Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run

September 23, 2009

It’s Bruce Springsteen’s birthday too.

I remember dancing to Born to Run many years ago – would it have been the late 70s or early 80s?


NZ aims for global alliance on ag emissions

September 23, 2009

Remember when non-smoking regulations first came in?

Half a room would be reserved for smokers and the other half for non-smokers.

It was a nonsense because even if smokers stuck to their side of the room their smoke didn’t.

Trying to tackle carbon emissions in some countries but not others is similarly stupid. If there’s a problem with emissions it’s a global one and reduction policies and remedies must take a global approach.

John Key recognises this and is using his time in New York to promote a Global Alliance on agricultural emissions.

“To feed the world’s growing population, we must find ways to produce more food without growing emissions,” says Mr Key.

“It will be agriculture that will have to meet the expected dramatic increase in global food demand over the coming decades, but this presents the world with the twin challenge of ensuring food security while reducing emissions.

“To meet this challenge, there is an urgent need for more international research and investment into new technologies and practices to help reduce agriculture-related emissions, and for greater co-ordination of existing efforts.

“New Zealand considers a Global Alliance on agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation research could meet this need and welcomes partners in this initiative.

Former Environment Minister Simon Upton has been appointed as a special envoy to work with other countries on this concept.

Agriculture Minister David Carter says New Zealand is well placed to make a significant contribution to the alliance.

“Our unique profile for a developed country, with almost half of all emissions coming from agriculture, has given us a firm foothold in understanding pastoral livestock emissions.

“Through a Global Alliance, we can find solutions faster, make better use of the money that is being spent around the world and encourage other countries and companies to do more,” says Mr Carter.

Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues Tim Groser said that food security is paramount and must not be compromised.


Mid-week Music

September 23, 2009

It’s Eric Boggle’s Bogle’s birthday.

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda is probably his best known song.


Quote of the day

September 23, 2009

“I was black before I was elected president”

Barrack Obama response to a question on the Letterman Show over whether opposition to his health plan was racist.


Did you see the one about . . .

September 23, 2009

Friday motivation: Life = Risk  at Motella.

The Year 2050 at No Minister where Gooner says it’s time to cut to the core.

The daffy ambition of turning gold to blue – Alf Grumble digs up some facts on bulb breeding.

That was my suggestion! – Kiwiblog looks at negotiations on the 3 strikes policy.

Sensible shoes a safety issue – the Hand Mirror discusses heels high & low.

More court secrecy – Stephen Franks isn’t impressed by name suppression.

Wowser Alert! Destroy all those cute photos of the kids!!!! – Opinionated Mummy calls for common sense.

Get your free immigration advice here!! – Monkey with Typewriter wasn’t impressed with the service.


Govt spending down

September 23, 2009

It’s definitely too early to celebrate the end of the recession.

But the weak growth in the June quarter is a relief and we can be very pleased that government spending is down.

The dead weight of government spending which grew so much from 1999 was one of the factors which put New Zealand into recession early and until it’s addressed it will hold back the recovery.

A .4% decline isn’t much, but it’s a welcome change in direction.

P.S.
The Visible Hand points out that real gross national disposable income – RGNDI – is a better indicator of our economic health than GDP.


Bah humbug!

September 23, 2009

Aaaaah!

On Monday, one of our staff mentioned how many days it was until Christmas. Don’t ask me how many it was. I shut my ears because I don’t want to think about it in September.

Then this morning, on Breakfast, there was a discussion about shops bringing out the Christmas stock.

Aaaaah again.

The C word in Christmas used to be Christ. They could have dropped that and still kept the good things like caring and compassion, but now it’s just commercialism.

I don’t have a problem with other people making money but if they’re going to do it around a festival, couldn’t they wait until a wee bit closer to the date?

When they pump up the artificial Christmas spirit this early it brings out my inner Scrooge.

Bah humbug!


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