Thank you Damian for a very enjoyable post and video clips.
Forgive me Richard in that I cannot quote sources, but I know from much reading around medical and complementary health and other sources that what I say is correct. If you listen to National Radio even, you will hear at times that the incidence of even auto-immune Type 1 Diabetes has increased by 10-15% in the last 20 years.Similarly with Cancers, other auto-immune diseases. Just listen, look.
[I retired from GP Practice in 2015 after nearly 50 years work:in hospitals,Anaesthetics, FPA, Student Health Service, ED then GP]
Also, don't accept so easily that life expectancy will continue increasing because it has increased so far.
For reasons of poor diets and environmental toxins of all sorts [and bacterial resistance to antibiotics], people are more unwell now than before. Thus Type 11 diabetes in children and teens .. and there will be a limit on renal dialysis or kidneys available for transplants.
"Our" life expectancy is likely to begin decreasing fairly soon, certainly good Quality of Life [QOL].
And Climate Change will have its own hazards.
I don't want to sound so negative .. I just think what I say is real.
I think it takes some courage to commit one's ideas on to this Public Address site.
Responses to essay contributions and comments can be very acerbic or even contemptuous.So well done, and good luck.
The terrible, frightening Trump is likely to win because so many possible Hillary voters can't vote: voter registration difficulties+++ for black Americans; boundary changes etc.
So many Republican Senators are every bit as determined to get elected/re-elected by whatever means as they are to support Trump's election..
Is this in part an endeavour to counter the End Of Life Choice Bill currently before the Health Select Committee?
- so the populace won't know of deliberate peaceful exits from Life?
Also, the land south, and north of Auckland is good horticultural land... we need to eat.
All past cities and empires eventually fell because they could not feed themselves from nearby .. or have enough water.
Auckland is crazy to consider expanding into these productive areas.
I remember that a number of large Head Offices trans-located from Wellington to Auckland in the 1990's and early 2000's. They weren't manufacturers/exporters.. but they took very many jobs away and Wellington has not recovered. Plus earthquake risk is considerably greater that active Volcano activity.
expects their children, close friends and colleagues to call them “sir”.
Certainly, children calling their parents "sir" and ma'am" is common in the USA [according to films etc].
Just a comment in respect of "King Charles of New Zealand":
Charles is only unpopular be cause he is not handsome and his ears stick out way too much and his parents did not get them cosmetically changed when he was a boy, poor chap.
He cares about the environment and shows it in words and some actions. He is the "most progressive" of the British Royal Family ever.
Presidents around the world do not inspire me to think that getting rid of this harmless figurehead for an elected one is a good idea.
Re the Flag: it is historic for this country and looks quite good flying.
I would have preferred something along the Hunderwasser one, but certainly 'PLACE" is what it should represent some day when or if we are a Republic.