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Today in rock history

Today in Rock History is a music orientated segment where we would like to encourage readers to share their thoughts and tastes in music and discus the various aspects of any music topic. This post is not limited to  rock music. You are encouraged to bring anything music related along that you would like to share, either by typing the name of a song and artist into the comments section or by sharing a youtube, vimeo, spotify or soundcloud link. If you are unsure how to add a link, simply write the name of the song and the composer and someone may very well do it for you.

Music is a huge part of peoples lives even if we aren’t all music enthusiasts. Music is all around us in advertising, background noise in shops and on the streets. It’s inescapable when you have teenagers but for most of us it is a huge part (if not a ritual) of our lives that we feel close to.

So kick back and enjoy Nechtan’s Today in Rock History playlist and see what new gems you discover.

Born today in 1938, songwriter singer Bobby Charles “Robert Charles Guidry” one of the founders of “Swamp Pop”.

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Tweet of the day

Misandrist harpies make another power-grab

Caption: She doesn’t care what it is, she wants it. And you can’t have it.

There’s a good reason that almost no-one outside of the legacy media-elite and the sheltered workshops of liberal arts colleges wants to identify as a “feminist”: feminism long ago abandoned any pretense of campaigning for equality. Contemporary feminism is nothing but a cult of unhinged man-hating run by purple-haired bargearses and their creepy, abusive beta-male hangers-on.

If there’s one thing that distinguishes “Third Wave” feminism, aside from its distinctive funk of cat urine, it’s the stunning hypocrisy of misandrist harpies who seem to exist only to punish the male gender at large. Quote:

Only women and transgender individuals will be allowed to compete in an April debate tournament hosted by the George Washington University Parliamentary Debate Society.

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Mike Hosking & Dr Jordan Peterson on the gender pay gap & our values


Clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson. Photo / Getty Images

Newstalk ZB audio starts at 8:57

Mike

Just to bring everybody up to speed, part of your fame or infamy has come from a Channel 4 interview in which you… I don’t know if you want to use the word clash, but anyway the interviewer was asking you about the pay gap, the gender pay gap. Oh, which is a big issue in this country. Ah… and what she couldn’t understand is she kept arguing that averaged out there was a nine percent pay gap. And averaged out, there probably is a nine percent pay gap. But what you were arguing is there is no point in averaging anything out because it doesn’t deal with individual circumstances. And she couldn’t or wouldn’t understand that.

Jordan

Well it undermines her entire ideological agenda, which is the idea that there is something fundamentally oppressive about the way the culture is set up and that you can attribute everything like the pay gap to that oppression. And that’s simply not the case. So for example, we know that men work longer hours and that if you work ten percent longer hours you make forty percent more money and men work outside and there is a pay increment for that and they work more dangerous jobs and they work in fields like the stem fields that pay more and that can be scaled much more easily than, say, healthcare jobs and they’re much less likely to work part time. And so, these are all small factors but when you add them up, they more than account for the pay gap difference.

Mike

Which is not to say that there are probably some women who are oppressed and there might well be sexism in the workplace and they are held back because they’re women, doesn’t mean it’s universal or on average.

Jordan

No, well discrimination is always a factor that you would take into account if you conducted the equations properly but I also think that that’s self-limiting and self-punishing because companies that under-utilise the pool of talent that presents itself to them are definitely going to suffer a competitive disadvantage in the market.

And most companies I know that are thriving do absolutely everything they possibly can to keep their high-end women, but have a very difficult time doing so when women hit their thirties for obvious reasons. And it isn’t, by the way, a gender pay gap difference, it’s a pay gap difference between mothers and non-mothers. And that’s a very different issue.  

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It’s official. You can’t just write ‘Maori’ on a piece of paper and call it a drivers licence

Well it looks like you can’t just go around with your name written on a piece of paper, with the word ‘Maori’ written on it and have it accepted as a legal driver’s license anymore!

It seems that the NZ Supreme Court have told Michael Raymond Main to go forth and fornicate with himself, and have chucked out his application to have his case heard there.

It seems that Mr Main was stopped by a member of the ever-vigilant Hamilton boys in blue back in 2017, after one of them realised that the number plate on Mains’ Commodore looked a bit sus. Turned out it was – in that it was fake. So of course a little more digging ensued and it was realised that the car had also been green stickered in the past for being a dodgy heap of excrement.

The best bit was yet to come though when Mains handed over a piece of paper with his name scribbled on it, and proudly endorsed with the word ‘Maori” upon it, claiming that as he was Tangatawhenua and the laws of the land did not apply to him (or at least I presume to the portion of him that had all the Maori blood in it).

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1984 arrives 35 years’ late

Photoshopped image credit: Luke

As Orwell wrote, 70 years’ ago, Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. Never has this been more graphically illustrated than with the modern ‘progressive’ liberals fighting for homosexual and Islamic rights at the same time. Quote.

Sometimes [two and two are four], Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.”

One of the key themes from George Orwell’s dystopic novel 1984 is that the Party can do and say whatever it wants.

And more importantly, you must believe it, with all your heart. No matter how absurd.

That’s doublethink. It is impossible for two plus two to equal three, four, and five simultaneously. But if the Party says it is so, it is so.

If you can’t make yourself believe two contradictory facts simultaneously, that makes you a thought criminal — an enemy of the Party.

Thoughtcrime is thinking any thought that contradicts the Party.

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