GE Free Luddites give us a laugh (but not intentionally) by advising Fonterra not to kill babies

August 29, 2014
If grandma must suck eggs, she will be hard-pressed to find inorganic ones.

If grandma must suck eggs, where must she go to find inorganic ones?

What a glorious example of teaching your grandma to suck eggs.

They will be free-range, no doubt, and “organic” for good measure.

GE Free New Zealand, a bunch of latter-day Luddite agitators, has told Fonterra it must ensure food safety with its infant formula exports into China.

It must do what?

Ensure its infant formula doesn’t kill the customers?

Are they for real?

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Riots in the UK: oh, the shame, when Iran can pitch in with concerns about human rights

August 10, 2011

Cor blimey. Dunno which to catch up with first this morning – rioting in England or the world’s financial turmoil.

But it’s great to see just who is coming up with advice.

After being persistently chided by the US to clean up its act, politically, and become more democratic and less abusive of human rights, the boot is on the other foot.

China is saying it “has every right” to demand the United States tackle its debt problem following the credit rating downgrade by Standard and Poor’s.

The official Xinhua news agency delivered the rebuke.

It said Washington needed to “come to terms with the painful fact that the good old days when it could just borrow its way out of messes of its own making are finally gone”.

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Here’s hoping China has given up data massage

May 24, 2009

Some sobering stuff from The Economist (yep, even for Alf).

It muses on whether China is overstating its true rate of growth. There are big implications for the world economy if it is – when much of the rest of the world is in or is going into recession, it’s cheering to know some countries are still recording economic growth.

Especially a major country, like China (our second-biggest export market).

Part of the recent optimism in world markets rests on the belief that China’s fiscal-stimulus package is boosting its economy and that GDP growth could come close to the government¹s target of 8% this year.

Some economists, however, suspect that the figures overstate the economy’s true growth rate and that Beijing would report 8% regardless of the truth. Is
China cheating?

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Turning the Tararuas into tiger country

May 4, 2009

Could be an opportunity here. Tiger farming.

A wildlife economist, one Brendan Moyle, has been on “a secret mission to explode myths about the illegal trade of tiger products in China.”

According to a Massey University press release:

He has been working covertly in border regions and has gained access to arrest and interception data that is helping him build up a model of the black market.

The College of Business lecturer has made three visits to China and he hopes his work will help find a solution to a problem that has put the species in jeopardy.

We all know that tiger bones are highly prized by Chinese people, who seem to think they have wonderful medicinal properties. Hence a tiger can fetch up to 340,000 yuan (about $NZ90,000).

That’s a few more bucks than a cockie would get for a sheep.
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Death sentence protesters can go hang

January 25, 2009

The Green Party’s Keith Locke, Amnesty International agitators and all the other hand-wringers who complain about New Zealand doing business in a country where murderers are executed should go hang themselves.

They wail about the need for Fonterra and our government to campaign against the death sentences imposed on some very bad people (and to come out swinging in favour of democracy and human rights).

But what do they expect should be done to those who poisoned the milk with which Sanlu (Fonterra’s Chinese partner) made a deadly baby formula? Read the rest of this entry »