"...that’s what sets America apart from every other country; we value life. That is what makes us unique.” - Sarah Sanders
There is a high level of delusion operating in the White House. The stream of mistruths that come out of President Trump and Sarah Sanders' mouths are clearly blatant lies but millions of US citizens believe them. With daily diets of Fox News and living in a very insular culture, there is little that challenges these false perceptions of US "greatness".
When comparing the United States of America with most other developed nations it becomes clear that it probably places less value on life than most and doesn't compare well with many developing countries too: If the US really valued life then it would abolish the death penalty, it is the only Western Country that executes people under law (23 people were executed in 2018). If the US really valued life then it would have an equitable and universal health care system. The current system is consid…
The latest Unicef report has us languishing at the bottom of the developed world in relation to the health and welfare our children and youth. This report was based on the data our government collects and concerningly, with regards to child poverty, a ranking wasn't provided because of a refusal to follow standard practice (an admission of failure?). In many documented areas we are seriously neglecting our young people (ranking numbers are determined by the data provided from a maximum of 41 developed countries): Child Poverty (41/41?) I consider that we must be by far the worst in the developed world for child poverty when the Government refuses to use the same measures as other countries so that we can be ranked. Our Children's Commissioner and the Child Poverty Monitor currently state that 14% of our children suffer from material hardship. We have a much higher threshold to determine this and require 7 elements to recognise hardship, while most other countries use only two.…
winter grazing issue is becoming a highly-sensitised one that I hope will not
become so politicised that it delays solutions and results in the suicides of
some very stressed farmers.
Winter grazing has hit the headlines after a determined
campaign, including the release of a video of some very common scenes
around the country at this time of year. It recorded many examples of poorly
managed grazing causing discomfort and stress to stock and graphically
demonstrating the environmental degradation that this method causes. The campaign
helped to motivate the Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor into announcing the
formation of a task force to respond to the issues around the practice.
There has been some politically questionable responses to the campaign and the
Minister's announcement and most especially from Clutha Southland MP Hamish
Walker. He described the taskforce as "more money down the drain" and
unfortunately related the conditions of winter
grazing as si…