Tuesday’s answers

September 1, 2009

Monday’s Questions were:

1. Who wrote Among the Cinders?

2. Who said: We are biologically engineered to have the wonder filtered out of out lives, to learn to take astonishing things for granted, so that we don’t waste too much energy on being surpised but get on with the eating and mating, gardening, feeding cats, complaining about taxes or being pleased about economic recovery . . . “?

3. How many NZ Prime Ministers have died in office?

4. Where did the Great Fire of London start?

5. Who invented the cat flap?

Gravedodger and Rayiinz get a bunch of daffodils each for scoring 3/5; Paul Tremewan gets a single camellia flower for two with a bonus for orginality and Paul Corrigan gets a consolatory branch of blossom for trying.

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Mining hysteria

September 1, 2009

Wouldn’t it be terrible if the oil exploration work in the Great South Basin actually found something extractable, writes The Southland Times in an editorial.

The ocean environment would be ravaged by who knows how many probably a bunch of those colossal ugly oil rigs, destroying the visual amenity of the entire seascape, maybe undermining the structural integrity of the seabed, causing whale concussions and attracting roughnecks who would doubtless rampage through Invercargill on their time off.

A tad overstated?

Yes it is and you can read the rest of the editorial explaining why here.

The hysterical reaction to the idea of a stock take of mineral reserves under conservation land is not surprising, but it is a wee bit over the top.

Listening to the critics, you’d be excused for thinking that doing a stock take would require the clear felling of native bush and the extermination of native wild life.

that won’t happen even if the stock take does uncover certain riches and the decision is then made to extract them. Modern mining a tiny, wee bit of the conservation estate would not be, as * Jeanette Fitzsimons thinks:

. . . like saying you’ve got six children, so it doesn’t really matter if you lose one does it.

It’s  more like saying we’ve got a huge garden, most of which is pretty but there could be some odd bits which are a bit scrubby where we might grow vegetables  and pop a garden shed.

* Hat Tip: Kiwiblog


Blogger on blogs on radio again

September 1, 2009

Denis Welch is discussing blogs on Nine to Noon  again.

He started discussing the Tumeke rankings and mentioned some of the top 10, but sadly Dim Post who wasn’t mentioned last week, wasn’t mentioned this week either.

Welch reckoned No Right Turn is the best blog and also paid tribute to Poneke.


Things to do with supermarket bags

September 1, 2009

1.Take to vegetable market which reuses them.

2. Line rubbish bin.

3. Hold dirty clothes when travelling.

4. Keep shoes in when travelling to protect clothes.

5. Carry bathing suit.

6. Carry sports gear.

7. Carry books for donation to Rotary book sale.

8. Carry books bought from Rotary book sale.

9. Carry magazines for donation to hospital.

10 Carry lunch when tramping

11 – infinity  . . .

Things to do with foam trays and used plastic wrap which supermarket uses needlessly:

1. Dump.

Things supermarket does with 5 cents it charges for bags:

1. ?


Shoppers bag bag charge in lower NI

September 1, 2009

Lower North Island  supermarket shoppers must be a bolshie lot.

A backlash from them has forced New World and Four Square supermarkets to back away from the compulsory 5 cents charge for plastic bags. It’s now voluntary.

I have several reusable bags which I use most of the time (translation: when I remember) and I’ve been doing that for a couple of years.

I don’t object to a user-pays approach to plastic bags. But I hate the way they try to justify it with greenwash.

“Would you like to pay 5 cents for a plastic bag so we can pretend to be doing something for the environment even though we’re still putting fruit and vegetables on foam trays and wrapping them in plastic wrap?”

No.


Where to with the ETS?

September 1, 2009

The majority report from the review on the ETS  has 34 recommendations and four parties have issued minority reports.

The recommendation for agriculture is:

For the agriculture sector, while it is preferable in the long term for the point of obligation to be at the farm gate, we recommend that it is initially set at the processor. Placing the point of obligation at the farm gate means regulating more emitters directly, with higher transaction and administration costs. However, it may also encourage them to respond more readily to a price signal. Therefore, it is desirable for the point of obligation to initially be set at the processor level, which would place obligations on only a small number of firms. The price impacts are likely to be passed through to farmers.

Of course the costs will be passed through to farmers. The alternative is to pass them on to consumers and as none of our competitors will be including agriculture in their ETS that would price our produce out of the market.

But whether its processors or farmers who pay, what difference will it make to emissions? It would be far better to put any money into research rather than an ETS.

As for the rest of the report, dog’s breakfast is the phrase which comes to mind. But I’m not sure that anything more could have been achieved when there are so many different perspectives and conflicting views.

Even the people who accept that the climate is changing and it is being caused by human activity have a wide range of differing opinions on what could and should be done about it.

Regardless of whether or not the science is settled, the politics is and we have to be seen to addressing the issue.

But there are no easy answers when the whole Kyoto protocol appears to have a lot more to do with increasing bureaucracy and taxes than reducing carbon emissions.

It might help if someone could explain how an ETS will have a positive impact on the environment without wrecking the economy.

I’d also like to know where the money will go and what will be done with it when it gets there.

Kiwiblog summarises the main recommendations of the majority report and the four minority ones.


September 1 in history

September 1, 2009

On September 1:

1653 German composer Johann Pachelbel was born.

1933 US singer Conway Twitty was born.

1939 World War II  began when Nazi Germany invaded Poland.

1939 US actor Lily Tomlin was born.

1946 English singer Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, was born.

1951 The Anzus Treaty, a mutual defense traty, was signed between Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

1991 Uzbekistan declared its independence from the USSR.

 

Sourced from Wikipedia.


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