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IMO there is no 100% fool proof method of preventing a home grown insurgency. But if you . . [enact] workable laws and effective pre emptive law enforcement you will either nip the problem in the bud or ensure that the enemy and there supporters are isolated from the main stream population.
Originally posted by Justin Oldham
Question for Xpert11: What is the economic situation in New Zealand?
NZ has pretty much come to the end of a good of a good run with unemployment sitting at 3.4%. The housing market has cooled a bit and the draught is effecting farmers the backbone of our economy. The jetty world markets are of course effecting us as well.
The Reserve Bank has warned of the perfect storm in economic terms and Cullen has said that we could be headed for a "technical recession. " I spilt the difference I think we are in for some rough but manageable times.
Don we need to make the current law workable other wise there is no point having them . Look I'm not calling for warrant less wire tapping just that anybody or group who is a threat to National Security be prosecuted. This is much more desirable then having the NZSAS deal with a domestic terrorism incident.
The spelling is probably wrong but what I was getting it that the markets are nervous because of the flow on effects that come with a global economy.
NZ avoids boat people due to our geographical position. Sure we have over stayers and people that work here illegally. However it nothing like on the scale of what the illegal alien problem is in the US. If you waved a magic wand and removed all the people who were living here illegally it is doubtful that it would have much of an impact on my life. Bio Security is more of a concern then illegal aliens as they are referred to in the US.
We don't need a return to McCarthyism what we do need is workable legislation and the SIS and law enforcement to perform there duty's as they are do now. While the threat from organizations that are foreign based cant be ruled out it is more likely that the main danger is from a small bunch of nutty separatists in the North Island.
Originally posted by donwhite
Q. Does anyone have any idea how many military and naval O9s and O10s have left the service EARLY since the First Designated President took office?
We have a shortage of state housing but it isn’t related to people who are in the country illegally. If I had to guess were you would most likely find illegal workers I would say on Vineyards and other seasonal work. Smuggling, Bio Security are more likely to be threats posed to NZ. An out break of Mad Cow disease would devastate the NZ economy and would bring about the closest thing to depression era conditions.
Should the government fail to rework anti terrorism laws and law enforcement fail to nip any problems in the bud and the right economic conditions prevail it may be possible. Here is my take no one is going to take up arms due to a lack political representation. Now say the depression goes for 12 years. I am sure that there would social unrest the question is would it lead to a wider insurgency?
The term Watts Riots refers to a large-scale riot which lasted six days in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, in August 1965. There had previously been a build up of racial tension in the area. On May 7, 1965, two LA (Caucasian) cops pulled over Leonard Deedwyler, an African American man rushing his pregnant wife to the hospital.
The younger cop approached the car and stuck the barrel of his gun in the window, moments later Deedwyler fell sideways in his seat, DEAD. The coroner’s jury verdict cleared the cop of all accusations, claiming the car had lurched suddenly.
The Simi Valley 1992 acquittal of 3 LA police and the hung jury on the 4th, of excessive force used on Rodney King, triggered the massive 4-day Los Angeles riots of 1992, one of the most intense civil disturbances in U.S. history. By the time the police, US Army, Marines and National Guard restored order, there was nearly $1 billion in damage and 53 deaths; 2,383 injuries; more than 7000 fire responses; and 3,100 businesses damaged.
Smaller riots occurred in other US cities such as Las Vegas and Atlanta. On May 1, 1992, the third day of the LA riots, King appeared in public before television news cameras to appeal for calm . . en.wikipedia.org...
Around the turn of the last century, many white people in the United States were eager to draw a thick, bold line separating the races. Sometimes they drew the line in blood. The Tuskegee Institute recorded nearly 5,000 lynchings of black people between 1880 and 1930. Historians say there were thousands more. Most lynchings happened in Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama - in the Deep South. So it was a shock when the 1930 headline, "Duluth Mob Lynches Three Negroes . . " June 15 is the anniversary of the lynching.
A collection of lynching photos made into post cards is found in a new book, “Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America” offered at Barnes and Noble. Synopsis: The Tuskegee Institute records the lynching of 4,742 blacks between 1882 and 1968. This is probably a small percentage of these murders, which were seldom reported . . These images are some of photography's most brutal, surviving to this day so that we may now look back upon the carnage and perhaps know our history and ourselves better. The almost one hundred images reproduced here are a testament to the camera's ability to make us remember what we often choose to forget. search.barnesandnoble.com...
BLACK ATTITUDES AND THE 1960s BLACK RIOTS:
Nearly all aggregate-level studies of political violence use objective indicators to assess an aggrieved group's dissatisfactions and deprivations . . Moreover, even if such correlations do exist, detractors contend there is no inherent relation between felt grievances and participation in - or support of - collective violent protest. The 1968 Kerner Commission's 15-Cities Study provides a unique set of data to test both of these objections.
Is the low US dollar such a bad thing? The consensus locally is that the high NZ dollar is hurting our exporters. The high NZ dollar may also be shielding us from rising fuel costs. Of course the cost of petrol is going up but I guess it could hit $2 quicker then it will.
Free Trade is the avenue available to US exporters it is up to them to create products that meet demands of overseas markets. So it is possible that the low US dollar could be used to give exporters an advantage in the market place. IMO the US economy needs to become more export driven because a healthy economy is necessary for a strong domestic market.
Originally posted by Justin Oldham
I had a chance to watch the Secretary of the Treasury talk about changes that the Bush administration wants to make to the Federal Reserve. To be honest, this proposal is what I would've expected from a Democrat. Once again, Mr. Bush has set forces in motion that will grow the size of government. Those who radicalize over the next decade just got one more reason to be militant.