Open mike 24/10/2010

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21 comments on “Open mike 24/10/2010”

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      I’ve read that twice now and it still fails to make any sense.

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.1

        This will help: Oram gets what the problems facing NZ are are. He just doesn’t think that Labour has got the answers (yet).

        But he also implies that National certainly doesn’t.

  1. Draco T Bastard 3

    Real social engineering.

  2. Draco T Bastard 4

    and the better than average international corporations tax rort. Billion dollar incomes, tax in the vicinity of SFA.

  3. The Chairman 5

    The next Tui billboard?

    Highly carcinogenic, but the milk is fine
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/4259464/Aflatoxins-traced-back-to-feed-Fonterra

    • prism 5.1

      If the farms were stocked in line with their grass feed producing capacity we wouldn’t have to bring in quantities of copra cake and palm kernel stuff. It adds energy costs too, and puts other environments at risk by growing this market.
      Our grass-fed cows used to be a feature of our dairy industry but the drive for overstocking is changing that.

  4. The Chairman 6

    The drum is beating

    Call for new approach to major projects

    http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=121506&fm=psp,nwl

    • The Chairman 6.1

      To maintain our international competitiveness, infrastructure should be provided at cost.

      Profiting from infrastructure is counterproductive to rebalancing the economy towards exporting.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.2

      Oh god, more privatisation and selling out our children’s future recommended to address the greed of capitalism.

  5. john 7

    Climate change in the Arctic continues apace now thought to be the cause of England’s extreme cold and snowy Winter.Paradoxically allowing Arctic conditions to move South

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/jeffrey-simpson/as-the-sea-ice-melts-so-melts-the-arctic/article1769518/
    http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2010/10/22/22climatewire-the-arctic-shifts-to-a-new-climate-pattern-i-86771.html

    • john 7.1

      “More cold air blasts head south

      The polar region acts as the world’s air conditioner, helping to regulate weather patterns worldwide. Now there is evidence that Arctic warming is affecting conditions in other regions of the globe, said NOAA oceanographer Jim Overland.

      The unusually heavy snows that blanketed the eastern United States, northern Europe and parts of Asia last winter were a consequence of the shift to a warmer Arctic, he said. “

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      Quoting second article:

      The unusually heavy snows that blanketed the eastern United States, northern Europe and parts of Asia last winter were a consequence of the shift to a warmer Arctic, he said.

      So much for all that snow being proof of global cooling as the deniers tried to paint it as.

  6. joe90 8

    “Fascist America” in four parts, part 1, part 2, part 3 and the follow up asks, Is this election the next turn?

  7. Why did smilecity get rid of its forum, there is now no place to discuss general topics in new Zealand without someone turning it into as politcal discussion or some jackass saying its Should’ve not should have.

  8. M 10

    Good peak oil discussion by economist Jeff Rubin and Andrew Nikiforuk (about 58 Minutes).
    I swear the phlegmatic Jeff is channeling Jack Nicholson, his voice and phrasing is so similar IMHO.

    http://www.planbeconomics.com/2010/10/13/panel-discussion-on-peak-oil-jeff-rubin-andrew-nikiforuk/

  9. Lazy Susan 11

    Holmes goes a a garbled rant in The Herald. So what on earth made the producers of Q&A think he could chair a reasonable debate on this issue. He didn’t, of course.

    • Carol 11.1

      Interesting that below Holmes rant the Herald invites comments with this condition:
      Add your comment 1200 characters left
      We aim to have healthy debate. But we won’t publish comments that abuse others.

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