Listen now (19 mins) | Biden and G7 eye US$200b global infrastructure push to rival China's Belt & Road; Aotearoa joins US, US, Australia & Japan in 'Partners in the Blue Pacific'; China sees it as AUKUS-plus
OMG that photo must have been planned so hard... so many subliminal messages in the positioning!! (And Johnson LMAO...)
Thanks for the info on the PBP alliance, Bernard. (Sometimes I wonder what every other journalist in NZ does.) Wrt risking angering China, may I quote Professor David Shambaugh (a distinguished US scholar on China of >30 years’ standing)? He says that once you start self-censoring, China has won the soft power battle.
Suggest this as a topic for discussion on Friday with P Bale and someone sensible on China like Jason Young from the CCRC.
Both East and West have equity and social Justice problems in terms of women’s rights, bodily integrity, property rights, safety and contributions to society and the economy. It’s pretty dire stuff everywhere.
Kia ora Bernard -- regarding your "grass-fed dairy and beef is a huge marketing opportunity" comment, that's true in a scenario where we're not growing our grass with unethically-sourced phosphates, or with nitrate fertilisers which are ending up in our groundwater or rivers.
That mostly isn't the scenario we're in though. If I was an overseas farmers organisation looking nervously at increasing competition from Aotearoa-NZ, I'd be talking to my comms & lobbying people about getting out the word that antipodean beef and (especially) dairy cows are eating grass grown by polluting their country's freshwater.
See this piece on calculating the greywater footprint of milk in Canterbury: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/360658768_The_grey_water_footprint_of_milk_due_to_nitrate_leaching_from_dairy_farms_in_Canterbury_New_Zealand
In regards to the chart about how much feed goes into stock versus amount of food consumed by humans, I recently watched this video which did make me consider deeper that it is not a 1-1 conversion ratio (i.e. humans consume the feed directly) due to the fact that ruminant stock converts feed into human consumable nutrition. Time 7:00 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGG-A80Tl5g
Really enjoyed listening to your latest when the facts change with my old professor Jarrod Harr over the weekend. He used to drive up to the North Shore in Auckland from the Waikato everyday for lectures, so not surprised to hear he’s enjoying working from home too! You should have asked him about four day work weeks as he was a part of the research back in ‘18/‘19 with perpetual guardian. Would love to know how the shift to remote working has affected sentiment to shorter weeks and the success or failure of a four day week
Why cant anyone cut Boris a suit that fits
Off subject but the use of Aotearoa instead of New Zealand - or the very PC Aotearoa-New Zealand makes me wonder if you are actually on the Government payroll, Bernard.
Or just virtue signaling? Or a deeply held belief?
I am a subscriber and examining media bias.
Keep up the good work and particularly go hard in regards to child poverty in NZ.
China isn't the first to try this. The US were doing the same infrastructure ransom strategy throughout the 60s and 70s in Latin America.
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins is a good read about it.