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  Sweden & Finland no longer to be neutral
Posted by: Lilith7 - Yesterday, 02:57 PM - Forum: Opinion and Politics - No Replies

Thanks to Putin & his antics. I expect this annoys him considerably though, so not without its good points.
Sweden has been neutral for more than 200 years, Finland for almost 80.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/opinion/30059448...neutrality

"The Russian president has stampeded both Finland and Sweden, two neutral countries of long standing (almost 80 years for Finland, over 200 for Sweden), into joining the Nato alliance, the very ‘threat’ that Putin claimed he was trying to drive away from Russia’s borders.

Finland has a 1300km border with northern Russia."

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  R.I.P Graham Hunter aka Captain Orion
Posted by: Sapana - 21-05-2022, 09:23 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (1)

Those of you guys familiar with EOTI back in the day will recognise the name. Word is that he
has passed away.
He was also on Trade Me and NZ Issues but I can't remember his username. He used to fly
off the handle on a regular basis and had an issue with school kids kicking Balls round on the
road outside his house.

Anyway - just passing on the message.

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  Mandatory vasectomies?
Posted by: Lilith7 - 21-05-2022, 03:34 PM - Forum: Opinion and Politics - Replies (4)

For young men. it sounds interesting, could work but is highly unlikely to ever happen there. I don't agree that it should be mandatory thought, it should be an option.


https://www.politicsvideochannel.com/dem...young-men/

Oklahoma State Rep. Mickey Dollens (D) floated an idea to other state legislators this week ahead of the passage of Oklahoma bill HB 4327 which bans abortion at the point of conception, leaving only exceptions for rape, incest, or in cases where the mother’s life is at risk.

Dollens invited those who were voting for the bill to consider a bill he is thinking of introducing next year, one that would give mandatory vasectomies to young men.
“I would invite you to co-author a bill that I’m considering next year that would mandate that each male when they reach puberty get a mandatory vasectomy that’s only reversible when they reach the point of financial and emotional stability,”



https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/oklaho...d/1070782/

"''If you think that's crazy, then I think that maybe you understand how 50 percent of Oklahomans feel, as well,'' he added.

The radical bill proposed by Dollens, which has little to no chance of passing in the red state, comes on the heels of the Oklahoma Legislature approving the country's most restrictive abortion law.

Dollens questioned the necessity of the new law, instead proposing that its passage was the result of trying to score ''cheap political points'' ahead of the midterm elections.

''Here we are ... second to last week of session. Is this really a priority?'' he asked. ''No, if it was a priority, we would have heard it weeks ago. 


What this is, is an attempt for cheap political points in a competitive primary.''

Big Grin Big Grin


And this idiot wants contraception banned! Dodgy Big Grin

https://www.politicsvideochannel.com/mic...ll-states/

"During an interview with Catholic journalist Michael Voris of Church Militant, candidate Jacky Eubanks, who is endorsed by Trump was asked if she would ban birth control.

“Would that ever come to a vote in the Michigan state legislature, and if it should, I would have to side with it should not be legal,” she said. “I think that people believe that birth control is better… because, ‘Oh then you won’t get pregnant and you won’t need to have an abortion.’ But I think it gives people the false sense of security that they can have consequence-free sex. And that’s not true! Sex ought to be between one man and one woman in the confines of marriage… and open to life. Absolutely.” Jacky Eubanks said."

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  Looming World Food Shortage
Posted by: harm_less - 21-05-2022, 11:12 AM - Forum: News and Current Affairs - Replies (19)

Interesting article from The Economist (image is link):
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This situation was threatening originally due to climate change, then COVID exacerbated the situation, then Ukraine happened. NZ isn't likely to starve as such but expect food shortages and increasing prices for the foreseeable future.

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  Australian Elections
Posted by: yousnoozeyoulose - 20-05-2022, 11:55 AM - Forum: Opinion and Politics - Replies (17)

Who's gonna win?

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  Do we become more radical as we age?
Posted by: Lilith7 - 19-05-2022, 07:15 PM - Forum: Opinion and Politics - Replies (5)

I'm wondering because I've noticed that I seem to be. I'd like to see this country emulate as far as possible, those Nordic countries which have high taxes which cover stuff like Health, welfare, housing etc. & whose people feature at the top of those 'happiest people lists.'

Just stop prancing about slapping on a band aid here & there while trumpeting how wonderful your political party is, stop mucking about it & do it.

And I'd really also love to see more education about crime - what leads to it & how to prevent it as far as possible, rather than banging on about 'lock 'em up & throw away the key' which doesn't work & in some situations may make it worse.

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  Very interesting discussion on farcebook
Posted by: Oh_hunnihunni - 18-05-2022, 08:48 AM - Forum: Opinion and Politics - Replies (11)

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_f...ef=m_notif

Don't think I have ever had so many responses to a single post, and no doubt other commentators could say the same. And mostly positive!

The topic, for those who loathe farcebook, is the adopting of Aotearoa New Zealand as the official name of our nation... Smile

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  Where's Magoo?
Posted by: Olive - 17-05-2022, 02:20 PM - Forum: Opinion and Politics - Replies (3)

Haven't seen any posts for a while.  I hope he hasn't imploded.

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  Emission reduction plan - yay or nay?
Posted by: harm_less - 17-05-2022, 10:26 AM - Forum: Opinion and Politics - Replies (26)

There's no shortage of comment going on regarding the government's announcement yesterday.

So, does the program go far enough, is it too restrictive (or generous) and how successful will the plan's strategies prove to be?

Personally I see the vehicle scrapping initiative as a move in the right direction but I'm puzzled as to why the government continues to sit on its hands in regard to incentivising domestic PV installation. Distributed generation is a further incentive towards EV uptake while also reinforcing NZ's grid generation capacity and reducing transmission loading losses.

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Wink Why haven't I had covid?
Posted by: Oh_hunnihunni - 16-05-2022, 04:07 PM - Forum: Covid-19 - Replies (14)

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/...your-genes

Might be my genes. Might be the fat capsules of nsaids I swallow every day. Might be my stay at home stay well habits. Might be I HAVE had it but been unaware, because some of those other weird symptoms might just have been signals I ignored - like these ones...

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/...eard-about

Who knows? This bug is just weird. Smile

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