Three quick takes for a Tuesday:
- Unlike most (but very typical of me) I don’t have a strong opinion about the Occupy movement (which has just reached New Zealand). I don’t believe we have as much cause for complaint here, however – our university and healthcare costs don’t even register in comparison to the US. Our minimum wage is almost liveable and unemployment benefits don’t cut off like they do in America. While it’s been said that the lack of specific demands is actually a bonus to the movement – ie, it’s more inclusive – it’s also a weakness. I was interested by these two links, however: Business Insider’s guide to why people are pissed, and We Are The 1%. (Also, giggled at this.)
- Perhaps it’s a bit early to call it, but I believe the Rugby World Cup will be ours. We can take France. I didn’t know if we could beat the Wallabies, but there you go – and that, in my completely unfounded opinion, was the big hurdle. I’m actually glad that my plans to go away this weekend will probably not happen (the friend I was to stay with may have to come back to Auckland on Sunday…) because I want to be around for the game and hit up town after victory! It may be a Sunday night final, but the Monday is Labour Day. Nice.
- The Rena oil spill continues to drag on, and it’s breaking my heart. Look at the images of blackened birds and tell me that we don’t need to reduce our oil reliance. Selfishly, I’m also upset about my summer break – we’re going to the Coromandel over Christmas and New Year’s, and quite frankly, if we won’t be able to swim and fish, it all seems a bit pointless. Down with oil. The beach at the Mount has reopened, though, so that’s hopeful.