I am not a pensioner yet, but this week is a “zero birthday” and I move up into another demographic classification point. I expect, unlike the boomer feminists, to have my retirement put off by regulation for another ten years or so, and any pension available then to be means tested. Or, if we get as nasty a correction as the figures suggest, for there to be no pension, and perhaps one superannuation confiscated by a bankrupt state. Such things have happened. At present, consistency is more important than panic: vote for sanity when you can, and provide for those in your family who are vulnerable.
All the rest is commentary.
The morning after the debate befoer
My beloved says that the debate was the best entertainment that she’s had all year. Better than any movie, more poetic that the best poem I have posted. She dislikes Jacinda: seeing her being taken down made led to glee. i was yelling at the TV whenever she mentioned what I do for a living as if she’s increased resources in that area (She has increased funding, but there has not been any sign of this at the coalface). And she’s damned with faint praise in the Guardian.
The opening leaders debate in the 2020 general election was somewhat lacking in spark. Of zingers, there were few; of fizz, there was little. It did not exactly cut and nor could it be said that it was generous in thrust. Only one of the leaders came to play. Collins was animated, hooting and scoffing hither and yon, but Ardern was tranquil as a lake, and just as flat.
Collins’s opening words were: “I never give up.” And she never wanted to shut up, either, as she gave a confident and spirited performance, and positioned herself as someone who understood the thwarted hopes of New Zealanders driven to the wall by the economic crisis caused by Covid-19, lockdowns, and border restrictions. Four hundred jobs were being lost every day. “I tell you what, John,” she kept saying, and one of the things she told him over and over is that she had experience as a small business owner. “I once was one.”
She treated the debate as a kind of autobiography in instalments. “My husband is Samoan.” And: “I’m the daughter of a Matamata dairy farmer.” Also: “The windows didn’t shut.” The latter was a reference to her childhood home.
Ardern divulged nothing about her personal life or background. She wasn’t interested in being interesting. The results of an opinion poll were released immediately prior to the debate and showed Labour comfortably in front; she was intent on showing the party was a safe pair of hands. She recited her government’s record these past three years, made earnest statements about the need to address climate change, and pledged her support for a living wage. There was vague talk of respecting people who “prefer to rent” than buy a house. Throughout, her manner swung from poised to supremely indifferent. It wasn’t a very big swing.
Kea noted that Mrs Collins called the PM (correctly) Miss Ardern. She’s not married. The father of her child was in Auckland, as was she, and went for an early run this morning. Probably to get some peace. She was not a happy bunny at the end of the debate, while Collins looked like a cat who had found a pint of cream.
Some great reports of spring activity out on the Gulf lately. I can smell the work ups from here. Wasnt sure what possesed me to go on this pre dawn jog, but the answer has revealed itself here. Stunning views over
Tāmaki Makaurau this AM. pic.twitter.com/MhrPqjKrQ2
— Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) September 22, 2020
Ardern thinks politics is not a blood sport. Historically, it is.
The librarian vandals
There are plenty of election signs being defaced, including some of the anti euthanasia ones. You can tell who the progressives hate. It appears that they hate books, and are starting on books published elsewhere. The Vandals did less damage.
Trashing more than 600,000 books is a pretty spectacular act of vandalism by any account. But that is what our National Library has started doing this week. This kind of wrecking takes time, determination and an absolute disregard for stories. Their rationale is that it is only books from other places (aka the Overseas Published Collection) and since they have to move into a smaller building to keep everything safe as houses, they won’t have as much space and so out the books go — to maybe some local libraries or prison libraries or charity sales. Which is what kind of model of curation? Their marketing spin is to make more space for Maori, Pacific and New Zealand stories, as if these live in a vacuum. As if no Maori, Pacific, New Zealand readers, writers and researchers are, or have been, interested in and influenced by the world beyond our borders, or a history before our time. We’re talking about, among other things, the Holocaust collection. Just, what?, the National Library? What are you thinking? And you literally and actually do not know the exact contents of what you’re trashing and couldn’t you at least digitise all of it before you start the slash and burn?
Otago Daily Times
This is why you have copies of the really important books in your life at home. You will need bookcases. I have a room for this, and so should you.
RBG and the meltdown
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed on Friday that whomever President Donald Trump nominates to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will get a vote on the Senate floor, signaling a historic fight in Congress over one of the most polarizing issues in American politics.
“President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate,” McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said in a statement Friday evening that sets GOP lawmakers on a collision path with Democrats, though the exact timing of such a fight — in particular how much of it would happen ahead of or after Election Day — was not immediately clear.
Senate Majority Whip John Thune, the number two GOP senator, backed McConnell, saying in a statement of his own, “I believe Americans sent a Republican president and a Republican Senate to Washington to ensure we have an impartial judiciary that upholds the Constitution and the rule of law. We will fulfill our obligation to them. As Leader McConnell has said, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the U.S. Senate.”
GOP aides are skeptical that there is enough time to confirm a nominee before November 3, given that Supreme Court nominees typically take two to three months to process, according to a review of recent confirmation proceedings.
But that process could be sped up if McConnell, who controls the majority of the chamber, has the votes to confirm a replacement, and there is enough time to confirm someone in a lame-duck session of Congress after the November elections.
David Farrar links to an euconium on Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Nihil malum and all that. I found that this was more apropos.
It looks like Cocaine Mitch is working the numbers and will get a nomination in this week or next. The democrats are talking about impeaching Trump and packing the court and challenging the election.
Politics is a bloodsport, and if you ragequit you lose.
Locally, Parliament is the ultimate court: there is no separation of powers. So the election here matters.
The coming boomercide
This is why you have kids and you raise them and you keep working a decade longer than you would otherwise. We have lost one parent: three are alive. They are not boomers, but silents, and they have kids. But a fair number of boomers either don’t have kids or have alienated them.
I would add: marry carefully and don’t get divorced. Raising kids solo (done it) is hard. A divorce puts you 15 years behind in your financial planning. You will need your kids.
According to census data, the rate of childlessness among boomers now in their 50s and 60s is close to 20%, twice what it was for women born in the late 1920s. And the divorce rate of those 50 and older has doubled since the 1990s, says Lynn Friss Feinberg, senior strategic policy advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. These demographic realities will have significant implications, experts say, as this generation reaches old age; the first baby boomers will turn 80 in 2026. They, too, will wake up to the fact that health and functional issues risk greatly limiting their mobility, and potentially grapple with isolation and loneliness. Both, experts say, are associated with heightened health risks including dementia, heart disease and early death. The physical isolation made necessary by the pandemic has only underscored the importance of connections.
Without family to step in, “solo agers will be particularly vulnerable in the years ahead due to a rapidly shrinking paid caregiver workforce, limited alternatives to nursing homes for those with physical or cognitive impairments and the real risk of social isolation,” says R. Sean Morrison, chair of the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System in New York.
US News and World Report
Social isolation is bad for you. Better to be around those you love. Name them as health advocates and ensure they know you are pro life which means against euthanasia.