I’d rather be biking

I’m on the 6th and final day of the Alps to Ocean cycle trail.

I’d rather be biking than discussing the election result but welcome your thoughts.

4 Responses to I’d rather be biking

  1. pdm says:

    Head down, bum up and keep pedalling HP – the sun will still rise in the East tomorrow.

    Something for you to ponder though is a question mrspdm just asked me. Why did so many farmers appear to abandon National for Labour even after said Labour kicked them in the teeth so many times in the last 3 years.


  2. homepaddock says:

    PDM – Pedalled to the end. I think some thinking National couldn’t win they’d vote red to keep the Greens out.


  3. murrayg1 says:

    That’s old thinking, old as FPP.

    The young are realising they were gypped. And the articulate young are mobilising, with a narrative that makes even Labour look dinosaurish. And it makes National look like a museum-piece; an ideology past its use-by date.

    What we did, for a brief 200 years and exponentially-inflected from 1945ish, was extract parts of the planet, process and consume them, and not complete the circle (let alone mitigate disposal adequately – look at all the unlogged farm ‘pits’). This process has resulted in a baking planet, oceanic plastic soups, mass extinctions (munankind and their animals now account for 97% of vertebrate biomass; wildlife is effectively extinct) and a human population in gross overshoot.

    Sure, a generation or two benefited, particularly the elite (and NZ is essentially elite). But is could never last, so isn’t. Debt-issued money is in trouble (not enough planet and energy to repay it) as are those who chose to bet on the future getting ever-bigger (for ever and ever, amen), If that includes some farmers, tough. Some of us have been warning for some time – treated arrogantly by those now crying foul.

    And it gets more interesting; the Green election crowd was young – amazingly young. And 3 more years of BB’érs will be shuffling off this mortal coil before the next count. It will almost certainly further the trend – this is intergenerational.

    We live in interesting times. If anyone reading this is interested in really learning, this id the most prescient presentation I’ve come across:

    It rewards careful perusal. Someone should put it under Jaqui Dean’s nose…..


  4. murrayg1 says:

    More likely rural females (and it’s too non-PC a though to get any discussion) voted for someone who kept them ‘safe’. Nobody will disseminate the voting that way, sadly. But for all our recent veneer of civilisation, we are essentially a cave-brain species; haven’t had time to adapt. Security for young-rearing is strong and endemic. Men are conditioned to take more risk – via hunting.

    I was wondering what the Nat spin would be, though. Chuckle.


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