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December 22, 2006

The unanswered questions

Slate: "Can you tell me how long it will take if you eat rat poison to see if it is going to affect you? Please e-mail me back. Because my niece ate some."

December 22, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

December 11, 2006

Migration gathers speed

BBC News: "Almost one in 10 British citizens are living overseas... The number of British citizens who chose to go permanently abroad doubled from 53,000 in 2001 to 107,000 last year - some 2,000 people a day... the number hoping to leave in the near future [has] doubled since 2003."

On a related note, the 2006 census shows that New Zealand's population has grown by nearly 8% in the last five years, and 23% of the population was born overseas.

December 11, 2006 in UK-NZ Migration | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

December 02, 2006

Giant rubber stamp seeks home

30Something Democrats: "Night after night, we've been using our giant Rubber Stamp to illustrate the Republican Congress rubber-stamping the Administration's policies, but starting in January, thanks to Americans across the country, we will no longer have a need for it. How should we celebrate this momentous occasion? What should we do with the Rubber Stamp?"

Sadly, international protocol forbids, but I'd like to see it being sent to an equally deserving rubber-stamp parliament in some other country, one that despite its genuine credentials, authority and duties as the representative body of the people acts as nothing but an approval mechanism for the government of the day.

I do understand that the US has a "special relationship" with one such country so perhaps protocol might be waived just this once?

December 2, 2006 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack