16 October 2020

I saw the debate last night, and I can confirm that Ardern said that she would resign if she loses. She then said that we should party vote Labour so she does not win. There is a certain hubris in this, and when I look at the Herald and ODT, it has been memory holed almost instantly. Kea was monitoring social media, and noted that the response was pretty nasty.

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Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says she won’t stay on as leader of the Opposition if National is elected to Government, but is committed to completing a full second term should she be re-elected.

On Thursday, Ardern and National leader Judith Collins went head-to-head in the final leaders debate before Saturday’s election.

The debate followed a TVNZ-Colmar Brunton poll result showing Labour ahead on 46 percent and Ardern well in front as preferred Prime Minister.

But should she be ousted by National and Collins, Ardern said “no” when asked if she’d stay on as leader of the Opposition. She said, however, a win would see her complete a full three-year term as Prime Minister.

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I was awake in the watches of the night. I was peaying that we are spared from the so called liberals, who will try to make Ardern reneg on her promises (which she does not want to do) and raise taxes, decrease economic activity, prolong the worse depression I will see in my life, and micro-regulate the place. Christianity will be deemed hate speech.

Then I prayed for mercy, for we have a PM who rejected God so she could be nice to everyone (and is not). She is the high priestess of woke. She is for abortion and euthanasia. We deserve the correction of the Almighty. And this elite will not listen.

Deuteronomy 17:14-20

14 “When you come to the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell in it and then say, ‘I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me’, 15 you may indeed set a king over you whom the Lord your God will choose. One from among your brothers you shall set as king over you. You may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. 16 Only he must not acquire many horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall never return that way again.’ 17 And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold.

18 “And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the Levitical priests. 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, 20 that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.

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1 Peter 5:1-5

5 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility towards one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

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It is not as if we don’t have interference. Facebook has banned Advance NZ, a party which right now (the election finishes on Saturday) has an MP[1]. The times are going to be very hard., regardless of who wins. The duties of a king or an elder are to protect and lead, but to not be distracted. By fame. By the lust for glory. By the need to acquire wealth.

I think we are having a dead cat bounce, driven by the lowest mortgage rates we have seen. Your bank deposit gets you less than 1% interest a year and the nominal inflation rate is 2%. I don’t think it is that low. I keep track of the costs of steaks from the local butcher. They are going up — and we live in an area where there are plenty of cattle and sheep. We have lost our tourism industry and mining and oil and we could lose moch of our farming because the greens want everything clear. A toxic brew of policy is coming, and there are people who think it will be wonderful.

That was an especially creepy thought, because who knew when that was going to be? Was it next week? Next year? It was certainly going to happen, but when?

Lovecraft may be long dead, but our current economic situation makes me think that we’re living in what I’m calling the Cthulhu Collapse. It’s a collapse that’s out there, frozen as the guy who went to absolute zero – but don’t worry about him, he’s 0 k. Just because the Cthulhu Collapse isn’t living and breathing right now doesn’t mean it’s not real.

It’s just waiting for the stars to align.

[The Good Wilder lists a bunch of bad economic indicators]

Do I think the economy is in serious trouble? I do. I’ve said that for years, and this is nothing but an acceleration of trends that were already in place. The general consensus is that the printing presses should go into overdrive to print more money to give to people: this is nearly the only thing that nearly every politician agrees on in 2020.

Part of the problem is that so much of the money is sloshed into the stock markets in ways that aren’t at all clear. This is on purpose. How many dollars have been pumped into the market to keep it stratospheric? It’s not a coincidence that this is the year that the billionaire class has seen the biggest gains ever in their wealth. Elon Musk alone gained enough money this year to buy Albania. I’m hoping he reforms the Albanian Navy – their submarines have to resurface every two minutes so the rowers can breathe.

Never forget that which cannot go on, will not.

So, in the middle of the night I said to Kea that the budget needs to be tightened if Labour gets in because I will be paying a few hundred dollars a week more in tax. She said that was on the plan already.

The cars will stay at home. We will bike.

We don[t eat out much now because no one serves meat without sides.

And we will survive. God help those who have taken on debt for fear of missing out. And God help the children of this generation of woke leaders, who are learning it is OK to quit.

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1. Jamie Lee Ross. Who was a bit of a pussy hound. He will be gone by Sunday.