Open mike 28/12/2022

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  1. Sanctuary 1

    I propose we launch an immediate special operation to de-Nazify all Pukeko everywhere by way of a genocidal war of conquest.

    Little NATO proxy bastards ate our Xmas cake this morning.

  2. Heavens we are still mopping up after the anti Kea operation for naughty anti tramper activities that had our supply lines extended in the South Island, then there is the proposed anti Tui war for picking off the flowers on my wisteria.

    Bravo for all the bird sanctuaries and native forest 'islands' in our cities, for the tui at least….

  3. Visubversa 3

    I want an anti pigeon "special operation" to remove the roof rats that have driven off the little birds we used to feed, and are now invading our living room through the French doors in search of cat biscuits.

  4. Sacha 4

    A decade was not enough lead time for chook farming numpties. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/481515/egg-shortage-supermarket-shelves-bare-as-industry-deals-with-supply-issues

    A ban on battery caged hens, announced back in 2012, comes into effect on Saturday and over the past few years the deadline has caused turmoil in the industry.

    Egg Producers Federation executive director Michael Brooks said more than 75 percent of chicken farmers have had to change their farming methods or their career because of the ban.

    • DB Brown 4.1

      They've been running round like chooks with their heads cut off.

      For a decade now – the sky is falling, you'll see! They were hoping NACT would repeal it all, rather than learn to farm ethically.

    • bwaghorn 4.2

      As long as you're OK with eggs being rich people food , all free range is good I guess

      • Sacha 4.2.1

        Improved incomes would be great.

      • weka 4.2.2

        yeah, nah. Plenty of people in NZ could afford to buy free range but didn't. If they had, we'd be seeing free range at scale by now and the price would come down so lower income people could too.

        But what Sacha said. Producing food sustainably reveals the true costs of growing food. We can increase people's incomes too.

        • bwaghorn 4.2.2.1

          Once they went past $7 I'm sorry it was back to barn eggs

          • weka 4.2.2.1.1

            sure but that doesn't negate what I said.

            If a bird in a cage

            puts all heaven in a rage

            how feels heaven when

            dies the billionth battery hen

            – Spike Milligan

    • Craig H 4.3

      Per the article, it wasn't just the transition away from battery cages as colony cages will remain legal (source), it's that supermarkets won't be accepting eggs from colony cages. I'm sure the legislated phasing out of battery cages started that ball rolling, but transitioning to free range wasn't actually legislated.

  5. Stephen D 5

    Not sure what to make of this.

    https://www.politico.com/news/2022/12/26/china-trade-tech-00072232

    ”The White House and Congress are quietly reshaping the American economic relationship with the world’s second-largest economic power, enacting a strategy to limit China’s technological development that breaks with decades of federal policy and represents the most aggressive American action yet to curtail Beijing’s economic and military rise.”

    The globalist in me thinks shouldn’t we all try to maximise all economies for the greater good. If we trade with them, they are less likely to be aggressive. The pragmatist saw how that worked out for Merkel, Germany and Putin. All it did was encourage him.

    May we live in interesting times.

  6. joe90 6

    Something to set tankies/magats/troofers aflutter.

    Russia’s meddling in Trump-era politics was more directly connected to the current war than previously understood.

    https://archive.vn/SCOFv (nyt)

  7. joe90 7

    They've been watching the goings on in Ukraine. Now they're preparing.

    https://twitter.com/MPWangTingyu/status/1607702645296492545

    • tsmithfield 7.1

      I don't think China will go for an invasion. If anything, they will likely try to blockade Taiwan into submission.

      The strategic advantage Taiwan has in terms of an invasion is the fact it is an island surrounded by water. The strategic disadvantage that Taiwan has in terms of a blockade is that it is an island surrounded by water. And after Pelosi's visit earlier in the year, the following Chinese exercises seemed focussed on a blockade. And, from China's perspective, why would they want to play into the Taiwanese strategic advantage?

      It will be interesting to see how the QUAD alliance responds to a Chinese blockade. It will be daring them to challenge the Chinese by challenging the blockade if they want to keep Taiwan supplied.

      Of course, it is easy for the QUAD alliance to set up a counter-blockade against China at the Malacca strait. So, that would be another option.

  8. lprent 8

    ok – round 2.

    I think I have fixed the issue on the Replies tab – as in I can't reproduce it now.

    If anyone sees it – ie getting someone else replies – let me know.

  9. Anne 9

    I sent my comment 1 minute ahead of you weka. Now I'm getting your replies. Oh what a tangled web…..

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