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The Ardern Effect: A Disturbance In The Force!

Not so long ago in a galaxy not very far away….

A planet divided: Two factions battle for control: The Republic Alliance and the Democratic Independant Union. But behind the scenes, a dark power is manipulating both sides to instigate an all-powerful New World Order….

Readers familiar with my blogs will know of my fondness for comparing science fiction plots to real-world politics and conspiracies, so I was amused to see that New Zealand Labour Party’s new leader, the charismatic and much-hyped Jacinda Ardern, has now been compared to Star Wars character Princess Leia, in association with the phrase “A New Hope”:

Ardern Leia star wars

Not so long ago in a city, far, far away, Sam Sharpe held a sign different from all others.
That sign – a stencil picture of Jacinda Ardern as Princess Leia – was spotted among the hundreds of supporters who gathered to hear the Labour leader speak in Dunedin on Friday.
Ardern called out Sharpe’s name, thanked him for his artwork, and later posed for a photo with the artist.

Ardern, who was shown the Princess Leia ‘A New Hope picture’ before her Dunedin visit, said the work was “pretty flattering”.

It wasn’t the first time she had come across Sharpe’s work, with Ardern owning a stencil piece of Michael Joseph Savage.

“When she does her interviews it is always there behind her,” Sharpe said.
Sales of the Ardern prints had “gone bananas” and he was fielding sales request from all over the country.
The Princess Leia piece was easily his most popular artwork.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/96245638/Princess-Leia-Wonder-Woman-and-Jacinda-Ardern

So something becomes clear from the details. Jacinda Arden was already familiar with the work of this artist, and the placard in question has made a somewhat contrived and pre planned appearance. I’ve even noticed that Arden appears to be wearing a white robe in her new bill boards!

Ardern

But the Star Wars comparisons, as I hinted in the intro to this article, run deeper.

The Star Wars galaxy is initially controlled by two forces: the Republic and the Trade Federation. But a crafty senator is manipulating these powers to his own ends, instigating The Empire, which is opposed by  group of rebels known as the Alliance, who wish to re-instate the Old Republic.

Republic…Alliance? And does not the Trade Federation evoke comparisons to the DIU and their TPPA ?

Here’s George Lucas’s own explanation of the meaning of Star Wars:

“People who don’t play by the rules…”

Related:

Blue Vs. Red: NZ Opposition Accused Of Trying To “Bring Down” Australian Government!

Lots Of Hacking!

Thanks To Snafu. Nice one!

Trump Meets Pope: Picture Going Viral

 

I’m sure plenty will be having a crack at captioning this image of three smiling Trumps and a rather grumpy Looking Pope Francis.

Let me have a go:

“Nobody told me it was a Black Dress Event!”

Trump Meets Pope

Commentators have noticed the apparent difference from PF’s meeting with prior dignitaries, but as Time Magazine notes, it could be just all in the timing of the photo and some selective editing:

https://time.com/4792245/pope-francis-donald-trump-viral-photo/

 

Got Your Bunker Ready?

Russian Foreign Ministry’s Epic April Fool’s Day Prank

This is a Classic! Funniest part is that AP had to check if it was a joke or not!:

 

Russia is known for many things—communism, vodka and bizarre dancing, for starters—but one thing Russia is not well-known for is its sense of humor. Perhaps that’s about to change.

In what could go down as one of the most interesting April Fools’ Day pranks of all time, the Russian Foreign Ministry posted on its Facebook page an audio file that supposedly showed the agency’s new switchboard message.

The message begins with, “You have reached the Russian Embassy. Your call is very important to us.”

“To arrange a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent, press 1,” the recording continues (in both English and Russian). Users are then instructed to “press 2” in order “to use the services of Russian hackers.” For “election interference” requests, “press 3.”

The Associated Press reports—because, apparently, AP felt the need to check—it was able to confirm the recording was meant as a “joke.”

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized those in the United States who continue to play the “Russian card” to score political points, alluding to the Democratic Party. He also called the accusations of election interference made against his government “endless and groundless,” according to a report by CBS News.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/04/01/russia-trolls-democratic-party-in-epic-april-fools-day-prank/

A Farewell To NZ Politician John Key

(To anyone who doesn’t know, blue is the colour of the NZ National party, and John Key, ex PM, left parliement yesterday)

“My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue)”

My my, hey hey
Rock and roll is here to stay
It’s better to burn out
Than to fade away
My my, hey hey.

Out of the blue
and into the black
They give you this,
but you pay for that
And once you’re gone,
you can never come back
When you’re out of the blue
and into the black.

The king is gone
but he’s not forgotten
This is the story
of a Johnny Rotten
It’s better to burn out
than it is to rust
The king is gone
but he’s not forgotten.

Hey hey, my my
Rock and roll can never die
There’s more to the picture
Than meets the eye.
Hey hey, my my.

(Neil Young).

Image result for john key cartoon

Welcome To Hollyweed!

Washington (AFP) – The famed Hollywood sign high in the hills over Los Angeles got a little higher on Sunday, when someone altered two of its letters to make it read “Hollyweed.”

Police said unidentified thrill-seekers had climbed up and arranged tarps over the two letter “O’s” to make them look like “E’s,” CBS affiliate KCAL reported.

Each letter is 45 feet (13.7 meters) high, so the feat would have required not just bravado but considerable athleticism.

The daring act may have been taken in celebration of a measure approved in November, when California voters passed an amendment legalizing recreational use of marijuana.

A police spokesman said surveillance cameras might help them identify the culprit or culprits; the act was being treated as a case of misdemeanor trespassing.

It was not the first such incident since the sign was first erected in 1923 — at the time as “Hollywoodland” — to advertise a local real estate development.

Perhaps not coincidentally, the same lettering change to the sign was made exactly 41 years ago, when a California law relaxing penalties for marijuana use took effect.

That alteration turned out to be the work of a college art student, one Danny Finegood.

Along with friends, he later returned to the sign on Easter Day 1976 to make it read “Holywood,” and they changed it again in 1990 to read “Oil War” in protest of the Persian Gulf conflict.

Finegood’s original handiwork, which he considered an act of environmental sculpture, was done for an art class project, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Using $50 in sheets and ropes, he and three friends made the change — and Finegood received an “A” from his art teacher.

But while he might have inspired the latest act of hillside mischief, Finegood cannot be blamed for it. He died in 2007, aged 52.

Largely because of his work, however, Los Angeles officials increased security around the sign, installing a fence, alarms and eventually a closed-circuit surveillance system.

It is not clear how someone made it through those barriers Sunday, but Danny Finegood might well have admired their work.

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