these stories I've read on Stuff over the last few days: Govt has new plan...
October 27th

Quote: Gerald W. Johnson

"We are reluctant to admit that we owe our liberties to men of a type that today we hate and fear -- unruly men, disturbers of the peace, men who resent and denounce what Whitman called 'the...
October 26th

UK Libertarian Blog

I got an email from Christopher, a libertarian blogger from the United Kingdom. He sounds like a nice fellow, and if you would like a libertarian perspective on UK politics and things, have a look:...
October 19th

Inflation in Zimbabwe

I received an email from a South African friend with this article: Zimbabwe's inflation is a maths education "Imagine buying a full tank of black market fuel at Z$100 000 a litre...

The World's Fastest Indian

I went to see The World's Fastest Indian a couple of days ago with Jasmine and some friends. According to IMDB: "The life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920...
October 16th

Johan Norberg

If you're into that classical liberal school of thought, here's the Swedish poster-boy for it: http://www.johannorberg.net/ He's a keen defender of globalisation and capitalism, and wrote...
October 10th

Quotes: Cicero, Bastiat and Weaver

"The more laws, the less justice." -- Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.) Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator http://liberty-tree.ca/qb/Marcus.Tullius.Cicero.Quote.9803 "When...
October 9th

Robbie Williams Libertarian?

According to the Times: "Robbie Williams angered anti-drugs groups yesterday after declaring his support for Kate Moss and claiming that there was nothing wrong with the model's use of cocaine....
October 8th

Christopher Hitchens

This one is especially for my socialist friends. :) On browsing through the Reason website, I came across a four year old interview with recovering marxist, Christopher Hitchens . It makes for...

Archive for September, 2005

September 28th

Labour or National = Big Government or Bigger Government

I stumbled across an article by Gareth Morgan. He claims that New Zealanders want a larger government, and sadly, he is right. Read his arguments here:...

Silly State Quiz

http://quizfarm.com/test.php?q_id=24094 Apparently I am a New Yorker... :) You scored as NEW YORK. NEW YORK 83% WASHINGTON 67% NEVADA 50% UTAH 50% WYOMING...
September 18th

Hair Donations on $1030 (Update 18/9)

UPDATE: The $500 milestone has been passed, and the haircut has occurred - only the beard is left! I went to Rust Ave Barbers, 10 Rust Ave, in Whangarei. I can highly recommend them. The price was...

2005 Election Results

The provisional results are in. Without special votes, Libertarianz received 926 party votes, or 0.05%. Like the other small parties, we have been swamped by the amazing recovery of the...
September 16th

NZB3 Podcast 04

NZB3 #4 is out. I have not had a hand in this one, and haven't even heard it yet (!), as I have been running around Northland doing a convincing immitation of a politician... Well, maybe not that...

Some Final Thoughts

PC has some final thoughts before tomorrow's formalities: http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/09/last-thoughts-before-tomorrow.html All of the other parties think that there is some areas of...
September 14th

Northern Advocate Questions

Along with all the other Northland and Whangarei candidates, I was asked some questions by the Northern Advocate. Here are my answers, which they published unchanged: Name: Julian Pistorius...

Farmers and Libertarianz - Followup

Apparently I'm not just covered by newspapers when I have my hair cut. ;) You might remember my promotion of freedom for farmers here: http://www.julianpistorius.com/journal/?postid=50...

Orauta School Eviction Delayed

I've just spent a couple of hours at Orauta. This morning we were alerted that they were going to be evicted from the school grounds at 3pm. See more background here:...
September 13th

Tour de Northland

If you are in Northland, and would like to have a chat about Libz policies, or just want to find out more about us, please let me know: 021 377 454 Jasmine and I are out and about, and would...

Report: Kaikohe Ratepayers Association

Monday, 7pm. We had heard about the meeting from Gray Phillips, one of the other candidates. Once again, we weren't invited, but attended anyway. Due to some confusion with the...

Fisheries, Quotas and Tragedy of the Commons

Here is a very good document that I found while doing some research on over-fishing: http://www.washingtonpolicy.org/Environment/PBReasonEnvironmentOceanPolicy.htm And here is the PDF...
September 11th

Newspapers Cover De-Scruffing

The Northern Advocate and The Northland Age have both covered my de-scruffing . There will probably be something in The Whangarei Leader on Tuesday as well. Together with my newspaper ads,...

Doubtless Bay Speech

Here is the four minute speech I wrote for the Doubtless Bay Ratepayers candidates meeting: Good morning Mr Chairman, ladies and gentlemen. I'm Julian Pistorius, the Libertarianz...

Report: Doubtless Bay Ratepayers Assocation Meeting

On Saturday morning, Jasmine and I went to the Doubtless Bay Ratepayers Association candidates meeting. It was very interesting. :) Here are a few choice snippets: - My speech:...

Why Doesn't Libertarianz Just Compromise?

Yesterday, Jasmine and I drove back from the Doubtless Bay Ratepayers Association meeting, and we picked up a Northern Advocate newspaper. A political poll for the Whangarei electorate was in...
September 9th

Report: McLeod Bay Candidate Meeting

Here is Jasmine's report of last night's candidates meeting: Hooch Helen spoke at the Whangarei McLeod's Bay "meet the Candidates meeting" tonight. Julian and I attended in support....
September 7th

The New Zealand Election - Statism or Selfhood?

The latest Free Radical is out! I have yet to lay my hands on it, but here is a sneak preview of the editorial:...
September 6th

Promotional Stuff

I had previously promised to put a link to my flyer. Here it is: http://www.julianpistorius.com/files/julianpistorius-flyer.pdf Also, I have put together an ad for newspapers:...

Report: Kerikeri Grey Power Meeting

Yesterday (Tuesday 6/9) Grey Power had a meeting at the Kerikeri Club at 2pm. I had repeatedly, but very respectfully, rung and asked to speak, but was turned down firmly every time. When...

Whangarei Leader Questions

As one of the Northland candidates, I was asked some questions by the editor of the Whangarei Leader newspaper. Here are my responses, for your edification: 1. How do you think the Government...
September 5th

Spring Cleaning

There are just over two weeks left before the election. I have invested thousands of dollars of my own money into my campaign as Libertarianz candidate for Northland , as I believe so strongly in...
September 4th

What Will Happen If Libertarianz Gets Into Parliament?

I have heard this question quite a few times over the past few months. Jasmine just got off the phone with a friend who asked the same question. Here is what PC had to say about it a few months...

Upcoming Meeting - Doubtless Bay

I will be speaking at Doubtless Bay on Saturday, 10 September. Here are the details: ---- Dear Julian Pistorius Meet the Candidates Meeting - Northland Electorate - Doubtless...

Liberty Scott Has Advice for Rodney Hide

A new libertarian blog has blossomed! Welcome Liberty Scott! http://libertyscott.blogspot.com/ I particularly liked this post, in which Scott gives Rodney Hide some advice, which many...
September 3rd

Signs of Freedom in Northland

Here is my report of a busy weekend of campaigning. We are putting freedom on the agenda, and some libertarian-ish ideas are being touted by mainstream parties! Also, the Greens show their true...
September 1st

Ethnicity

Helen Hughes and I went to a political meeting at the Northland Polytech today. It was heavily attended by people of Maori-seperatist persuasion. The amount of racist remarks spouted was truly...

Farmers and Libertarianz

I sent the following information to: - Northland Federated Farmers - Federated Farmers - NZ Fruit Growers Federation - Rural News - Straight Furrow - NZ Farmers Weekly ----...

Archive for August, 2005

August 30th

NZB3 Podcast 03

We still haven't learnt our lesson. :) You can listen to it here: http://www.julianpistorius.com/nzb3/nzb3-03.mp3 NZB3 Show Links Week 34, 2005 Editorial: Free Speech- Proper Tea...
August 29th

Orauta Misinformation

Somebody pointed me towards this post by Adolf Fiinkensein on Sir Humphreys: http://sirhumphreys.blogspot.com/2005/08/greypower-or-greyshirts.html This was my comment: Hi Adolf,...
August 26th

Oruata School Decision Reserved

Orauta School was in court again on Friday. You can see two versions of the events here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10342625...
August 25th

Quote: Ayn Rand

"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely...
August 23rd

Ten Men Go Out For Dinner

This funny, yet sadly true, joke is from the National Business Review article here: http://www.nbr.co.nz/home/column_article.asp?id=12736 (Thanks to Roger Whitwell for the pointer)...
August 21st

Wellington Libz Election Signs

Luke Howison sent me these photos to show what the Wellington guys been up to: wellyboards1.jpg wellyboards2.jpg

NZB3 Podcast 02

We're at it again! You can listen to it here: http://www.julianpistorius.com/nzb3/nzb3-02.mp3 We discuss the Eureka rebellion, anarchy, Gaza and the National Party, amongst other...
August 19th

Libertarianz Opening Address Files

Here is a sneak preview of what will be on TV One tomorrow evening. :) Low Quality: http://www.julianpistorius.com/video/libertarianz-56k.wmv [376k] High Quality:...
August 18th

Libertarianz Opening Address Screening

This breaking news, just in from PC : Tell your friends, tell your workmates, tell everyone you've ever met... the Libertarianz Opening Address will be amongst the morass of minor parties' TV...
August 16th

Nandor v Libz on bFM

Dr. Richard Goode , Libertarianz Health Deregulation spokesman, and Nandor Tanczos , from the Greens, were interviewed on Russell Brown's show this afternoon. Here is a very bad recording:...
August 15th

NZB3 Podcast Experiment

Well, this should be fun. I have been roped in as a guest announcer on Rick Giles' embryonic podcast project, NZB3. You can listen to the first edition here:...
August 14th

Auckland Election Signs

On Saturday I helped the Auckland folks to put up signs. Here is a photo of one of the teams: http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/08/libz-on-top.html I have learnt the tricks of the trade. Now...
August 11th

Follow-up - The Doubtless Bay Marine Protection Group

Last night I went to a meeting with eight Northland and Te Tai Tokerau candidates (general & maori roll): http://www.julianpistorius.com/journal/?postid=36 John Carter and Dover Samuels...
August 10th

Mangonui Candidates Meeting

I'll be attending this meeting tonight: THE DOUBTLESS BAY MARINE PROTECTION GROUP Is hosting an evening at the Mangonui Hall for the local community to "meet the candidates" to discuss...
August 9th

Libertarianz Goodies

Some people like to wear their convictions on their sleeves - or their cars, as the case may be. Here's a nice wee bumpersticker for your car, if you like individual liberties. Print...
August 5th

Dean Risi Honoured With Light Of Liberty Award

Last night a contingent of Libertarianz members bestowed the Light of Liberty award on Dean Risi, the owner of Kelly Browne's, a bar in Cambridge. See here for some background:...
August 4th

AUT Political Forum Success

What a day! We signed up 23 new members. A few of them are REALLY promising! One guy thought tax was plain theft - no prompting required! Another guy, who grew up in a poverty-stricken part of...
August 2nd

Filming Done & Pub Crawl Is ON!

The filming for the 60 second television opening address was done yesterday morning. The script was mostly written by PC - so you can assume that the ad is most definitely not PC. After...
August 1st

News And Upcoming Events

I am in Wellington at the moment. Bernard Darnton and I will be filming the opening address and television ad for the Libz tomorrow morning. We spent today finalising the script with the...

Archive for July, 2005

July 28th

Orauta School Gossip And Art Project

I dropped by Orauta School again today. Helen Hughes, the Libz Whangarei candidate and accomplished sculptress, was there as well. She was picking up clay art pieces done by the children. A few...

The Free Radical

Why do I do this? Why do I fight for the f-word - freedom? What drives me? Am I just an undercover Greenie? For answers to these questions and more, you should get the latest Free Radical magazine....
July 26th

The Mythical Greater Good

Last night I sat next to a grown man who was on the verge of tears. I had found him sitting alone in the dark, on the steps of a deserted school. There was a tear running down the side of his face,...
July 24th

Quote: Niccolo Machiavelli

"Therefore a wise prince ought to adopt such a course that his citizens will always in every sort and kind of circumstance have need of the state and of him, and then he will always find them...

David Joffe - Renaissance Man

I was reading a brilliant speech by Fred Ross from the Art Renewal Centre : Good Art/Bad Art. http://www.artrenewal.org/articles/2001/ASOPA/bad_art_good_art1.asp (linked from...
July 23rd

Government Attack On Property Rights Continues

Chris Carter, environment aparatchik, continues to assert that other people have the right to wander over your land at will: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3353337a3600,00.html Here...

Quote: P. J. O'Rourke

"There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." -- P. J. O'Rourke (1947- )...
July 21st

Libz Cinema Ad Campaign

This week (21th to the 28th of July) is the last scheduled week of our party's four week long cinema ad campaign "An Introduction to Liberty": http://www.libertarianz.org.nz/?page=events If...
July 16th

Guns & Fun Success

The name says it all. There were many, many guns, and a lot of fun was had by all. People who had never fired a gun before had a go - and enjoyed it! The paintball players came away with big...
July 12th

Quote: Patrick Henry

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force,...
July 11th

Government Intervention in Childcare Drives Prices Up

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10335349 I shuddered when I read this: "Mr Mallard said that if prices did rise he had the option of introducing fee controls." If...
July 8th

Quote: Benjamin Franklin

"Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you." -- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) US Founding Father http://liberty-tree.ca/qb/Benjamin.Franklin.Quote.3BC8
July 7th

London Attack

Damn the bastards who did this. See PC's coverage of this shameful attack: http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/07/bastards-bomb-west-again.html...

Northland Guns & Fun on Saturday July 16

Hear ye! Hear ye! Liberty! Guns! Fun! Northland is in for a pleasant surprise. Libz Whangarei candidate Helen Hughes and I have decided to organise a day of paintball, shooting, barbecues...
July 4th

Quote: John Adams

"The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations ... This...

Archive for June, 2005

June 29th

PC's 95BFM Interview On Live-8

PC was interviewed on 95BFM about the Live-8 phenomenon. Background post: http://pc.blogspot.com/2005/06/live-8-losers.html I recorded it for those who want to hear his take on aid for...
June 28th

Action Orange Success: Sanity Prevails Over Public Land Access

I just read an absolutely fabulous article with comments from a snivelling brat who didn't get his toys, Associate Minister for Grabbing Other People's Land, Jim Sutton:...
June 16th

Action Orange

If you care about your right to hold your own private property, it is time to sit up. The government is trying to take this right away from individuals whom they consider an easy target -...

Quote: Rev. Henry Ward Beecher

"Liberty is the soul's right to breathe and, when it cannot take a long breath, laws are girdled too tight." -- Rev. Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) US Abolitionist & clergyman Source:...

Robin's Press Release RE Orauta

Robin Thomsen , Libertarianz Hamilton East Candidate, burgeoning journalist and fellow activist wrote a press release about his experiences at Orauta School:...
June 12th

Laptop Stolen

Bugger. My laptop was stolen on Saturday. :-( I was dropping Robin off at the Skycity bus terminal and quickly ran in with him to make sure he had enough money for his ticket to Hamilton. I was...
June 9th

Update: At Orauta School After Protest

I'm at the school after our protest at the court in Kaikohe. It has been very peaceful, and I think the TV cameramen were a bit disappointed. :) Here are some photos:...
June 8th

Libertarianz Gets Set to Support Orauta School in Court

PRESS RELEASE LIBERTARIANZ EDUCATION MEDIA ADVISORY: Courtroom Protest Libertarianz Gets Set to Support Orauta School in Court ====================================== "In an...
June 6th

My Official Campaign Vehicle

I have already done 1600 km on it since the beginning of my campaign. I anticipate much more by the end. :)

Archive for May, 2005

May 28th

Lured by the dark side? Vote Libz instead!

In this ( http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3295938a13,00.html ) article on Stuff, they talk about the dark side of the economy - theft, tax fraud, drug industry, etc. They just pussy-foot around...

Ban Kitchen Knives?

Once guns are out of the way, there are always kitchen knives to campaign against. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4581871.stm What are we going to ban next? Sharp sticks? Rocks?...
May 26th

Orauta School Parents Taken to Court

The government has decided to take its idiotic campaign against the Orauta community to the next level - it is suing three parents for sending their children to an unregistered school. More...

Libertarianz at Budget Day 2005

Thursday, 19th of May, 2005 was the announcement of the new budget. By now you would have read all about the depressing details. I will not bore you with yet another opinion, but will point you to...
May 17th

About This Journal

This journal was born as a way for me to keep people informed on the progress of my campaign. I will be posting details of events that I plan to attend, and report on them afterwards. I will also...
May 16th

About Me

I am a 32-year-old self-employed computer programmer and member of Libertarianz . In the 2005 general election, I stood for parliament for Libertarianz in the Northland electorate. Born in South...