Go us indeed. And this is what scares me about the prospect of Key and Mapp taking over the foreign policy reigns.
Would they stand staunchly in favour of strong conditions, as the Government is doing?
What does the following mean in terms of direction?
...meet[ing] with the US Administration, and consult informally with
our friends in Congress, to see how we might move forward
on defence cooperation, intelligence arrangements, climate
change, effective counter-terrorism strategies, and a wide
range of other issues where there are common interests.
While there is a lot that makes sense in the National Party's defence discussion document (pdf), at least from an small power-realist perspective, however the direction isn't entirely clear, apart from to say that New Zealand should focus more on security and trade. The imprint of the authors, Groser, Mapp and Hayes is obvious - I guess we just have to expect that foreign policy will follow their tendencies.
National's foreign affairs policy is still unreleased, weeks out from the election.
One of the worrying signals is that the United Nations is only mentioned once in the entire 19 page document, and then only in terms of international poverty reduction - which is then dismissed as lesser to security aid, "Africa" is described as an intractable problem, and the island Pacific is painted as an 'arc of instability'. There is no mention of how New Zealand might work with international organisations for international security, and many other things that need discussion in a defence and security context are conspicuously absent.
Hmmm. Surely these issues are as important as when Winston Peters took money from businessmen?
Here's more photoshop-truthiness about Palin. For the lolz, of course.
I don't have any idea about the truth of the matter (status of the child), but I can tell you that the truth of the matter is likely to quickly come out. Secrets are hard to hide when you're a prominent personality in a very small town.
My favourite pic of Palin so farso far
Teh kitteh luvs Palin.
By comparison to most here, I was a late adopter.
My first time on the internet was at MOTAT, the museum of science and technology, in 1996. There was an exhibition of various amazing technologies, and the internet was one. I was a 12 year old at the time, and I was interested in cars, so plugged in the address for Ferrari. After about a minute the page came up, and I attempted to watch a short video clip, with no idea about how ridiculous that idea was at the time. Twenty minutes later, about 30 seconds of a car racing round a circuit had been downloaded, in quality that makes YouTube look like cinema.
It wasn't until 1998 that I used the web again, and by then everything seemed fast, efficient, and usable. By 2000 I was living on the internet.
why should we lead the world with the emissions trading scheme?
We're not. The European Union has been running an emissions trading scheme for 3 years now. That's 27 nations we're not leading. And Australia is literally only months behind and intends to release draft legislation late this year to become law in 2009.
We have a completely different set of emissions sources than Australia, and a different set of priorities and needs. The idea of signing our climate policy over to Canberra seems like not a particularly good idea. Our trading market is large enough to work effectively (and as I understand it the new legislation includes the right to trade internationally anyway - although I'd like to confirm whether this is the case).
"the Maori Party wouldn't go with Don Brash (but did)"
The last 3 years of Maori Party- National Government have been better than I expected.
People, the election has already been decided. Diebold accidentally leaked the results.
Rich, if they can demonstrate that the RAM or satanist membership was interfering with their duties (as the EPMU would likely have been able to at some stage), then as I understand it they would have a good case to ask the person to deal with the situation, and if no improvement is forthcoming then to dismiss them. But that's not what's being fought over here. The EPMU alleges breach of employment agreement, and the other side alleges the agreement was unlawful anyway. There are of course other complications, but that's the heart of the matter as I understand it.
Idiot/Savant blog has not allowed comment for a long time so consquently I only read it every couple of days
Thank god. He shut them off before it became a sewer - not an easy choice, and I detect a hint of resentment when he talks about commenters on other sites that lower the standard of argument.
I'm of the opinion that most sites would be better without comments, frankly. Reading them is usually a complete waste of time, and detracts attention from the article in question. If you have a response, get a blog and write your arguments out well, rather than scrawling them down.
That said, there are obviously places where I feel that commenting is worthwhile for all involved!