Whining Groundswell complain while planet burns

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Groundswell NZ to hit the road again

Groundswell NZ co-founders Bryce McKenzie and Laurie Paterson will be climbing back on tractors for another nationwide trek, but this time their message is for voters.

The pair led the major Howl of a Protest journey in July 2021, opposing the Government’s rural sector regulations and policies, followed by another nationwide event, the Mother of All Protestsin November that year.

Nothing had improved since then, McKenzie said.

“There hasn’t been anything wound back – and they’re still coming at us with new regulations.’’

Farmers are like students, feminists and Antivaxxers, in that they are never happy.

As the climate deniers and climate minimalists continue to bleat that climate change is a socialist hoax, or pretend we can’t do anything, or factiously claim ‘the climate always change’ while they continue to spread spiteful disinformation and  malicious lies, the planet is melting…

World registers hottest day ever recorded on July 3

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Monday, July 3, was the hottest day ever recorded globally, according to data from the US National Centers for Environmental Prediction.

The average global temperature reached 17.01 degrees Celsius (62.62 Fahrenheit), surpassing the August 2016 record of 16.92C (62.46F) as heatwaves sizzled around the world.

The southern US has been suffering under an intense heat dome in recent weeks. In China, an enduring heatwave continued, with temperatures above 35C (95F). North Africa has seen temperatures near 50C (122F).

And even Antarctica, currently in its winter, registered anomalously high temperatures. Ukraine’s Vernadsky Research Base in the white continent’s Argentine Islands recently broke its July temperature record with 8.7C (47.6F).

…as the world melts, National, ACT, Groundswell and Federated Farmers are promising to do everything to undermine the very little the Greens/Labour have managed.

The level of denial over what is happening and where this is all going is beneath the challenge of the moment…

Damning report finds more than 400,000 New Zealand homes at risk of flooding

Newly released research has found more than 400,000 homes around New Zealand are at risk of flooding.

The report by NIWA and the University of Auckland found 441,384 residential buildings were in flood-prone areas, with a hefty estimated replacement value of $218 billion – a massive 12 percent of New Zealand’s housing value. 

…The Biggest Lie in NZ Politics is that NZ Dairy is the cleanest and greenest in the world when the reality is that it’s a cherry picked nonsense that leaves out pollution so NZ Dairy can get to the numbers to pretend to be clean and green.

Russel Norman’s take down of this Dairy propaganda on The AM Show recently was just ruthless…

“NZ is the biggest seller of a simple commodity called dried milk powder, the cheapest of the cheap, and if you look at what is happening in food production around the world they are looking for more environmentally sound food products.

They are looking for higher value products.

We’ve gone down the pathway of the lowest quality commodity you can produce in the world.

NZ is mid range in terms of its environmental cost per kilogram of milk solids, there is nothing special about it, and we do feed a small number of people compared to the billions on the planet and the economics is very clear that you can be just as profitable if you pull back on the stock rate, pull back on the amount of fertiliser and actually produce a higher product.

Organics is in fact doing incredibly well globally, so why don’t we become a producer of dairy rather than the producer of the cheapest commodity on the planet which results in us trashing our water ways and being big climate producers, that’s a better pathway isn’t it?

…he’s so right!

We always ignore that the 40million number is based on us selling milk powder as a base line ingredient filler for the manufactured food industry. The PR spin pretends it’s wholesome NZ cheese and milk and meat those 40million are eating when the truth is the vast majority of what we export is basic bitch milk powder used as a filler ingredient!

The Climate Crisis was some event we feared at the end of the century, what we are seeing is an unleashing of heat events well beyond what we feared.

There is just no plan to adapt to this new reality when it should be the driving force to begin immediate and radical adaptation for what is coming.

We have no comprehension of what is coming and we are simply not prepared for the age of consequences.

Watching National, ACT and Corporate Farmers use their economic and political muscle to avoid responsibility for what comes next can only be resolved by civil unrest and a campaign of civil disobedience against those interests.

Just consider how the Corporate Farming Lobby have managed to avoid any tax on their pollution since mid 2004!

They have pushed and pushed and pushed it off for 20 years!

National have already promised ANOTHER 5 year extension which will mean the agricultural industry have managed to stop any tax on their pollution for quarter of a century!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Claiming that NZs emissions mean nothing in comparison to China and India isn’t a justification to do nothing, it’s an acknowledgement that radical adaptation is the only move left because those Goliath economies have already doomed us to a dangerous climate change future!

The Left must force a bargain with Farmers for strategically essential reasons.

They are going to feed us when the famine comes.

A recent report on food security found NZ had incredibly low food security because it was so open market driven and refused to subsidise farmers.

Which is where we on the Left must drive the debate.

We should absolutely consider subsidising food grown by NZ farmers and horticulturalists and our seafood and meat and dairy that generates a 15% price reduction for all NZ produce consumed here.

Rebuilding a direct link between the harvest grown here, the people who grow it and a grateful local market who enjoy the product WITH a 15% price reduction.

Climate change will kill global free market supply chains, we are locked into hyper-regionalism. We need to build new economic structures, subsidising NZ kai for the domestic market would lock in certainty for producers while strengthening food security for the population.

We have to find new ways of working together to ensure we can survive what’s coming.

We are a nation of fatherless children raised by angry solo mothers, a low imagination horizon juvenile settler culture built upon stealing indigenous land and polluting it without restraint. A rugged individualism dependent on exploiting a low wage economy and rigging under-regulated capitalism for the rich.

The old greeds, the old hates and the old exploitations will no longer hold the system together if that system is melting in real time.

Super-rich warned of ‘pitchforks and torches’ unless they tackle inequality

Global elite told at London’s Savoy hotel of real risk of ‘civil disruption’ if more is not done to help struggling millions

This is the age of consequences.

They won’t be pleasant.

BTW – the planet is melting…

South-east Australia marine heatwave forecast to be literally off the scale

Australia’s south-east could be in for a marine heatwave that is literally off the scale, raising the prospect of significant losses in fishing and aquaculture.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a patch of the Tasman Sea off Tasmania and Victoria could be at least 2.5C above average from September to February, and it could get hotter.

Oceanographer Grant Smith said the colour-coded scale the bureau uses to map forecast sea surface temperature anomalies stops at 2.5C.

“We didn’t account for anomalies that high when we developed this … it could be 3C, it could be 3.5C, but we can’t see how high it goes,” he said.

 

 

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23 COMMENTS

    • “If only we had had a visionary Left government with a strong majority and capable leadership…” Ada

      We have the second part, but unfortunately not the first, or third part.

    • It would take a mass change of their party membership & political leaders for that to happen, as the saying goes hell is more likely to freeze over before that ever happens. It is also evident that the other choices are no better so it will be hold your nose & vote.

    • Fair call Ada. Id go further and say the stupid idiot “right” are short sighted wankers and labour have been gutless. I love the way Todd Mueller points out we must do something when he’s leaving. How noble.

      So what are all these regulations these groundswell a’holes are so upset about? We spent how many millions ( certainly north of 100) eradicating a virus that was continuously spreading because of a’hole farmers ignoring guidance. “Don’t tell us how to farm”. Great pay for it yourself then.

  1. Groundswell, the union for farmers.
    If only we had had a visionary Right Government with a strong majority, capable leadership, with a
    conscience. Oh well, dreams are free…

  2. Yes @ MB, externalities are not mentioned by dairy industry and rarely by politicians of any hue. Green wash on a national scale. Although environmentalists know all too well the hidden costs.

  3. The whinning will become a shriek if the dairy prices fall further. Falling revenue = less regulation = very bad for the environment.

  4. ‘Groundswell’ is an extension of an ancient Natzo script.
    Cockies are gaslighted to inflame the public if only to achieve self loathing which makes them vulnerable then the Natzo’s come riding to the rescue on a white donkey to save the day.
    What a fucking yawn. The same thing’s been going on for generations.
    Ask ‘Ground Swell’ what they think of forming a country wide Farmers Union instead? Be warned. Will cause flecks of spit to fly, such is the power of Gaslighting.
    The Banks use agriculture to generate the countrywide income they can then exploit once distributed via lending i.e. mortgages, heard of? Which forces farmers to adapt, or die. That means the cows who *shit are a bankers mechanism to rake in profits while the farmers the bankers exploit end up taking the blame. A perfect crime, one might argue.
    I beg you? I dare you. Try a counter argument please, fuckers.
    * You can farm shitless cows but their meat and milk always tastes a bit iffy then after a while they go cross eyed then fall over.

  5. “We have to find new ways of working together to ensure we can survive what’s coming.”

    I prefer the old Pasifikan ways…

    Collective farming on communal land owned by families. To feed families first with any surplus then going to market.

    Before the colonists stole land and water, then enshrined it in the westminster system of governance and law so indigenous people couldn’t get it back.

    If old Pasifikan times sounds like socialism, bear in mind our systems predate Marxist musings.

    It ain’t Maorification, it’s Pasifikanization. Spread the word!

      • They had a longer lifespan than that of someone living in Victorian era London, who had science, medicine, roads and Bridges.

  6. I find it amusing to watch the folk whose very existence and ‘I’m comfortable so you can just fuck off’ lifestyles that rely heavily on the worst product known for emissions, concrete, bitch at people who are surrounded by grass, trees and other C02 eating things.

    • Oh, the urban / rural divide is it Petty Barry? Well, that’s little ol’ NZ for you. Most likely similar elsewhere. Sure, urbanites’ lives are ruled by concrete, sealed roads, vehicles and increasingly flash flooding. Those pesky town planners and developers! Most city folk want alternatives. But its only on Country Calendar they see ethical farming. There is the impression I think that most dairy farmers are too busy chasing the white gold to pay much attention to the environment, unless its regulated. A bit harsh? Pinus radiata on land where it shouldn’t be? Water quality? Don’t get me started.

    • …you left out shit, mud and the endless monoculture which is ripe for a big fail – enjoy the payout this year – it’s just going to get worse as inputs inflate and outputs shrink. one drought away from losing it all. the pastural sector is so short sighted although there are some who are pushing away from industrial ag.

  7. ” Which is where we on the Left must drive the debate ”

    Bomber there just aren’t that many anymore.

    That was the whole point of the New Labour project.

    New meaning diluted social democrat non threatening business friendly New Labour social democrats that we have now with Mr Chipkins and his photo of Savage on his office wall.

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