lace_agate: (random fluctuations!)
Well, not quite. But I'm getting pretty pissed off at New Zealand at the moment, and the rest of the English-speaking world doesn't look much better. And it seems like Iceland is doing some pretty cool things at the moment. And they have awesome geology.

But this isn't about Iceland. This is a rant about the upcoming New Zealand election.
On the plus side, the Greens are polling comfortably around 10%. On the minus side, pretty much everything else )

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Oct. 21st, 2008 03:46 pm
lace_agate: (logic my dears)
I don't usually like saying "x should be required reading for y" but I'm going to say it anyway.  The section on economics in the October 18 issue of New Scientist magazine should be required reading for all politicians, economists, environmentalists and anyone else who's interested.

Basically it's attacking the idea that we have to keep growing and growing the economy and increasing our GDP and so on forever.  The point they're making is that we can't, because you can't have infinite growth when you have finite resources.  There are other, more sustainable ways of running an economy but they're being ignored because the dominant ideology is growth growth growth.

They explain it all far more coherently than I ever could, anyway, but it's fascinating.  They don't cover everything that's an issue (for example, they barely touch on population growth) but it's a good starting point to get people thinking.  I've just been hearing National belittling the Greens and Labour because by trying to be sustainable they'd be "putting economic growth on the backburner" which is apparently a Very Bad Thing.

Oh, whatever.  Just go and read it.

lace_agate: (quack)
As summarised by frogblog:

"...single people are more likely than average to vote ACT, people in relationships are more likely than average to vote Green, but if they get married they are more likely than average to vote National. People are statistically more likely than average to vote Green if they describe their relationship as ‘it’s complicated’.

And just to add a new dimension to coalition talks three quarters of people in open relationships vote Green."

...lol.  I will now imagine the entire cast of everything ever written by CLAMP voting Green.

In other news, I have developed a cold.

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