Generation Y

Why we shouldn’t trust young people’s political views

Mainly because they are basically just screwed up.

Millennial politics is simple, really. Young people support big government, unless it costs any more money. They’re for smaller government, unless budget cuts scratch a program they’ve heard of. They’d like Washington to fix everything, just so long as it doesn’t run anything.

That’s all from a new Reason Foundation?poll surveying 2,000 young adults?between the ages of 18 and 29. Millennials’ political views are, at best, in a stage of constant metamorphosis and, at worst, “totally incoherent,”?as Dylan Matthews puts it.

It’s not just the Reason Foundation. In March, Pew came out with a similar survey of Millennial attitudes that offered another smorgasbord of paradoxes:

  • Millennials hate the political parties more than everyone else, but they have the highest opinion of Congress.
  • Young people are the most likely to be single parents and the least likely to approve of single parenthood.
  • Young people voted overwhelmingly for Obama when he promised universal health care, but they oppose his universal health care law as much as the rest of the country … even though they still pledge high support for universal health care. (Like other groups, but more so: They seem allergic to the term Obamacare.)

This is all very confusing. Perhaps it should be when we’re using a couple thousand subjects to guess the collective opinions of 86 million people. What are we sure?we know about Millennials? Two big things and one small thing.

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Is this happening here? Pretty sure it is

In the US demographics and polling data suggests that the Democrats have a problem with young people.

I wonder though if the same could be said here. Like the US it has always been assumed that young people are Labour or Green supporters…the evidence suggests this isn’t necessarily true.

I’d love to compare membership sign ups of Young Nats vs Young Labour vs Young Greens.

A new Pew Research Center?report?on millennials has been receiving well-deserved attention. For politics, the prevailing interpretation of the report?seems?to be: Republicans are screwed. Millennials are more liberal and Democratic-leaning than older generations, and because most millennials will outlive those older generations, the country?s future is largely defined by the politics of millennials. And that future, the argument goes, is bad for Republicans.

In fact, the story is much more equivocal. Lurking within this broad category of millennials is a group that isn?t quite as keen on liberalism, Democrats, or President Obama: Millennials who actually entered the electorate during the Obama presidency. These youngest millennials may yet demonstrate why it is dangerous to assume that subsequent generations will be loyal Democrats.? Read more »

Millennials are screwed up and here is why

Alexis Neiers writes at Vice about how and why she became screwed up…by her baby boomer mother.

Time?magazine claims I?m the?poster child?for all things awful and 20, but I don?t know. I?m certainly not a sociologist. But what I can tell you is what is wrong with me. After a stint in jail and a year of court-mandated rehab, I have developed a little self-awareness. Want to know how a 19-year-old becomes a junkie, addicted to the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood lifestyle? Here?s how.

I was selfish and immature. (Refer to any episode of?Pretty Wild?for examples of this. Really, any episode will do.) It didn?t matter if my attorney said I shouldn?t go to Mexico because I had court in the morning?if I wanted to go to Mexico, I was going to Mexico. I did not handle the word?no. I?m sure this immature behavior was connected to my inability to cope with traumatic childhood events?after all, drugs killed the pain associated with reflecting on my well-documented teenage problems?but my intuition told me there was more to my problems. So I called Bob Forrest to ask him what he thought was the root of my problems.? Read more »

The strange world of the Maori Stop Smoking Industry

Today I received via the tipline an anonymous mail. This is what it contained.

To: [email protected]
Subject: [NZTAN ] Awesome Stuff

I just want to mihi out to Te Reo Marama and Hone Harawira for spearheading the opportunity for the tobacco companies to appear before a select committee. ?”To bring them out from the shadows” as Hone put it. ?Getting
them lined up like ducks is a milestone.

If there was ever a question over the effectiveness and leadership of Te Reo Marama in Maori tobacco control, it should end here.

TRM should be acknowldged towards contributing towards making this happen, (although you would never hear it from them.)

Dispite[sic] being the first (and only) SF/AK organisation to have their funding abruptly cut, TRM still relentlessly ?forges ahead advocating, advising MP’s, responding to media and continues to fight the good fight.

Ka mau te wehi! awesome stuff

Steve Kenny ?(Tipene)
Health Advisor – Maori – Pasifika
Regional Public Health
Tel(DDI): 04 570 9144 ?ext:9144
Mobile: 021 02952482
Email [email protected]

For those of you who don’t know NZTAN is the New Zealand Tobacco Control Action Network, which are a bunch of militant and well funded anti-smoking health nazis. When I say well funded I mean very well funded particularly in the area of Maori stop smoking funding and in particular a nasty little group called Te Reo Marama.

Te Reo Marama is a small outfit run by?Shane Kawenata Bradbrook. This guy would appear from documents that arrived in the post today to be a serial maori trougher. One example of many which I will have to outline in a series of posts so huge is the amount of information that has arrived courtesy of an OIA is the $77,000 spent on overseas travel in one calendar year…..on Maori Health!….Overseas travel….something isn’t right.

The word has it an the email above confirms that there are serious questions being raised about Te Reo Marama andits funding arrangments from MinHealth that it has had its funding cut off pending an investigation.

From the email above and also from comments on my previous blog post about Maori and smoking it seems that Shane Kawenata Bradbrook has a nasty little network of similar maori troughers deeply embeded in DHB’s and MinHealth who seem to want to protect him.

Is it just a coincidence that the very week that Te Reo Marama has its funding arrangements under the microscope Hone Harawira comes out punching and this email turns up on the NZTAN mail-lists? Surely its just coincidence or is Shane Kawenata Bradbrook still running (in a nice new green MG convertible like this one) around skiting to all who will listen that he “can’t be touched because he has the Maori Party in his back pocket”. A quick call to Pita and Tari should be able to confirm or deny that tomorrow.

And why is Steve (Tipene) Kenny, Health Advisor – Maori – Pasifika? Regional Public Health a the Hutt Valley DHB lobbying so hard in support of Shane Kawenata Bradbrook and Te Reo Marama? Is it because Steve (Tipene) Kenny knows of a little bit of double dipping going on?

From the documents I have received so far this may well be the tip of the iceberg. There is more to come on this story I can promise you. I just have to scan about 500 documents.

Saturday Safety Message

When giving the order to commence firing make sure the only thing down range are targets.

The video was taken at one of James Yeager’s Tactical Response Fighting Pistol classes. The photographer seen forward of the firing line is Jay Gibson, one of the Tactical Response instructors.

Apparently bullets whizzing by you as you train and is quite common at Tactical Response classes.

IMHO that video shows egregiously stupid behaviour on the part of the instructors.

hat tip The Firearm Blog


Oh Dear!

Aja Rock seriously needs some cosmetic attention from the looks of this photo. Honey, when they look like that it pays not to show them off.