Communist Party

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Although Hitler was a Chancellor, he didn’t have as much power. The Communist party was still a threat. Then a key event happened. The Reichstag – German Parliament – was burned a few months after Hitler came to the power and the blame was assigned to the Communists. Following the burning, President Hindenburg clamped down the Communists and repressive measures were taken on all other political parties.

How Adolf Hitler Came to Power

The story of why Hitler came to power is about the reasons why the German people lost their senses and allowed a vicious madman to come to power.?Hitler was a brilliant speaker, and his eyes had a peculiar power over people.???He was a good organiser and politician. He was a driven, unstable man, who believed that he had been called by God to become dictator of Germany and rule the world. This kept him going when other people might have given up. His self-belief persuaded people to believe in him.

Hitler’s rise to power was based upon long-term factors – resentment in the German people, the weakness of the Weimar system – which he exploited through propaganda (paid for by his rich, Communist-fearing backers), the terror of his stormtroopers, and the brilliance of his speeches.

During the ‘roaring twenties’ Germans ignored this vicious little man with his programme of hatred.?? But when the Great Depression ruined their lives, they voted for him in increasing numbers.?? Needing support, and thinking he could control Hitler, President Hindenburg made the mistake in January 1933 of giving Hitler the post of Chancellor.

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Yeah, go on Andy, keep talking up Labour’s links with the Commies

Andrew Little is clearly not self-aware, nor is he aware of how his statements regarding Labour’s close links with the Communist Party in China will look to middle voters in New Zealand.

He quite simply is a political retard, simply mouthing off what ever comes into his head at the time.

He and Li also spoke about the links between the Communist Party of China and New Zealand Labour.

In 1955 former Labour MP Warren Freer became the first Western politician to visit China after the Communist Party gained power in 1949.

It was Labour governments which set up formal diplomatic relations with China in 1972, recognised China as an open market economy for the purposes of the World Trade Organisation and signed the New Zealand-China free trade agreement in 2008. ?? Read more »

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Photo: US Office of War Information

Photo: US Office of War Information

When Coca-Cola Made ?White Coke? For a Soviet War Hero

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I share the sentiment

Czech artist David Cerny has made his feelings on the looming prospect of the Communists gaining political influence with a giant purple hand making an obscene gesture

Czech artist David Cerny has made his feelings on the looming prospect of the Communists gaining political influence with a giant purple hand making an obscene gesture

You’ve got to love it when people make massive political statements…like this:

A Czech artist known for his anti-communist stance has floated a huge statue of a hand making an obscene gesture on Prague’s main river.

David Cerny’s none-too-subtle artwork was paraded days before parliamentary elections that could give the Communists a taste of power almost a quarter-century after they were ousted.

The artist’s giant purple hand, extending an oversized middle finger, was placed on a pontoon on the Vltava river, near the famed Charles Bridge and facing Prague Castle, the seat of the presidency.? Read more »

I’ll show you mine even if you don’t show me yours!

When you are out all afternoon shooting you get to do a whole lot of thinking. As we were busting clays this afternoon chat got around to China.

The China/New Zealand relationship bears some curiously similar hallmarks to a desperate blonde having a romp between the sheets with the town cad in the hope he’ll love and look after her. ?As long as she’s hot, doesn’t rock the boat and turns out the goods I suppose he’ll hang around, but he won’t be faithful.

That’s what I see when I read about the eager and breathless McCully sweating his way around China. ?The FTA is just stunning – most of us are enormous supporters. ?But where do we draw the line? ?Is it necessary to be so loose?

Take Huawei for example, the telco/tech company subsidised by the Communist leadership (oh wait, owned by the employees – heh!) and well understood to be a front for Chinese intelligence – are we really happy to trade security for a fast broadband network? ?Our involvement with the Echelon spy network is the only real contribution we make as a country to international electronic intelligence gathering?

In short, the intel trickle that we currently enjoy could turn into an occasional drip. China is far from the most stable nation in the world with major ethnic struggles along strategic borders, hugely dependent on unstable nations for energy and food, has a heaving poor population angling for survival or more pay, and the Communist Party overseeing thousands of executions a year.

Still, let’s have a jolly good old romp with them and use them like they are using us, but perhaps we should come up for breath and think about a couple of layers of contraception….or is it too late?


Guest Post – Clare Curran: Where angels fear to tread

A couple of weeks ago Clare Curran asked me via Twitter if she could?have?a guest post on Whaleoil. I told her that she could submit anything she liked and I would post it unedited, I also told her that there is no moderation at my blog so she could and probably would suffer in the comments, if she was ok with that then she could send it thorough. Fortunately for her my blog is having some issues with the database that means commenting is difficult. Fingers crossed it will be fixed soon. Here is Clare’s guest post.

Where angels fear to tread by Clare Curran

Politics is an art. It?s also a trade and a thankless grind. It takes time to learn. Some never do. It?s always about moving. Sometimes forward. Sometimes sideways or backwards. Sometimes into new dimensions. That?s the space I want to inhabit. And it?s about risk.

One of the best things about being a Kiwi is that we have a bullshit radar. One of the not so good things is that we can lack confidence in ourselves and as a nation. But we don?t like someone trying to get one over us. I like that.

You might have noticed that some of us Labour politicians have been using the bullshit word a bit lately. I think that reflects how many people feel even if they?re not prepared to ?swear?.

I?d like politics to be more like that. Saying what you really think.

About 13 years ago, when I lived and worked in Australia, I had one of ?those? conversations that can determine the course of your life and perhaps even history.

Louise was truly a comrade. An ex member of the CPA (Communist Party of Oz) which had withered like all extremist organisations do eventually. Both of us belonged to the ALP (Aussie Labor Party) but neither was that involved. The union movement was our thing. And we worked together at the ACTU (Aust Council of Trade Unions). Don?t hiss.

We talked about the inability of the Labor Party to get its head out of internal factional infighting and address the big policy issues of the time. It was 1998.? The Howard government dominated. The country was divided and depressed. The ALP had turned inwards. And it?s very different to the NZ Labour Party. So don?t draw parallels.

We talked about a new way of doing politics. A new way of engaging with people across the political spectrum. Finding the commonalities. Leaving to one side the historical barriers. Realising that the future was about new paradigms. And that it was possible. And necessary.

Idealistic bullshit? I dunno. I am an idealist. But I am also a realist. And I don?t like to give up.

When I walked the streets of South Dunedin in 2008 knocking on doors and talking to people about what really mattered, one of the things consistently raised was frustration about the practice of politics.

In 2011, walking those same streets, it keeps coming up. People want you to be straight with them. They don?t want to be dicked around. They don?t want to be manipulated and put into categories and ?messaged?.

It doesn?t matter who you are and how your parents voted. What you think about tories, pinkos (that?s for you Whale) or whackos. People want politicians to tell it how it is. And come up with solutions. It?s not rocket science.

Who?s prepared to be most honest, and be clear about your motives.

I?m no angel. But I reckon I?m on the side of the angels.

I know we?re going to fight it out in the election battleground. But to all you Whale loyalists, I reckon in your heart of hearts you know there?s some really important stuff that has to be done in this country.

Making New Zealand a country of makers might be a start. Where our kids can grow up safely and bond to our land and our Kiwi ways. And no matter where life takes them, always see us as home.

Where they get the opportunities in life to get skilled and that there are decent jobs that pay decent money to keep them at home.

Where we?re collectively proud of ourselves. Even if we grumble. Where we can stand tall in the world. Treat each other well. And like each other. Mostly.

I think that access to technology is a great leveller. It can transform our nation, it can give people opportunities and ways out of poverty they never had before. It lets people fend for themselves. It creates new communities. It can allow us to build a nation built on our wits and skills that we can still only dream of.

We have to sort out a few things though; the infrastructure that underpins new technology, a competitive environment with incentives to develop new businesses, one that creates more Kiwi content that builds export businesses as well as being distinctively our own.

One thing we have to get right is ditching the anachronistic and monopolist laws and frameworks that threaten us being able to thrive in digital environment. I get that. It won?t all happen overnight but we need some vision in this. And some leadership.

Politics needs people with vision. We?re not a corporation. We don?t need a chief executive. We need people who have damn good ideas and the ability to put them into practice. How else do great things happen?

I want a country where it doesn?t matter where you live your kids can get the best education. Where you can start up a business in the sticks and make it work. Where our rural communities thrive again.

Where the poor kids can use their skills to develop the next start-ups, rather than the next drug deal.

A big question for us is how we can make New Zealand the most natural place for talent to thrive. I reckon you all care about that. That?s just the start.

We need to make stuff happen. Not make stuff up.

I?m a new politician. In more ways than one. It doesn?t always go down well in my party. You might think I?m a wanker. I don?t care about that. I just care about getting stuff done while I?m here.

And I don?t care if you disagree with me as long as you listen, and debate the real issues. And not the person.


Unspinning the Kia Ora Gaza liars

The NationI was on the Nation today and due to time constraints I didn’t get to slam into the liars of Kia Ora Gaza. Sean Plunket however did a fair job of trying to expose their lies.

Here is the transcript:

SEAN In the past week you?ve been asked to give again to a group called Kia Ora Gaza. ?They tell us they’re a group of Kiwis joining an international aid convoy to deliver humanitarian supplies to the needy of Gaza. ?They?ve had some media coverage in the papers and on the tele. ?They?ve adapted a Hank Williams song and have a cute little Kiwi cartoon on their website where they’re asking for $100,000 to fund this mercy mission. ?But is this really a homegrown handout for the needy of Gaza, or is there something else going on? ?To find out we have in the studio Roger Fowler, Team Captain of Kia Ora Gaza, good morning to you, and from the Jewish Council of New Zealand, David Zwartz, he’s in our Wellington studio

SEAN Roger Fowler I want to come to you first, is this about delivering aid, or making a political statement?

ROGER It’s definitely about delivering aid, we’re talking about millions of dollars worth of humanitarian aid which is desperately needed by the people of Gaza. ?We’re talking about medical equipment, educational equipment, and building equipment to try and rebuild some normality of life for the people of that desperate nation.

SEAN Alright and to do that the six of you are going to London and then driving to Gaza?

ROGER There’ll be a massive convoy Sean of about 500 vehicles, coming in three legs. ?One’s coming down from London and that?s the one that we’ll be joining with the people of Palestine, and there’ll be another leg coming from Dohar, and another one from Morocco, all coming towards Gaza on the same day.

Ok here we have the first lies. That 500 vehicles is a massive convoy to save the embattled Palestinians. They are trying to make out that Israel is starving the people out of their homes through a blockade. It is a lie that “aid” is even needed.

The July Monthly report of border crossings of Civilian and Humaitarian Aid shows the lie of Kia Ora Gaza.
Civilian and Humanitarian Aid to Gaza – Monthly Report – July 2010

A total of 3,665 truckloads and 82,701 tons of general goods, 4.1 million litres of fuel for power stations and another 400,000 litre of other fuels.

This is just for July.

For the first week of August the totals were 1,166 truckloads carrying 23,279 tons of humanitarian aid (including food, goods, and fuel) were transferred into the Gaza Strip , and 324 patients and accompanying individuals left the Strip for medical purposes.

SEAN Can you not buy the supplies, the medicines and the building supplies you want on Cairo and simply send them over the border to Gaza, why the need for this massive road trip?

ROGER Well this is a big international effort once and for all to bring much needed aid to the people of Gaza.

SEAN But as I’ve just explained to you there’s a far logistically simpler and one would presume more economically sustainable way to do that?

ROGER There is but the need to bring this humanitarian aid is because there is a siege on Gaza, which is inflicted by their neighbours, and we have seen a need to break that siege. ?So yes there is a physical component to breaking that siege and bringing that aid.

SEAN So are you actually going to physically drive through the lines and sort of confront the Israeli Security Forces?

ROGER Well the Israelis have indicated that they?ve eased the blockade and indicated that it’s easy to get stuff through. ?So that will be put to the test.

So this big international aid effort is only going to deliver a sixth of the usual monthly amounts, not even half of the trucks for the first week of August….sounds like they are just trying to make a show for cameras. There is not a siege on Gaza, a siege would not allow anything through. The Israelis have made it quite clear that they will allow anything through so long as it can’t be used for war-making.

SEAN Okay, I’m going to put it to you that actually this is about politics. ??You and Grant Morgan who’s the person you send the money to if you want to back Kia Ora Gaza, members of the Social Workers Party people have been involved in what one would call the far reach of left politics in New Zealand for quite some time.

ROGER Sean you probably know that left leading people are often the very first to come to the aid of the underdog in New Zealand, and in fact it’s a good Kiwi tradition. ?We come to the side of the underdog whether it’s in sports or its social events.

SEAN So you would agree there’s a political motivation to this?

ROGER No, there are people politically involved, but there’s people from a wide selection of backgrounds come to ….

SEAN Not on the trip there isn’t?

ROGER Yes there is a wide selection of people.

SEAN Well could you just name some people who aren’t politically active on the trip? ?Your son perhaps?

ROGER My son has put his hand up and he’s been selected too.

SEAN Okay, politically active?

ROGER He’s involved in community work just as I am. ?I’m the manager of a community centre in South Auckland, have been heavily involved in community work all my life.

SEAN Part of the Resident Action Movement that stood for Council?

ROGER Yes I’ve been active in politics.

SEAN Okay, other people on the truck been involved in that movement as well?

ROGER One other one yes.

This is about politics pure and simple. They are communists and antisemitic and want nothing more than? a conflict with Israeli border troops entering Gaza. they will drive up and expect to drive straight through, that isn’t going to happen, those trucks will be thourghly searched and then allowed to proceed, but this won’t be good enough for these guys, hoping to make a huge deal with some pushing and shoving with Israeli troops.

Plunket is right, why not just buy the goods in Cairo and drive from there. After all one of Gaza’s borer crossings is into Egypt and managed by Egypt. Are they too blockading and laying siege to Gaza. Of course they aren’t, they don’t want bombs flying over their borders just as much as the Israeli don’t want them over theirs.

SEAN Okay, Grant Morgan as I said the man who’s taking the money the last General Secretary of the Communist Party in New Zealand. ?Where does that money go and who administers it, are you a charity?

ROGER We’re in the process of setting up a charitable trust. ?This has all come together quite quickly and the support has been enormous and is growing.

SEAN Okay, and you would agree that the person Viva Palestinia the group you are linked up with in London, is spearheaded by George Galloway, former Labour MP, virulent anti American, a man who’s said ‘I never met a dictator I didn?t like’ and Viva Palestinia itself was investigated by the British Charities Commission last year. ?Two of its directors resigned and questions were asked about direct payment of money to Hamas which is of course listed as a terrorist organisation in Great Britain.

ROGER Yes, I think all those allegations were proved to be false, and yes George Galloway has been a long time campaigner against war.

Right, so the charity isn’t a charity. One other thing that Plunket didn’t cover is the endorsement of these communists by the CTU president Helen Kelly.

ROGER Sean, we all know that there is definitely a siege and a blockage on Gaza, even the Prime Minister of the UK has come out and denounced this inhumane blockade, and demanded that it be stopped. ?World leaders …

SEAN No what he’s actually said and I’ve got the direct quote here. ?He said that Gaza couldn?t remain a prison camp, and he says progress is being made, and he made that speech in Turkey, he said progress is being made, which is unlike George Galloway, who says that at the end of the day this is all about the fall of the capitalist system, and Grant Morgan says that in some of his political writings as well.

ROGER Well actually anybody making those references to this issue, this is an issue of taking humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, they’re in desperate straits despite what our friend says, and they have been for some time. ?Yes there has been an easing, and all that means is there’s a few bits and pieces are getting through. ?250 trucks a day is completely inadequate, they’re people in a desperate situation.

Still they lie. Calling Gaza a prison camp and saying the people are in a desperate situation.

Kia Ora Gaza are lying when they call Gaza a prison camp, they too presumably haven?t seen these appalling pictures starv?ing locals try?ing to find scarce food, or basic neces?si?ties at impov?er?ished shops lack?ing stock because of evil Israeli block?ades, or even try?ing to find a cool pool of water to take the edge off of the desert heat in the ?prison camp?. This is the only ?prison camp? in the world with a flash mall too. Lord only knows how they con?structed all that with a block?ade/siege in?place.

Kia Ora Gaza are tricking through lies and obfuscations, Kiwis into believing the mass media lie that Gaza is somehow a place of squalor. If there is squalor the solution for citizens of Gaza is simple. Stop throwing missiles, bombs and bullets over the border, start to live peacefully with your neighbours like Egypt does and they will find that life gets a whole lot simpler and easier. Nothing brings prosperity like peace does. The solution is in the hands of the the citizens of Gaza, that they keep using those hands to make bombs, and voting in Hamas is no ones fault but their own.

David Zwartz, former Honorary Israeli Consul to New Zealand, gives some very sensible advice for people wanting to donate to the needy.

I would say that $100.000 given to the Pakistan Aid Relief will help one million children instead of going to the diesel fuel and trucks to drive 4,000 kilometres from London to deliver aid which can be delivered much more efficiently through the International Red Cross.

Combating Spin – Owning Land in China

The fortress new Zealand nut-bars use the pathetic excuse for their xenophobia of blocking land sells to Chinese owned companies or individuals by saying that we, meaning us Kiwi’s, can’t buy farms in China. This is of course arrant nonsense because it isn’t true in any way shape or form. We saw Federated Farmers on The Nation on Saturday wanting the money but not the buyers, essentially saying that if the eyes were slanted they weren’t interested.

For a start, they explain we can’t buy land in China because all land is owned by the government. If that statement is true then neither can the Chinese own land, they are in effective tenants on their own land which is “owned” by the state through the power of the gun since 1949.

In fact a quick Google search confirms that even Chinese farmers can’t own the land they farm. It is vested in teh State, which we know is ruled by the Communist Party at the point of a gun.

The fact is that despite the country?s unrelenting march towards a market economy, government ownership of the land is such an elemental part of China?s socialist character that the framers were unable to alter the fact and ministries are ignoring the law. In an indication of how controversial the law is, Premier Wen Jiabao did not even mention it in his two-hour opening speech to the 17th Party Congress in October.

Even though Beijing remains deeply concerned about rural poverty and unrest, the government ignored the plight of land-insecure farmers at the behest of the old guard, who have lost dialectical battle after battle since Deng Xiaoping took power in 1978 and set China on its course towards a market economy. For them, private ownership of property would have been the last betrayal of the Maoist revolution. Hundreds of scholars and retired officials signed a petition against the law.

This means the rules are the same for a Chinese citizen as for a New Zealand citizen, or Chinese company vs. a New Zelaand company on owning and farming land in China. You can’t own the land but there is nothing stoppping you from farming there.

This of course is the inconvenient truth that Fortress New Zealanders will not face. These are the same people who no doubt buy shares in Carter Holt Harvey and Fletchers and in the case of Federated Farmers, own shares in Fonterra, all companies that buy and operate land and businesses in other countries.

The simple fact is that we can’t erect walls and stop foreigners, especially yellow ones, coming to New Zealand when our own companies and individuals go around the world buying and building land and companies. The argument that we can’t own land in China is facetious. We have Kordia investing in infrastructure in Burma, where a military junta reigns, we have Fong-terra with substantial business holdings in China anyway, forests in South America and on and on and on.

There are 10,537 shareholders of Fonterra and people are getting their knickers all knotted up about just 1 of those shareholders. Michael Cullen sold Wellington’s power grid to the Chinese with nary a squeak, arguably far more important than a few poorly run farms int he North island.