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I cannot speak highly enough of the Washington Post presidential podcast series. I am almost up to the civil war.

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VX is a pretty crazy thing to use in this context. I think it is time to get rid of North Korea's diplomatic bag privileges.

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A stemonitis slime mould waving in the wind.

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New Zealand's "largest ever" bribery case is less than $1M USD. Bravo!

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This is the future for German solidarity: "Henkel called for a “double decision”. He said there should be a massive debt relief for Greece and the withdrawal of the country from the euro.

Henkel, an economics professor and former president of the Federation of German Industry (BDI), explained that a high unemployment rate and the lack of economic prospects are good reasons for Greece to leave the Eurozone as quickly as possible in order to become more competitive again. Before that, however, it is necessary to grant Greece a substantial debt relief in exchange. A bankruptcy could be the first step towards improvement, according to Henkel.

“The euro is too strong for Greece and has led to a declining economic performance and destruction of jobs,” says Henkel. “Let’s not delude ourselves, the money we gave Greece we will not see again. Let us free Greece from the burden of being part of the euro, because it has only harmed the country.”

Hat tip: +Euro Crisis News Overview

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There are several things about this story that make me proud. Firstly, our Prime Minister can shear a sheep. Second, despite being (by NZ standards) a conservative Catholic with a hard-line wife, he is going to the Big Gay Out. Thirdly, he recognises that the contest was rigged in his favour ;)

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Written in French, translated by professionals to German, and then read in English by be via Google Translate. At the end it is cogent and interesting, I just hope it has the same meaning as Marion van Renterghem meant!

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This is a fine regal speech. But remember that the relationship of the sovereigns of Russia and Germany did not prevent WW1. +Euro Crisis News Overview​

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Another deposit of books, inspired by Wayne Mills' eight-twelve year old boys list. http://www.story-go-round.net.nz/booklist.html
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