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New Zealand Turns Right

The BBC prints the obituary: New Zealand opposition wins vote

New Zealand’s opposition National Party has swept to power, ending PM Helen Clark’s nine-year Labour government.

Ms Clark admitted defeat and said she would step down as leader.

National leader John Key said the people had voted for a safer, more prosperous and ambitious New Zealand, but warned of tough times ahead.

Correspondents say Ms Clark has presided over years of strong growth and social reforms, but the economy has gone into recession this year.

The centre-right opposition won 45% of the vote, against 34% for Labour, leaving it just short of an overall majority.

John Key made a lot of money under the “oppressive rules” of Clark’s Labour government, but he would rather go down the same road that is causing the worldwide recession. There is nothing like a recession after nearly a decade of prosperity to make people stupid. Look at the US in 2000.

November 8, 2008   Comments Off on New Zealand Turns Right

Hurricane Paloma – Day 4 Cat 3

Hurricane PalomaPosition: 20.9 N 77.7 W [9 PM CST 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northeast [055°] near 7 mph.
Maximum sustained winds: 115 mph [185 kph].
Wind Gusts: 140 mph.
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 115 miles [185 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 30 miles [45 km].
Minimum central pressure: 968 mb.

It has made landfall near Santa Cruz del Sur, Cuba and is inland.

A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for the Cuban provinces of Ciego de Avila, Camaguey, Las Tunas, Granma, and Holguin.

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November 8, 2008   2 Comments

Happy Blogiversary

Both Echidne of the Snakes and Bark Bark Woof Woof celebrate their fifth blogiversary today.

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