Once upon a time

Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, June 4th, 2017 - 43 comments
Categories: climate change, Gerry Brownlee, global warming, national, us politics, useless - Tags: , , , , ,

Once upon a time this country stood up to America and said no to nuclear weapons. Now we dare not say yes to saving the planet.

43 comments on “Once upon a time”

  1. Ed 1

    Once upon a time New Zealand politicians were not slaves to neoliberalism and New Zealand was not a vassal state to large corporations.

    Once upon a time.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1

      Your narrative needs work: after all, it was the first Neoliberal government (Lab4) that put the nuclear free policy in place.

      Lab5 foreign policy was to follow UN resolutions.

      You accusations certainly fit the National Party, for Labour it’s not quite so simple.

      • Ed 1.1.1

        Yet NZ Labour cannot or will not disavow neoliberalism.
        It might want to pay attention to what is happening in the UK. Advocating a socialist manifesto is popular.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.1.1

          Depends what you mean by neo-liberalism I suppose. UK Labour, for example, promotes itself as (among other things) fiscally responsible. NZ Labour intend a massive government intervention in the housing market.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.2

          Labour has always supported capitalism and has worked to save capitalism from itself. With this built in mindset it cannot do what’s needed – get rid of capitalism.

          • Stuart Munro 1.1.1.2.1

            It might be sufficient to remove the privilege presently enjoyed by financial institutions – these are behind most of the worst ‘reforms’ Douglas foisted upon us.

        • Adrian Thornton 1.1.1.3

          @ Ed+1
          Turn Labour Left!

  2. Glenn 2

    Lab3 got off their bums and showed the courage of their convictions….

    New Zealand was involved in ongoing protest over French nuclear testing from the mid-1960s, when France began testing nuclear weapons in French Polynesia. Mururoa (or Moruroa) Atoll became the focal point for both the tests and opposition to them. Greenpeace vessels sailed into the test site in 1972, and the following year the New Zealand and Australian governments took France to the International Court of Justice in an attempt to ban the tests. France ignored the court’s ruling that they cease testing.

    The third Labour government, led by Norman Kirk, responded by sending two navy frigates, HMNZS Canterbury and Otago, into the test area, with a Cabinet minister on board. Prime Minister Kirk put all his Cabinet ministers’ names into a hat and drew out the name of Fraser Colman, the minister of immigration and mines. He sailed from Auckland on 25 June aboard the Otago, which carried a crew of 242. A month later the ship was at Mururoa, and those on board witnessed the first atmospheric test. Fraser Colman transferred to the Canterbury when it arrived to relieve the Otago on 25 July, and he and the crew of the Canterbury saw the second French atmospheric test on Mururoa. These protests achieved some success: in 1974 the new French president, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, ordered that the tests move underground. With testing continuing, however, Mururoa remained a focus of anti-nuclear protest
    https://nzhistory.govt.nz/politics/nuclear-free-nz

    I remember the ships leaving and even though I wasn’t Labour at the time felt proud that NZ was standing up and making it’s voice heard….even if other countries chose to ignore us.

  3. Weaklings will be weak and Gerry is a bully too so he’ll be scared of Don and rex. Bill is not with it – too slow, drawling and drooling, may as well put a sheep in.

    Once upon a time indeed

  4. Tony Veitch (not the partner-bashing 3rd rate broadcaster 4

    Oh for a government that would, to coin a phrase, ‘get some guts’ (now who on earth said that?) and tell Tillerson and Trump that this country, along with most of the rest of the sane world, do not agree with Agent Orange’s climate denial!

    In pixie land, maybe even refuse to meet the oil baron who speaks for the POTUS idiot?

  5. Incognito 5

    National and Brownlee will show the typical spineless spin that we have become so accustomed to, e.g. the long and deep ‘friendship’ between the two nations blabla. It will be more of ‘once upon time the poor primed the pump for the privileged’, i.e. steady as she goes – the election is getting closer.

  6. Tautoko Mangō Mata 6

    What is the reason for this visit by Tillerson? Gerry Brownlee is being PAID to be our representative.

    • Incognito 6.1

      Brownlee has not read his Job Description(s); he thinks he’s working (only) for National.

  7. They are quite different things.

    Saying no to nuclear weapons being brought on ships into New Zealand waters was a bit idealistic but it was a popular stand.

    The US is not trying to bring climate science ignorance here on ships. Or via Tillerson, who happens to have acted in support of the Pris agreement not long ago.

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed an international declaration highlighting the importance of the Paris Agreement in tackling climate change Thursday, even as the Trump administration considers withdrawing from the agreement.

    The Fairbanks Declaration was adopted at the meeting by the members of the Arctic Council, which includes countries with territory in the Arctic such as the United States. It states that “the Arctic is warming at more than twice the rate of the global average, resulting in widespread social, environmental, and economic impacts in the Arctic and worldwide,” and points to “the pressing and increasing need for mitigation and adaptation actions and to strengthen resilience.”

    http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/12/politics/tillerson-climate-change-fairbanks-declaration/

    Standing up to Trump’s ignorance is probably about as pointless and futile a stand a country like New Zealand could make.

    • Incognito 7.1

      You seem to be having the wrong end of the stick; it is not about ignorance

    • Ad 7.2

      What’s your measure for standing up to anything then?

      Is it: whether it affects you personally or not?

      Or: we’re too small to make a difference?

      Or: climate change doesn’t have any principles in it to defend?

      Or: I can’t currently detect brain stem activity?

      • Pete George 7.2.1

        New Zealand is a part of the Paris Accord along with most other countries, it’s a fairly weak stand on climate change but at least it’s positive.

        If a New Zealand government proposed to withdraw from the Paris Accord I’d make a strong stand, but I don’t think the NZ position will change markedly.

        Trump is withdrawing the US from the Paris Accord, something he apparently has the authority to do. That decision is nothing to do with New Zealand. There is nothing for us to make a stand against.

        There is no dispute between the US and NZ on this, we are now following different paths as is each country’s decision.

        The best thing we can do is let the US try to deal with it’s own climate policy mess, and I think that targeting Tillerson for protests is futile and a wast of time and an unnecessary distraction.

        What do you think New Zealand could achieve by ‘standing up’ to the US on this?

        • One Anonymous Bloke 7.2.1.1

          Among other things, self respect. You may have heard of it, or seen it from a distance.

          • Pete George 7.2.1.1.1

            Is that what one feels when one admits making a mistake claiming that increasing tax thresholds doesn’t amount to a tax cut?

            • One Anonymous Bloke 7.2.1.1.1.1

              Is that what I claimed? Funny, I could have sworn I pointed out that the normal usage of the term “tax cuts” does not apply when governments, of the left or right, change tax thresholds.

              No. wait, I did claim that. Anyone would a modicum of self-respect would be able to argue the point without lying.

              • I could have sworn you said:

                vote…for tax cuts

                Did I miss something? I heard they voted for changes to WFF and tax thresholds, not for the tax cuts.

                Link please.

                Andrew Little – Last Labour PM of NZ?

                From the budget:

                From 1 April 2018, the $14,000 income tax threshold will increase to $22,000, and the $48,000 threshold to $52,000.

                Increasing the bottom two tax thresholds provides greater rewards for low and middle income earners

                https://www.budget.govt.nz/budget/2017/family-incomes-package/changes-to-tax-thresholds-independent-earner-tax-credit.htm

                They’re not actually rewards, it means that the Government takes less tax off you. As a number of others pointed out to you, that effectively constitutes a tax cut – for anyone earning more than $14,000.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  Yes, you boring petty unoriginal tosser. People have already said that.

                  Whereas the common usage of the phrase “tax cut” means that one or other of the rates of taxation changes.

                  Of course, that won’t stop tiresome gobshite like you parroting whatever lines you’ve sponged up from third parties, and so what.

                  • The common usage of ‘tax cut’ is a reduction in tax. Like:

                    Dr Cullen appears to be still stinging from the public’s reaction to his “chewing-gum tax cuts” of 2005, when he raised the income thresholds for taxation by such a tiny amount that the average worker received only 68c a week.

                    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/332828/Cullens-tax-cuts-smaller-than-Nats

                    And like:

                    The tax cut programme will deliver:

                    – A new low tax rate of 12.5 per cent
                    – A lifting of the 21 per cent threshold by $10,500 to $20,000
                    – A lifting of the 33 per cent threshold by $4,500 to $42,500
                    – A lifting of the 39 per cent threshold by $20,000 to $80,000
                    – A boost to the Family Tax Credit and an increase to the Working for Families Tax Credit income threshold from 1 October, worth $14 per week for a family with two young children on the average wage.

                    “This tax cut programme should hopefully provide some relief from the current increases in the cost of living, although for many families they will not compensate for them totally.

                    https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/tax-cuts-all-workers-1-october

                    Overall rates of taxation are changed by either or both of changing thresholds or changing rates.

                    • Incognito

                      I think this should be taken to OM.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      More regurgitation of stuff Muttonbird and Karen already said. Do you think plagiarising them is going to add any weight to their arguments? On the contrary, the fact that you agree with them reduces their credibility by a considerable amount, because you are a petty boring tosser without a single original opinion of your own.

                      If you want a further response, simply read what I’ve already said on the matter, and append the words “you tiresome petty plagiarist trash” so as to add that personal touch you crave so desperately.

        • Ad 7.2.1.2

          OMG Pete.

          1. The US just pulled out of a really complex Treaty for which the rest of the world bar Syria and Nicaragua signed up to.

          We are a small rules-based nation and we survive on trade and diplomacy in this world.

          So that is worth protesting from the get-go.

          2. This is the second time in this US term the US President has pulled out of a massive agreement. LIke it or not like it, TPPA was the New Zealand government’s primary diplomatic effort for over seven years.

          So withdrawing out of another one is worth protesting about.

          3. I think you are old enough to recall the protests against the US VP in Vietnam in the late 1960s. On a global scale, the protests told against Johnson and against Nixon.

          It was worth protesting against damn stupid US policy then and it is now.
          It works.

          The people acting against climate change in NZ are part of a world wide movement. So no matter where Tillertson goes – large or small – he needs to feel the cost of being completely against the international climate change movement.

          Hell there’s more to the list but I have to get to a birthday.

          • Pete George 7.2.1.2.1

            “So withdrawing out of another one is worth protesting about.”

            Is the withdrawal from the first one also worth protesting about?

            Of course people here can protest about whatever they like, but I can think of a lot of other things that are more worthwhile of attention here in New Zealand – especially for New Zealand political parties.

            https://www.greens.org.nz/news/press-release/pm-must-confront-us-impact-climate-decision

            I really think Greens would be better to focus on things that may be able to be changed here.

            http://www.labour.org.nz/english_must_give_strong_message_to_us_secretary_of_state_on_climate_change

            And Labour.

            I’d be very surprised if a Foreign Minister in a future Labour-Green government would try to interfere in an independent decision of another country like this.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 7.2.1.2.1.1

              🙄

            • Ad 7.2.1.2.1.2

              On your first question, point 1 pertains no matter which party you support.

              On your point about Greens, it’s a global movement. That’s the point of a global movement. Obviously.

              On your point about Labour, the Pacific Forum will be providing very strong advice, which NZ will push with them.

              You need to wake up Pete.

          • adam 7.2.1.2.2

            Well said Ad. +1

          • RedLogix 7.2.1.2.3

            So no matter where Tillertson goes – large or small – he needs to feel the cost of being completely against the international climate change movement.

            Somewhere in my dim and flaky memory I recall something that Henry Kissinger wrote about Vietnam. When he visited Auckland there was quite a large anti-war protest at the Hotel Intercontinental (someone managed to climb the building and tap over the top of one of the ‘o’s). Kissinger recalled looking out the window from his penthouse suite and thought to himself, “If they’re protesting the war in a backwater town like this on the far side of the planet … the game is up”. At that point he realised there was no longer a moral mandate for the war and from then on it was only a matter of time before the US had to leave.

            Mind you Kissinger is great deal smarter than Trump.

            • Pete George 7.2.1.2.3.1

              It also looks like Tillerson is a lot smarter than Trump (not that that’s hard) and already understands the climate situation.

              In fact Trump may also acccept climate change is a valid issue (it’s hard to be sure what he thinks) but had backed himself into a corner over Paris Accord withdrawal, and he puts a priority on selfish and US interests over anything else.

              Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations gave a hint on Saturday, though: Nikki Haley said Trump believes the world’s climate is changing, and that man-made pollution is playing a role in that.

              Haley filled in some of the blanks on Saturday while defending the administration’s decision to exit the climate accord.

              Trump “believes the climate is changing. And he believes pollutants are part of that equation. So that is a fact. That is where we are,” Haley said in an excerpt from an interview to run in full on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

              “Just because the U.S. got out of a club, doesn’t mean we aren’t going to care about the environment,” she said. The U.S. will “continue to be leader in the environment” but do so “under our terms.”

              https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-06-02/trump-s-views-on-climate-change-seem-a-closely-guarded-secret

              Trump pretty much doesn’t give a shit about the world outside the US and his ego.

              Protesting to Tillerson and Mattis (who have already publicly acknowledged concerns over climate change) in New Zealand looks futile to me.

              When Labour and the Greens posture in futility and at the same time can prioritise topical local issues like euthanasia and cannabis law reform (as in say they have positions on them but also maake clear they don’t see them as important enough to champion) then I really wonder whether they deserve support.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Speaking of futility 🙄

              • 808state

                Trump is a nationalist, he puts a priority on his support base’s interests.

                Ergo, torpedo the Paris Accord.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  …he puts a priority on his support base’s interests…

                  😆

                  So much fail in so few words. How can Trump prioritise? He can barely read! By “his support base” do you mean Russian bankers or Horowitz alumni?

                  • 808state

                    No I mean that vast swath of white working class Americans ravaged by Globalisation for a generation+. Michael Moore was warning us about this starting back in the 90s when he was searching unsuccessfully for an interview with a particular CEO.

                    And you got to stop with the “Trump is just stupid!”. I have met plenty of people who are functionally illiterate but are raking in way more money than a Sociology or Media Studies grad.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Newsflash: wealth is not evidence of intelligence. As for “just stupid”, the lead story on Stuff is far more eloquent.

                      A heartless, dull-witted thug.

                      This vast swathe of Americans, how’re their healthcare prospects looking?

  8. Muttonbird 8

    Gawd. As soon as I saw Pete George commenting on this thread I knew it would be about the pointlessness and futility of standing by our convictions.

    Literally, protest and popular change do not exist in Pete George’s world. Presumably all protest to date has been futile and pointless, and all popular change somehow happened for other reasons than public pressure.

    Reminds me of the final comment in the UK Labour campaign video posted yesterday:

    Power concedes nothing without demand…it never did, and it never will.

    Not in Pete’s world though…

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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
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  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
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  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
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  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
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    2 weeks ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The obvious question
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
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    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago

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