To the dismay of many New Zealanders there is a word now heard constantly on the streets: CORRUPTION.
We are sick of corrupt ends by corrupt means. They must be exposed, railed against and fought—all that corrupts NZ must end. Rotten systems must be replaced by ones that to the best of our devising are rot-proof. We have ways of preventing our houses from rotting. We should do the same for our house of State. Honesty really is the best policy.
There is language and langwedge. Language is talking to people or with them. Talking to them is good; talking with them is best. Making wedges between them is bad. Driving foul wedges into them is worst.
Talking with people not only strives to communicate--to be heard and listened to and understood--it also strives to please. It strives to use language in a way that gives pleasure, and therefore uses it with care, and
thus shows that the speaker cares about the listener.
That is the heights. The worst depths are what Tolkien called Black Speech. English is the greatest language that has ever existed on Earth. It has hundreds of thousands of good words. Filling one's mouth and other people's ears with constant repetitions of a few foul ones says to the hearers, 'I care nothing for you, you are only a toilet, I want to fill you with verbal sewage. You are only worth being psychologically abused, I am the one to do it, and I shall do it. For I am superior to you, I am worth more than you, I have the right to make a toilet of you, I have the right to violate you with my excrement, and you have no right to deny me.'
It is regrettable that although using such language in or within hearing of a public place has long been illegal in New Zealand, it is a law hardly ever invoked, and that the abuse remains rampant. Most of it is psychological sexual abuse, because the words are black words for the parts of our bodies that make us male and female and and mark us such. Denigrating them in the most vile way is the same under the heading of gender as calling an African a nigger under the heading of race. 'Nigger' is psychological racial abuse; four-letter words are psychological sexual abuse.
Unfortunately most of that abuse is hurled at men. Even the word that on the surface applies only to women is usually used of men by men; for it is the ultimate abuse: it says that a man does not have the mark of manhood. When used of a woman it says that that is all she is, that it is has only the value of abuse, and that she should be treated accordingly.
'Those to whom evil is done do evil in return.' Small wonder that there is so much retaliatory abuse in visual and physical forms.
Although, rightly, there has been an outcry against the wicked, sexually-abusive boys who call themselves Roast-Busters, their existence should surprise no one, because sexual abuse is deeply entrenched in New Zealand. Many, perhaps most, of those who are condemning them are guilty of it every day and all day.
For a start, sexually-abusive language is part of their speech. They might be able to see that calling a black man a nigger is racial abuse, but they cannot see that using the so-called four-letter words is sexual abuse. For them that vile form of speech is so normal that they have rendered themselves incapable of hearing what it really is. The Roast-Busters are only expressing physically what most people are constantly expressing verbally.
Even when their language is not drenched in four-letter words they speak and act in ways that manifest an abusive attitude to the human body, in particular to the parts that are the emblems and the very essence of manhood and boyhood, girlhood and womanhood. They mock them, they belittle them, they denigrate them, they regard them as a filthy joke, they think of them as filthy and treat them as filthy, they use the vile words that mean them to hurl abuse at anything they loathe. Then they wonder why people treat men and women badly. They do it in speech all the time, so they should not be surprised when so many do it in practice, and that a few openly boast about it on Facebook. That same boasting is part of their speech and their thinking.
Worse, many, perhaps most nowadays, are not bothered by, indeed practise as a 'normal' part of their daily lives casual sex, flitting from bed to bed, temporary sexual liasons, practices that dishonour their bodies, or to use precise English: fornication, adultery, sodomy, etc. In daily practice they are reducing what should only be one of the finest aspects of humanity--the expression of true love--to careless gratification, to superficial entertainment, to abuse of others, to abuse of self.
'Abuse' is bad usage. Sexual abuse is bad usage--physical bad usage and verbal bad usage--of the parts of the body that make us and mark us as male and female. Everyone who manifests any form of abuse toward them is part of Roast-Busters Incorporated. In short, part of everyday New Zealand.
There is no replay button in life. We live each second, each minute, each hour, each day, each week, each month, each year only once. Once. Therefore the people who 'design' systems that waste people's time are stealing part of their lives. I am weary of systems designed by bureaucratic prats who cannot design their way out a wet paper bag, even with the help of nuclear weapons, and a squadron of bulldozers. Their bad systems waste time. They are thieves of life.
It is the corruption of incompetence, the corruption carelessness, the corruption of overweening vanity and the inability to admit shortcomings, it is the corruption of stupidity, it is the corruption of appointing second- and third-rate people to jobs that need first-rate performance.
Fonterra's discovery and admission that tonnes of its products were contaminated by the bacteria that causes botulism, due to a dirty pipe in one of its factories, is a perfect metaphor for the undeniable fact that the '100% pure' and 'one of the least corrupt countries in the world' labels are lies. The truth is that there are dirty pipes oozing the botulism of corruption all over the place in New Zealand.
Even though the bacterium turned out to be another, similar one, because the testing had not differentiated them as it should have, the point, like the dirty pipe, remains. Indeed it is underlined by the fact that the initial tests did not know the difference between great harm and harmless, that the lab that did them did not have the necessary accreditation, and that the Hautapu factory had to closed down and cleansed before normal production could resume.
The New Zealand system is riddled with multiple watchdogs who have the same incompetence. For example, we have a plethora of incompetent judges (and cops), but the judicial watchdog, the Judicial Conduct Commission, is incompetent and grossly biased in favour of those he is meant to be exposing. Incompetence set to watch for incompetence is a species of corruption.
There are two kinds of corruption. Deliberate and accidental. But at base it is all the same. It is vanity. It can be the love of titles, seats of honour, official baubles--the corruption of greedy pomposity. It can be a taste for personal power--the corruption of overweening self-importance. It can be acting for a friend or someone with a title instead of democratic law--the corruption of influence. It can be making a decision for bureaucratic convenience, not true public service--the corruption of process over humanity. It can be not bothering to do your job properly--the corruption of irresponsible carelessness. It can be not bothering to do the job at all--the corruption of laziness and pretence. It can be not being up to the job--the corruption of incompetence. It can be the corruption of appointing people to positions for the wrong reasons, positions for which they do not have the ability or are disqualified by psychological shortcomings or psychopathic tendencies--the corruption of positions. It can be not bothering with the law or researching the facts--the corruption of wilful lawlessness and ignorance. It can refusing to admit a mistake in the face of the facts and the law--the corruption of wilful blindness. It can be not understanding simple words--the corruption of ignorant stupidity. It can be forcing people to comply with your dictates to satisfy pride, bureaucratic arrogance, or sloth--the corruption of petty oppression. It can be refusing to give a straight answer to a valid question--the corruption of the silent lie. It can be presenting false or misleading information and pretending it is true, or falsifying the law and the meaning of words--the corruption of outright lies, of deliberate evil. It can be offering a position for a vote or a wad of money˜the corruption of bribery. It can be acting out of hatred, malice or the desire for revenge--the corruption of wanting to do harm. It can be acting on shonky official advice--the corruption of careless and uninformed decisions. It can be political interference in due process, such as misusing a statutory authority--the corruption of abusing political position. It can be conducting a hearing with a closed mind, with the verdict politically dictated in advance--the corruption of prejudice. It can be unfairness--the corruption of denying natural justice, which we all have the right to under the Bill of Rights Act.
This hypocritical, godless nation, sings 'God defend New Zealand', then does not believe that God exists, thumbs its nose at him, mocks him and rejects him. This hypocritical, godless nation is presided over by the most corrupt Parliament in its history. This hyprocritical, godless nation, has rejected God and his love, and therefore has chosen his wrath.
New Zealand should therefore not be surprised that a city called Christchurch, a city named after the Son of God and his church, was firstly shaken hard. But it ignored the warning, it even held a 'religious service' to which every godless, idolatrous, false, Satanic 'religion' was invited. It failed to worship God alone, it failed to give him alone the glory, it failed to slough off its foul idolatry and hypocrisy. Even weak and foolish churches joined in that godless 'service', although they know that lukewarmness and hyprocrisy are loathed by God and condemned by him and will bring punishment.
Therefore the hard warning shake in which no one died was followed by a much harder one that flattened the city, killed people, and reduced its godless cathedral to ruin. Its pride was in the building, not in the reason for it. Its pride was reduced to rubble.
But, heedless of those warnings, this foolish, godless nation then began to pass a law that would call homosexuality equal to marriage. The dictionary cannot stomach that, thousands of years of history cannot stomach that, logic cannot stomach that, mathematics cannot stomach that. Marriage is the physical, sexual, mental, emotional and spiritual joining of a man and a woman, ordained by God, and it cannot be anything else, no matter what hordes of godless fools might say in defiance. Even kindergarten mathematics says that an apple and an orange is not equal to two apples or two oranges, yet this godless, illogical nation said it could define a word as anything it pleased.
It cannot. God will not accept that evil. So he delivered a severe warning against that by visiting upon this nation the worst drought we have had for seventy years. But he was mocked, in Parliament, by a foolish godless man who does not know what a rainbow is and what it means, or care, and thus he mocked God Almighty.
So then Wellington was given a warning, on a Sunday, on the Lord's Day. A hard, sharp warning. And the building called Public Trust was badly damaged, as were the upper floors of the Bank of New Zealand building. Two idols were singled out: trusting in public opinion and trusting in the worship of money.
Yet still this godless, hypocritical nation ignores God, ignores his love, ignores the truth, worships gods of its own imaginings. It ignores the fact that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for the evils that it now calls good, in law.
The Bible says God is not mocked (Galatians 6:7), and that we reap what we sow, and it warns again and again that when a nation turns against him it will be punished. God will punish it. He will turn nature against it till it repents of its evil and turns back to him.
God loves us and wants the best for us. Satan hates us and wants the worst. When we reject the love of God we choose the hatred of Satan, and by aligning ourselves with Satan we make ourselves enemies of God. When we reject God's love we have chosen his wrath, and we must accept the consequences.
'Corruption and bribery are perceived to be getting worse in many countries, and trust in governments is falling worldwide, according to a survey by the group Transparency International.'
''The Global Corruption Barometer 2013 paints a bleak picture. One in every four people paid a bribe in the last 12 months when accessing public institutions and services, according to Transparency International's report.' New Zealand, along with most other countries, is perceived by the majority of its citizens as being more corrupt than it was. Shall we act surprised? We have the most corrupt Parliament in New Zealand's history, we have officials being prosecuted for criminal and losing standards-accreditation, we have a steady stream of 'businessmen' (read crooks) being found guilty of fraud and stealing millions, we have cheats and liars, rogues and knaves, thieves, abusers and murderers and oozing out of the rotten woodwork everywhere we look.
This careless arrogant corruption, riding roughshod over any semblance of the rule of law and human rights, deserves to be condemned before the whole world. The Supreme Court made a judgement in accordance with law and human rights, the government didn't like it, so it rammed 'legislation' through to trash it, and trashed the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act along with it. More corruption from the most corrupt Parliament in New Zealand's history--a most unrepresentative House of Representatives.
Many superannuitants are living payday to payday, and finding it difficult to manage. But if they were paid weekly instead of fortnightly they would find it much easier. And they would be getting paid more for nine months of the year.
Household bills arrive monthly and must be paid by certain dates, especially when there are discount-dates, and supermarket specials are issued weekly. But because New Zealand Superannuation is paid fortnightly there is a constant mismatch between income and expenditure.
If superannuitants work out what your monthly average is by dividing your annual total by twelve, you find that with fortnightly payments you are being paid below that monthly average for nine months of the year, and above it for only three--and those three good months are always a long way apart. This year, for example, the above-average months, the good months, are January, July and December. So there's five-month stretch to endure where you are below your monthly average. That situation is unfair and unjust because it makes it more difficult to manage--all because because the government and its bureaucracy cannot be bothered taking real human-beings and real life into account.
If superannuitants were paid weekly instead of fortnightly they would have a better, more even income, and there would be twice as many months in which their income was higher than their monthly average. For example, someone being paid $700 a fortnight would be getting a monthly average of $1517, if you divide the total for the year by twelve, but the actual monthly payments are $1400 for nine months of the year and $2100 for three of them. In 2013 those high months are only January, July and December. Therefore in
February, March, April, May, June, August, September, October and November the payments are $117 below the average, so there are long below-average stretches. But if that same person was paid weekly, the monthly income for January, April, July, October and December would be $1750, and the other months would be $1400, so there would be more above-average months and they would be closer together.
It would be much easier for elderly people to manage. But the Minister for Old Guys, Ancient Monuments, Greyheads and Other Advanced Specimens of Humanity (Hon. Jo Goodhew) and the CEO for the Ministry of Social Development claim that it would cost a fortune to change from paying superannuation fortnightly to weekly. But a brain-damaged earthworm with flat batteries and a spade through its gizzard could work out that it wouldn't cost anything to tell the super computer program to run twice as often. It runs weekly for the dole, so there's no reason it cannot do it for super. Or are unemployed bods worthy of the best treatment but wrinkly bods aren't?
If you agree, and want to put pressure on the government to do the right thing by superannuitants, please sign the petition
-weekly-not-fortnightly-to-make-budgeting-easier ... is the address to cut and paste if the link doesn't work for some reason)
This truly is a man of quality, of wisdom, of probity, of profound morality, of superlative powers of reason--a great and true statesman!!! How admirable he is!!! After millions of years of evolution, after ten thousand years of civilisation, after at least ten years in the Kiwi education system, we have produced... this godless fool.
When the New Zealand Parliament began to consider whether it would change the law to redefine homosexuality as equal to marriage, Maurice Williamson, an MP for the National Party, said he would vote for it, because he is a libertarian and doesn't care what people do. 'If people want to marry their dog, they can do that, as long as the dog stays off my lawn,' he said ( link to news report ).
So much for our forebears who sacrificed to make New Zealand what it is! What they did was obviously rubbish, so it has been well and truly rubbished. Piece by piece, item by item, it's all gone. About the only thing left to rubbish was Anzac Day. Now that too has gone the way of corrupt thinking--trashed by superficial fools in the most corrupt Parliament in our history. Not even Australians could bowl underarm at that one...
God makes it very plain in many passages of Scripture that when a nation turns to wickedness it will get drought. Leviticus 26:18-20, Deuteronomy 11:16-17, I Kings 8:35, II Chronicles 6:26 and 7:13-14, Jeremiah 3:2-3 and 14:4-7 are just some.
New Zealand is turning blatantly to wickedness, wickedness that God specifically forbids, as it prepares to equate sodomy and lesbianism with marriage in its laws. Therefore severe drought is upon us, with some parts experiencing the driest January-February since records began.
We had the earthquakes in Christchurch. In the first, no one was killed and the cathedral was left standing. But the warning was not heeded, even to the extent that in the aftermath the bishop presided over a 'service' that included worship of a multitude of false gods. So the next earthquake shattered the cathedral. The city and its cathedral were of Christ only in name, but they had turned their backs on him and God.
New Zealand failed to take any notice, so now we are in drought. The Bible says in Galatians 6:7, 'Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.' No one, no community, no nation can turn away from God to gods of their own making and not suffer the consequences. God loves us and wants the best for us. When we reject him his love seeks to drive us back.
When some rain fell on Auckland on Sunday the 17th of March, albeit not enough to break the drought, that city was given further warnings in the form of two earthquakes in quick succession. Earthquakes too are shown in the Bible to be one of the ways that God shows his power, his will, and gives warnings to the wicked (including as Isaiah 2:19 & 21, Isaiah13:13, Isaiah 24:18, Joel 4:16, Haggai 2:6 & 21, Haggai12:26, Matthew 24:7, Matthew 27:54, Matthew 28:2, Mark 13:8, Luke 21:11, Acts 126:26, Revelation 6:12, 8:5, 11:13, 11:19).
Now that once-great Britain has chosen in law to falsify and corrupt the word 'marriage'--to legalise Sodom and Gomorrah--New Zealand will surely do the same. Official US figures show that even in that population only 1.7% is homosexual, so the normal lives of 98.3% or more of the population and the truth enshrined in English are to be turned on their heads to pander to a tiny minority. For no good reason at all. The abnormal lust to make a normal word abnormal so that they can call themselves normal, but they are wilfully blind to the fact that that it will not change their abnormality in the slightest.
Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for their godless iniquity. New Zealand had a divine warning sternly laid upon it in Christchurch. The first warning was ignored, so the second was far more damaging. It too was ignored.
Singing 'God Defend New Zealand' then disobeying him will not come to good. When a nation turns to iniquity good is never the result. 'All who hate wisdom are in love with death,' God says Proverbs 8:6, and death--spiritual and literal--is what we will get. II Peter 2:6 lays it out plainly: 'God reduced the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes, condemning them to total ruin as an object-lesson for the ungodly in future days.'
God loves us and wants us to love him back, because he wants the best for us, and that is found only in him, in his love, in faith in his Son Jesus Christ. But when we return him hate for his love he will seek to bring us back to that love, for in that alone is life and life truly abundant. The nation that ceases to trust in God, that turns its back on God and instead turns to wickedness, and even writes it into its laws, will be punished--to turn it back to love. We ignore him at our peril.