NOW... much smarter than NWO (Last Update: 27th February 2014)

"The definition of insanity
is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results."
Albert Einstein
So what are the BAU up to these days in your corner of the world? In New Zealand, erm, well it's Business As Usual. There's nothing new. Unfair perhaps, but you can tell it's an election year. The spin-doctors will be scanning social media as they release tidbit after tidbit of information in the hope of seeing a spike of activity. Once that spike of activity rears its ugly head you can bet your arse they'll push it using every single weapon in their arsenal. Once they've got their hot ticket item, they'll turn all of their focus against the opposition in order to discredit the leader.

Well that's all you have to do these days isn't it? Make the leader look less than attractive and by association the rest of their policies and the members of their party will be discredited... pats on the back all round, job done, grab yer bonus and wait another 3 years. If it wasn't so obvious it'd be depressing. At least one can have a wry smile as the general public go to the polls and vote for change. Do you vote? I don't. I really can't see the point. I guess that back in my youth I must have figured this out and decided to make a conscious decision to stay the hell away from politics. It was so long ago I honestly can't remember... but my reasons for not voting, whilst being brow beaten with "well if you don't vote you can't complain" must have remained the same.

NOW there's a hell of an irony in there. If you didn't vote, you can't complain. Well the reason I didn't vote is because nothing changes and the very same "complaints" that I had/have are echoed amongst voters and none voters alike. The irony being that those who voted didn't get what they voted for and therefore decided to "complain". I do wonder if those voters ever beat themselves up over their "gullibility". Let's face it, a political party will tell you what you want to hear, be it sticking to the ideology or hot ticket item, and then too often they change their minds and do the exact opposite of their election promises. So I'd say those who have voted really have nothing to "complain" about as they should have known what was going to happen. After all the political process has been playing political idol since I can remember and the same old "waaa waaaa waaaaa they didn't tell the truth" arguments rear their heads after every election. No worries though... next time around they can vote for the other fella and get a completely different result.

Perhaps I should be berating voters instead of slating politicians... as the old joke goes, "don't vote, it only encourages the bastards". A note for the die hard voters who believe that none voters shouldn't be allowed to "complain". You vote for that which I don't and I have to deal with it. I live my life in exactly the same way as you and am affected by your govts policy of choice irrespective of whether I voted or not. Therefore I have every right to "complain". Give me something to vote for and I will vote! Until then, shut up, stop being so ignorant and show a little more respect and consideration for my views. Oh, and stop bloody voting, you're not helping the situation.

Anyway, we did have a "late" entrant into the political race. Kim Dot Com and the internet party. They want better access to broadband. Other than the thought of a political party getting in as a 1 trick pony, it would highlight (if they did get in) that there is a need for a political party to waste your vote on. The greens and the labs petitioned KDC to remove his party from the ballot as it ma affect their voter numbers. Is this really what we've come to? Even though they're a 1 trick pony, they should be allowed to stand without any objection from anyone, let alone the coercion of the "hopefuls". It's childish at best and at worst it's a display of anti-democratic behaviour. Things is, he'd probably end up working with the greens and labour anyway... so you have to wonder why they would ask KDC to back down.

Is it because it would highlight that the democratic process is a joke? For me that's exactly what it would highlight... but moreso I think it would show just how disaffected the population have become in relation to their chosen representatives. I'm almost tempted to vote for that specific reason, oh the hypocrisy eh, but I won't. My vote will be saved for a party that can offer me real world options and real world changes. These days it will have to offer a system that doesn't rely on money. I may be hanging on to my vote for a few years eh.

Or will I? NOW I know that there are lots of political movements out there that probably have aspirations to become a political party, but I do have my reservations as to what they would be looking to achieve. Are they just activists wanting to highlight the need for change? Are they protestors who want to highlight the need for change? Are we ever going to see anything other than some form of political lobby pressure group? I'm not having a go at activists or protestors in any way shape or form, but this has been done before. I'm damned sure that the numbers are there to make a massive noise. I'm damned sure that hearts and minds are in the right places. I'm damned sure that "our" best interests are in the offing. But I'm not sure that it's enough. I'm not saying it won't be, but I have my doubts.

My doubt is mostly seated on the premise that we've still sewing the seeds and raising awareness and I'd hate to see us push too hard too soon. Again, I may be hugely wrong in regards to the timing and it could be the perfect time to "force" the change. I absolutely drool at that thought. However with the way the authorities have been cracking down on protests over the years, I'd rather see a protest based on public education before people put themselves up against the authorities again. But that's just my "feel" and I'm sitting watching the world through a laptop screen with the odd conversation with the odd stranger here and there, and not there and pushing. Kia kaha to all of those who think otherwise.

Our systems are shot where the media can dictate the thoughts of the population. It always leaves me dumbstruck when I hear a person repeating a media strapline or a position dragged straight from the political party propaganda handbook. It's almost as though we have absolved ourselves of all responsibility for our decisions because we voted and a side effect of that is having to toe the line whether we actually believe what we're saying or not. Such staunch attitudes without thought are exceptionally dangerous and entrench views that a person may not have otherwise supported had they taken responsibility for the thought process that went in to the decision in the first place.

You only have to ask why and follow the train of thought through to its, usually, logical conclusion to realise that we are buying what we are being told and reacting in 1 of two ways depending on the outcome. If the outcome is positive, we seem to claim responsibility for that decision because we voted for them. If the outcome is negative we seem to disassociate ourselves from any responsibility and blame the politician/group "responsible" for the negative outcome. More often than not when the outcome is negative, the opposition are blamed.

Given the breadth of policy that a govt have to manage, it's hardly surprising that we can pick and choose which outcomes we take responsibility for. Social services lose funding, but I voted for tax cuts so I had nothing to do with that. Military spending is dropping, but I voted for the minimum wage rise so I had nothing to do with that. It's a strange way to look at it, but I dare say it's close to the mark given my limited experiences with people's politics and their allegiances. Perhaps KDC has it right and a 1 trick pony is actually a more honest representation of the voter.

Meh, politics. It's a side show these days. It accomplishes very little and given the choices that are available (usually a 2 horse race) it's hardly surprising that we get what we pay for. We can do better. We have done better. We must do better. The next generation is banking on us to nip these sorts of issues in the bud. Given that people are so wedded to their vote, I would imagine that we're going to have to use the democratic process to affect the change we want and not pressure groups, protesting or violence etc... It's a bitter pill to swallow as burning the houses down will likely be the quickest way to make a point, but is that really what we want? Quick and dirty? Once upon a time I would have grabbed the molotov cocktail and screamed "Quick and dirty, fuck yeah let's go". These days I think it'll only ever be met with an even more violent response which helps none of us, let alone the cause of future freedom fighters should we not be able to make the point stick.

Anyway... to all of you free people, I wish you the best for whatever action you decide to take and I hope you use your vote wisely, or not as the case may be:-).

A "Begging" Letter.

Everything takes money. Raising awareness is no different. To that end, if you have excess funds and you would like to invest in a project with the potential to change the world, then come and say hi.

The above may sound like madness or the ramblings of a person suffering from delusions of grandeur, but I assure you that I am quite serious. Someone has to be about the future. I have a plan. It may not be a good plan, but that is for you to decide. Come to my house, drink wine and let me offer you a vision and a plan of how we get there. You will be an integral part of NOW helping to shape our future. If nothing else, you will have had a wasted journey and I will have less wine.

Change happening by itself is too slow. It needs a helping hand.

We do not need to be stuck with Einstein's theory of insanity! There is a Silver Bullet! and it is EASY to change our society quickly and with next to no consequences, in fact the positives by far outweigh the negatives!

A wee challenge for you. Can you think of a single reason why our financial system is better than a NOW approach for humanity. Be honest and open minded, but I think you'll find out that there isn't. NOW (or variations of) is/are required NOW more than ever. We live in a finite world, why continue to waste it?

"There is no Silver Bullet". I've heard that from professionals, experts, leaders etc... NOW they're either really really wrong or they're lying through their teeth. Again, take a look around you and ask if this is the best we can do?

I disagree with those professionals, experts and leaders who say that there is no silver Bullet and I'll make 3 very bold statements that would have them laughing in the aisles:
  • There is a Silver Bullet!
  • It is EASY to solve many of the major issues that the world faces!
  • NOW offers positives that our current societal and economic models can't even come close to offering!

With the above 3 very bold statements in mind, I give you NOW

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