While I am cautious about most forms of FTA, I can see that benefits accrue when the partners of the FTA are of approximately similar-sized economies. But when there is a significant imbalance in the size of the economies the agreements always tend to favour the larger economy, to the overall detriment (compared with agreements between similar-sized economies) of the smaller economy partner.
Consequently I would have been cautiously in favour of an agreement before the inclusion of Japan and USA, and would prefer that Australia, too, was excluded. It would allow a grouping of smaller but similar-sized economies which could work cooperatively in a global market-place. With these huge economies participating it seems likely to end up with them subsuming the smaller ones.
And I get really nervous when politicians tell us to 'relax'. It is that patronising 'we know best' attitude, when really I don't believe they do.
keeping the well-understood drug illegal and preparing to approve new ones
This is what has bugged me about the whole 'synthetic cannabis' scare. Most of the synthetic versions are dangerous, or have appeared to cause dangerous effects, yet the actual cannabis itself is relatively benign (overconsumption of super-strength strains by vulnerable individuals notwithstanding). Why not go with the better-understood natural version?
And do all the synthetic strains taste as bad as the one I tried? It was rank, compared to real cannabis leaf/bud.
Oh, we must always question him. Incessantly, until he "leaves the building".
So...it's a cross that is also a gate?
Reminding me of the one about the Catholic god who is The One God, but is also, at the same time, 3 gods and, at times, a biscuit.
We did just the same when building our place, so we have an electric oven and gas hob. As you say, a full bottle lasts 'ages' (8+ months at a guess), you get the instant temperature control & all the benefits. Just make sure you've got a spare, full bottle of gas around for when it runs out. Takes me about 3min to swap bottles & get back to the kitchen.
Thank you, Emma, for this.
Given that we have a sizeable population of parents who are extremely uncomfortable talking to their childeren about sexual matters, I feel it is important that they get a realistic depiction of sex rather than relying on the plasticised 'internet porn version'.
Your point about the internal narrative and the doubts and fears that abound is well made. It's a shame all parents aren't as sensible about these topics.
The car-ownership figure will also be distorted by how poor the public transport is in most places in NZ. At least the larger urban centres with some decent provision of public transport can allow people to dispense with car-ownership. Not so easy in almost any rural setting.
That link about Metiria Turei seems to be mis-represented. She's only asking that the Race Relations Conciliator do some investigating which is not the same as 'demanding prosecution'.
(Apologies if I have missed something in my quick once-through of the linked post.)
It’s yet another symptom of the nation being run from a golf cart on a country club green, instead of Parliament.
Me & my golf buddies reject your portrayal of golf. None of us would run the country in as authoritarian and right-of-centre manner.
Besides, you'd get shot for taking your golf cart onto 1 of the greens.
Maybe we just don't all earn enough - well, most of us.
If you restrict that to money that is truly 'earned', then I think it is a fair proposition & doesn't need the final caveat.
Get all that un-earned income out of the equation - that actual workers are not paid well enough.