Results are in from Massey University (New Zealand) research into illicit drugs in NZ. Nothing you probably didn’t already know. Link
It certainly is a scary thing. It has always been said that countries get the leaders they deserve. So with Bush leading the way on environmental issues it comes as no suprise that they will agitate, cajole, intimidate and generally do whatever they need to do to disrupt the talks that start in Toronto today. The talks will cover all aspects of global climate change and what needs to be done to combat it. Member nations of the existing Kyoto treaty (of which the US was one until Bush came to power) will work at setting down a frame work for a new accord to replace the Kyoto protocol when it expires at the end of the decade.
The US govt is not planning any sort of subterfuge, they are being very open about their efforts to oppose any sort of agreement across nations on the issue of climate change “We’re going to resist it, obviously” Harlan Watson, head of the U.S. delegation said.
Critics believe that the other nations should ignore the US and continue to work towards accords that will give the environment, and future generations a fighting chance. Unfortunately:
The U.S. spews a quarter of world’s greenhouse gases. This year it enlisted five other big polluters — Australia, China, Japan, India and South Korea — in an “Asia-Pacific Partnership” to promote its view that voluntary measures and new technologies will eventually solve climate change.
So no matter what is decided by the committed smaller nations their efforts at reduction will pale in comparison to the major contributors above who are taking the stance that there is nothing to be done at the moment apart from voluntary reductions and burying your head in the sand in the hope that some future technology will fix everything we break today.
In a fight to the death, on a sloping beach, in the shallows, a shark with a laser beam strapped to it’s head tries to shoot a nimble donkey wearing iron shod hooves with a lethal back kick.
The water. How shallow does it need to be before the bookies give even odds to the donkey?
It is so hard leaving good friends behind. It’s one of the hardest things about making the decision to leave, knowing that you will be giving these friends up, short term. The thoughts of when you’ll meet agian play through your mind. Which country will it be in when your eyes meet and a grin spreads from ear to ear? The best thing about meeting great party people from around the world is the probability of bumping into them again at a festival somewhere warm.
It seems weird to be divesting myself of so much stuff. All these little things that I have accumulated in little more than two years of living back in New Zealand – they all mount up. What to do with these trinkets. The more powerful ones, the ones that are just a little special in some way, they go in the ‘to ship’ boxes, the’re easy. There sure are lots of them though. Still they are all quite small. The most precious seem to be the necklaces and pendants. Something totemic about them all. They trigger very vivid recollections. I think I’ll take them travelling.
Strange to be packing things worthless in any other persons eyes, into boxes to ship half way around the world. You have to do it because you can’t bear to discard them. They will be so nice to have on the other side. I am even now, looking forward to opening them in six months time.
I don’t like leaving things behind. There is already a big box of books that I don’t expect to be shipping over anywhere until I know I am settling there for a while. Seems stupid to ship them all over the place. It’s a bit agonising parting with the knowledge though. I find that my reference library has become invaluable. Not that I use it that much. It’s just nice to know it’s there. I don’t think you can ever have too many books. But they are a pain in the ass to ship about the place. Perhaps they will sit as pockets of knowledge until I return. Out of sight but not forgotten.
The countdown is well underway. In just a few short weeks I will be flying out from New Zealand (Aotearoa) to Australia on the first leg of a trip to other places. The couple of weeks there should help throw off the shackles of working life, the normal grind that is the 8 – 5 life we seem to get stuck in. I’ll be getting to the Tribeadelic music festival and blowing out the pent up frustration of this grind, on the dance floor. Then come Jan I’ll be setting foot in Bangalore, Southern India.