Good to hear the fundraiser went well! Those of us with family members with autism will welcome this new addition. My brother-in-law is now in his early thirties and severely autistic. In the 1970's there wasn't much help around, let alone recogntion of the condition. Thanks Russell.
Yeah, you are right Hadyn, I need to chill out!
Thanks Tony, good stuff you are pointing at. As I said debate is good. I don't think the Don Christie's of the world are very helpful though. I'll look into your reasoning. By the way, what's wrong with doing research on the internet, that's where a lot of credible information is posted after all.
The Global warming debate won't go away. There's still too much science to be discussed. The recent UN report is very controversial and somewhat biased. Just look at the presumption that CO2 is the cause of much of the problem.
Here's a slightly peculiar sight to illustrate this:
Gases do move up in tha air (wind currents etc). Things float, as we know. But CO2 will eventually fall to earth.
This is an interesting experiment showing just the point that C02 is heavier than air. And remember once CO2 settles (and eventually it will), the nature of sea water deals with CO2 very efficiently. Carbon dioxide dissolves in sea water.
The point is, don't be so adamant that the science is settled on this Climate change issue. There are lots of unanswered questions and many scientists agree on this. Just because one BBC doco seems a bit rusty, doesn't mean we can't still debate this sensibly...right wing bloggers and all!
Brian Tamaki is a misguided and sad (and maybe even dangerous) individual.
"Tamaki told his followers that New Zealand's government will soon be upon the shoulders of Jesus Christ."
Unfortunately governments still have to be administered by people who have never shown the ability to be quite as good as Jesus would be in governing!
Perhaps Russell is onto something being down at the pub with sodomites and epicene woman. Jesus may have been there too...perhaps Brian might like to join them.
Craig actually has a good point. You seem a little 'down' on the Americans at present. Probably rightfully so, but don't be blinded by the odd huge cock-up and mistakes. I would rather put up with some errors of judgement by the Americans than to have been occuppied by a brutal culture (Japan) in the 1940's or have Nazis in charge of Europe continuing their carnage of ethnic minorites etc.
No form of government is perfect, but at least democracy allows good checks and balances.
John Key best start thinking for himself and not let the spin-doctors who ruined Brash lead him by the nose. He will get into bog of his own making on this 'under-class' issue. Perhaps he could quietly ask the Teachers who see the kids each day what is going on?
As far as charity goes, there's plenty of people out there working hard with no thanks for others in need. People got to wanna give anyway. John Key telling us to give won't help.
I think Iraq could become an 'Islamic threat". Sure, it wasn't before the US led invasion, but that was only because "Islamists" had a solid base elsewhere; Pakistan, Afghanistan. Iran too, but they would never admit to it after the 'for us or against us' threat from Bush. Obviously you are trying to be confrontational to suggest invading all Islamic countries. I have been to a number and have honestly enjoyed the sense of community that these societies have; much stronger cohesion than we in the West enjoy.
Graham made me think, once again, that those who lived though the Vietnam saga and watched the USA weaken from within, are exactly those who should be able to see that this Iraq situation is not anything like Vietnam. Vietnam was ideological, Iraq is religious. Vietnam was not an insurgency by a death cult, Iraq is. Communism never had the reach to destabilise capitalism and it's politics, Islam has the means and demographic in Europe and Asia to install fanatic ultra-fascist regimes everywhere.
The Democrats, now of a similar demographic to Graham, are deliberately confusing the US public and should know better. Kerry was saying a number of months ago that more troops were needed. Suddenly, Bush says it, and it's nonsense. I have yet to hear a good argument about how to deal with the Islamic threat from the Left, or don't they think it exists?