Why I Don’t Sing The Maori National Anthem

The ceremonies before an All Blacks match are an essential part of setting the mood to enjoy the theatre. But many people sing along to the words of the Maori version of the national anthem without knowing what it means. I don’t sing the words to the Maori version of the national anthem because they are an insult to my people.

The God of Nations referenced in the English version of the national anthem is not the same as the God of Abraham. The English version of the national anthem was written by Thomas Bracken, a Freemason, and as such the God referenced is the true divinity beyond all cultures. It is not Yahweh, the God of the Jews.

Governor George Grey commissioned a Maori translation of Bracken’s poem in 1878. This was performed by Thomas Henry Smith, an English immigrant and a Christian. Being Christian, and following the Christian imperative to destroy all other spiritual and religious traditions, Smith took the opportunity to erase all reference to God in his translation and to replace it with reference to Yahweh.

“E Ihowā Atua”, from the first line of the Maori version of the national anthem, means “O Jehovah God”. The Ministry of Culture and Heritage informs us that  “‘Ihowā’ is the standard version of God (Jehovah) and was the one used by Smith.” In other words, Smith, a Christian, twisted Bracken’s nondenominational anthem into an entreaty to the God of the Jews.

Now why would I, as a person who does not worship Yahweh, sing an entreaty to the Jewish God?

As a Ngati Porou, being asked to sing a song about Jehovah is an insult. It was in the name of Jehovah that the spiritual traditions of the Maori people were destroyed and replaced with base superstition. Early Christian missionaries eradicated all knowledge of Io Matua Kore, the god of this part of the world, to replace it with knowledge of Yahweh, the god of a foreign land.

This was a great crime, and one which has never been acknowledged, much less made up for.

I would happily sing the Maori national anthem if it were replaced by a entreaty that praised Io Matua Kore instead of the God of the Jews. The Maori version of the New Zealand national anthem needs to be rewritten, preferably by a Maori and not an English immigrant, and in such a way that removes reference to the God of the Jews and replaces it with the God of Aotearoa.

Then I would sing the Maori version of the national anthem with pride.

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Neil Wagner And The Coming Golden Age Of New Zealand Cricket

Black Caps fans were disappointed to hear, last Sunday evening, that Neil Wagner had broken two toes batting in the first innings in the ongoing Test against Pakistan. The natural assumption was that the damage would prevent Wagner from bowling, and so the Black Caps were much less likely to win the match than they otherwise would have been. As it turned out, Wagner bowled 49 overs anyway, and the Black Caps won by 101 runs.

The win against Pakistan was important for a number of reasons. For one thing, it propelled the Black Caps to the No. 1 Test ranking for the first time in their history. For another, it meant that they still had a chance to make the World Test Championship final. But the main reason was spiritual.

There are many reasons why the All Blacks are infamously hard to beat. Their extremely high level of skill is one. The main reason, though, is will. The All Blacks go harder than any other team barring the Springboks. They and the Boks seem ready and willing to die to defend their line, a quality shared by no other teams. The All Blacks are even willing to play on with broken bones.

On the 1970 All Blacks tour of South Africa, Colin Meads played most of a match against East Transvaal with a broken arm. The near-demonic will necessary to do this has since become part of the All Blacks mythology. In the half-century since that tour, the All Blacks have built a winning record against every other side in the world, even the 3-time World Cup winning Springboks.

Part of the reason why the All Blacks are so good is their “aura”. This is the name given to the All Blacks egregore, which is powerful enough to influence games in its own right. This egregore has gained so much power because of feats like that of Colin Meads. Other teams don’t have players willing to play on with broken bones, which is why they keep losing to the All Blacks, who do.

When most Black Caps fans heard that Neil Wagner had two broken toes, they would have resigned themselves to a draw. Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner are fine bowlers, but it seems unlikely that they could take 20 wickets by themselves on a placid New Zealand pitch that would continue to flatten out.

That Wagner not only continued to bowl, but took 4-105, is a feat equal to that of Colin Meads half a century ago. Wagner has rightly been lauded for his influence on the outcome of the match, but the larger effect might be Wagner’s influence on the Black Caps’ egregore. The Black Caps are, now, also a team that fields players willing to play on with broken bones.

Wagner’s feat, and the subsequent Black Caps victory, may have created an egregore that is strong enough to win matches on its own. Every team that faces the Black Caps now knows that, as Wagner put it, their opponents would rather be carried off on a stretcher than lose. That is intimidation. That is an aura. That fact will create doubt in the minds of every team that gets ahead of the Black Caps in a match.

It’s also impossible to overstate the psychological effect that the Black Caps win will have on world cricket. The bar has now been set higher than ever before. Every cricketer in the world knows that, if they aren’t willing to bowl 49 overs on a broken foot, they don’t want it as much as the Black Caps do. Net bowlers the world over will tire and, thinking of Wagner, bowl for another hour anyway.

Thanks to the efforts of Wagner and others, the Black Caps are now the world’s leading cricket team.

What seems clear is that the Black Caps are about to enter the true Golden Age of New Zealand Cricket. From now until at least the retirement of Kane Williamson, the Black Caps will either be ranked No.1 or will be threatening it. They have a cadre of both batsmen and bowlers who will be able to perform at world-class level, and there won’t be mass retirements for at least one more World Cup cycle.

Over the next four to six years, the Black Caps will challenge in all conditions against all opponents. That they themselves believe they can do this has been ensured by Neil Wagner’s efforts this week. Both the Black Caps and their opponents know that not even broken bones are enough to stop the Kiwi pace battery. It will provide an invincible confidence.

This Black Caps side is already the No. 1 Test team in the world and easily the best squad that New Zealand has ever produced. The big question is whether they have what it takes to challenge Ponting’s Australia as the most complete side in living memory. The next four to six years should tell us.

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Clown World Chronicles: Entertainment In Clown World

Entertainment is more than just passing time. It’s essential for good mental health. If the entertainment stops, people start becoming bored. Boredom quickly turns to sadism, and sadistic conduct leads to a lower quality of life for all. Entertainment in Clown World is no longer gratifying, and that has led to a spate of psychological problems.

In short, the problem is that the entertainment industry has become pozzed.

Professional sports are the modern world’s equivalent to the circuses of ancient Rome. The primary purpose of both is to entertain a large number of people cheaply. Both the ancient Romans and the modern West quelled dissent by building large stadiums to hold gladiatorial contests. For both of them, this worked out great – for a while.

When people play sports at school, they often dream of coming to represent their nation, or at least their region. From these dreams came the sense of identification with a team or with a sport. That identification makes it possible for people to really enjoy the theatre of sporting contest.

Someone who understands a sport can derive a great deal of enjoyment from watching a match. The attempt to maintain your own team’s order, while simultaneously introducing chaos into the other team’s order, can be immensely entertaining for people with a developed dramatic sense.

Unfortunately, like so much else in Clown World, professional sports have been pozzed by politics.

Although many people follow the maxim that sports and politics don’t mix, those who would force their politics on other people have noticed the size of the platform that professional sports offers. For most of them, it’s too much of a temptation to resist. The same forces that have pushed politics into education, medicine and science have also pushed it into entertainment.

In recent years, the political content of sports broadcasts has increased. Politicisation had always threatened Clown World sports, but it erupted in 2016 when Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers American football team, started kneeling instead of standing for the pre-game rendition of the American national anthem.

Kaepernick explained: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” This move created a wave of protest both against and in favour. Pretty soon, people started forgetting about the sport, and focusing on the politics instead.

The politicisation of sport in Clown World might have hit a peak this year with many NBA players also choosing to take a knee during the pre-game national anthem. Even soccer players in England were drawn into showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement, either by taking a pre-game knee or by wearing the phrase on their matchday shirts.

Sports as far away as New Zealand have been pozzed by this trend. The logo of the Crusaders rugby team was changed in 2019, from a strikingly monochrome sword-and-shield-wielding Crusader to a design that looks like two dildoes glued together. Supposedly this was to appease the local Muslim community after the Christchurch mosque shootings in March that year.

The result of all of this politicisation is record low viewing figures. The three least-watched NBA finals matches since 1987 all took place in 2020. Major league baseball viewership also declined sharply this year. The mixing of politics with sport has seen people reject sport in general – a tragic irony if one considers that social sport is one of the best possible ways to build cultural bonds between different races.

The television and film industry has also been pozzed by the push for inclusivity. Although both television and film have been heavily influenced by politics from the very beginning – mostly owing to the propaganda potential of those media – things have become much worse in recent years.

From now on, you won’t be able to win an Oscar unless your film ticks all the diversity boxes. Films that aren’t diverse enough will simply be excluded from consideration. Even more blatant was when the British Broadcasting Corporation offered an internship that was only available to non-white people. White erasure is going full swing in Western film and television.

Finding alternative sources of entertainment to sports, film and television has not been easy. There was a brief window of time, near the end of the Golden Age of the Internet, when YouTube and FaceBook were the superior media. Today, thanks to the televisionisation of both, people have had to look even further afield for decent entertainment.

Video games haven’t escaped politicisation. Games like Tomb Raider, The Last of Us Part 2 and Dead or Alive have seen attempts to manipulate the developers into shrinking the size of the breasts on the female characters. Civilization VI has seen female characters shoehorned in at the expense of far greater male ones, such as Napoleon. Even tabletop card games like Magic: the Gathering are pozzed (although this happened more because of profit-seeking than politics).

The inevitable result of not being able to find gratifying entertainment is destructive boredom. There is surely a direct link between the current crapness of sports entertainment, film and television on the one hand, and the boredom-fuelled chaos that has seen several American cities crippled by riots on the other. The cost of the bread and circuses winding up in Clown World is social unrest.

The great thing about Magic: the Gathering is that you can literally gather with friends in a building somewhere and entertain each other by playing a game that doesn’t have advertisements or political statements all through it. Perhaps the solution to boredom in Clown World is to go back to the pre-radio era model, the pre-mass media model, where people from a certain area gather together to play cards, drink, sing, crack jokes and talk shit.

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Why The West Should Replace China With India

It’s apparent to all that the world is currently undergoing a strategic realignment. When the COVID-19 dramas have settled down, we will be left with a new set of alliances and global political arrangements. This essay will argue that the Western World should use this opportunity to replace the economic ties it currently has with China.

To a major extent, those who are powerful in the non-Western world are only so because of the favour of Western elites. China’s economic miracle is chiefly the result of the transfer of manufacturing capacity from the West since the early 1980s. After forty years of this, China has grown into a major world power.

In 1990, China had a smaller economy than Canada. Their GDP per capita was a pitiful $349 per year, putting them in the same class as Uganda, Mali and Rwanda. Today, China is second only to America by total economy size. Their GDP per capita is now in the same class as fringe Western nations such as Russia, Argentina and Bulgaria.

This development has brought with it great wealth, not only to China but also to their major trading partners. But with this wealth has come power, and with that power has come ambition.

China’s strategic goals in the South China Sea are evident: to take control of the entire region. As their economy continues to develop, their ability to actualise these goals increases. They are now wealthy enough to devote a vast sum of surplus capital to military outfitting and development. Some of this has been devoted to building artificial islands – rightly considered forward military bases – in the South China Sea.

Given that Chinese strategic goals often don’t align with ours, and that Indian strategic goals often do, it might be time for the West to make an immense pivot away from China and towards India. There are several reasons why this might be a good idea.

The most obvious strategic reason to replace China with India is the aforementioned military one. A close alliance with India would all but guarantee Western control over the Straits of Malacca, which is the jugular vein of Chinese shipping and trade. This would minimise the potential for China to get tempted into further expansionism.

Existing tensions on the shared border between India and China have flared in recent weeks. China has already moved a brigade’s strength of men into territory India claims as its own. This is an extreme provocation by any measure, if not an outright act of war. India’s response could lead to a wider conflagration.

If it does, it would be the perfect time for the West to throw our lot in behind India. Not only would it enable us to impose a collective will upon China in a weak moment for them, but giving assistance to India in their time of need would engender the greatest amount of long-term goodwill from their side.

More subtle are the economic reasons. China’s economy has advanced to the point where it is a competitor to the West in many ways, whereas India’s has not. Many Chinese firms have been able to drive Western ones out of certain markets by way of having a superior product. The general level of scientific knowledge in the Chinese population is now high enough that Chinese firms are likely to pose a consistent threat into the future.

It would be much better to co-operate with Indian firms, and to raise them to the level where they can compete with the Chinese ones, than to continue to raise Chinese firms so that they can compete with ours in the future. We can help India to adopt technology that both the West and China already have, at no strategic loss to ourselves.

As mentioned above, Chinese GDP per capita has increased sharply in recent decades. Today, it is over twice as high as the GDP per capita in India. This has brought with it increasing expectations of living standards, such that India now offers better opportunities to employ cheap labour. Factories could be set up in India at competitive prices.

The greatest reasons to pursue an alliance with India at the expense of China are cultural.

India is culturally superior to the West in several ways. Here we are not merely talking about lamb saagwalas. Their compassion for animals is such that India has more vegetarians than the rest of the world put together. This compassion is a feature of Dharmic religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism.

The sadistic Abrahamic religions have no such restrictions, and neither does Chinese culture with its hellish wet markets. As such, there is an opportunity for us in the West to learn from Indian culture and from the Indian approach to life, and to use its inspiration to better ourselves.

The Indian spiritual culture fills a need in the Western soul for answers about how to morally conduct ourselves in this life. This is not to claim that all Indians conduct themselves perfectly, or even better than Westerners do on average. It is merely to suggest that there is great value to Westerners in the spiritual traditions of the Indian people, in particular Buddhism and Hinduism.

Because India has cultural advancements that we in the West ought to learn from, there is the possibility of genuinely reciprocal trade. We have scientific, technological and commercial knowledge that they would benefit from learning, and they have spiritual knowledge that we would benefit from learning. It would be a two-way exchange.

A further point relating to culture is the shared love of cricket. That cricket is popular in India as well as in Britain, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand means that men from all of these places have a shared bond, and this naturally allows for some degree of solidarity. After all, it’s through sport that men learn to conduct themselves in wartime, and men bonded in such a fashion are bonded deeply.

No such bond is shared with China.

In summary, an entire spectrum of reasons suggests that the West ought to take the economic bonds that tie us to China, and to replace them with bonds that tie us to India. This would not only make a great deal of natural sense, but it would also strengthen the strategic position of the West deep into this century.

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