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Live: Helen Clark @ Otago Uni

Big crowd of scarfies here with some usual suspects, Victor Billot of the Alliance and Stop the Stadium (obscure collective of CAVES), Pete Hodgson, the Greens.

Actually the place is bloody packed. Scarfies don’t seem to mind that her plane was delayed, but the jurno’s huddled seem bored/put out.(1:30pm) Continue reading


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How do you solve a problem like China – Peter? (well it almost rhymes)

This from stuff.co.nz today.

“United Future leader Peter Dunne has turned down a trip to China for the free trade deal signing to protest the treatment of Tibetan people”

Good for him, the only problem is that it’s political wanking (in public). You see he supports the Free Trade deal we are trying to broker with the Chinese, I would also assume that he’s a supporter of Chinese made products. I’m guessing there’s a MacPac Chinese “NZ” made product somewhere in one of his cupboards at home?

What bothers me about this whole China is so bloody naughty thing, is that we are simply being hypocritical about the whole deal. China should not be in Tibet – simple. But if we were serious about this, then to simply raise your fist at the next olympics in solidarity with the Tibetans (al la Mexico 1968 which was of course meaningful protest), is hypocrisy. Sure you have the right to say things are wrong, but you are there supporting the Chinese govt by participating in the olympics.

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John Key Bullshit #1-08

This morning on National Radio (30 Jan) John Key was pontificating about the glorious new policy on Youth Crime. He made some claim about the achievements of the youth boot camp run out of Waiouru. The presenter Geoff tried to correct him on a point, stating that they had the head of that program on earlier and the facts were that the boot camp numbers were declining due to the strong job market.

and this is classic, to that John Key’s reply was “I don’t accept that”.

What don’t you accept Mr Key, that the man running the boot camp was seeing numbers decline. Well that is a real shame that you don’t accept facts from the front line. One can only question the validity of the rest of their claims with regard to this policy, considering that Key doesn’t take into account the advice of those running the things.

I would have thought that a party that wants less govt involved in peoples lives, creating a strong job market in which private enterprise provides the means for keeping youth on the straight and narrow would have been the obvious choice, apparently not.

As for this crime wave that is sweeping the nation, by which he is implying is a youth problem, so far this year the murders committed haven’t all been perpetrated by youth, and a large number have been in fact once again domestic violence, with the majority of fatalities being women.

Further Key claimed that the family of the shop keeper killed in the weekend had their lives destroyed/devastated by the youth who had committed the crime. Once again by implication this crime wave and murders is a youth problem. Wrong Mr Key.

Once again do we mention the family of the young 15 year old boy who was killed by a 50 year old businessman for tagging. I wonder what turmoil that young man’s family is going through.

Mr Key is once again applying the over simplistic brush (not to mention false logic) of crime committed by youth = all crime is youth crime. Why because it’s easier to sell to the angry general public, and makes for better sound byte politics and youth becomes the political football de jour.

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This is brillant

This should be done in NZ for the next election, it is so simple it is brilliant.



Candidate match game

About the game
Polls suggest Americans are concerned primarily with a few key issues in the 2008 presidential election. USA TODAY researched candidate positions on those top issues — Iraq, immigration and health care — as well as a few others that may influence the election. We then came up with 11 multiple-choice questions that would help differentiate the candidates and their stances.

As you answer the questions, you can roll over each color bar below the candidates’ heads to find background on their positions. Your answers are matched with the positions of the presidential hopefuls to reveal the candidate (or candidates) closest to your views. The sliders on the right allow you to assign relative weights to match the importance that you place on each issue.

USA TODAY welcomes your feedback. Let us know in the comments below how you fared, which candidate aligns with you and how you liked the game.

This is it on it’s own.

have fun

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