Monday, July 31, 2006

last blog of the month

Stupefying students
Govt announces new draft school curriculum comprising eight 'learning areas' and five 'key competencies.' Briefly: It's more streamlined than its unwieldy predecessor (teacher friendly), but imo there's still huge question marks over the necessity of learning (foreign) languages, and the content of the arts, social sciences & health components. I'll have a longer detailed moan after I've fully read the document. Major alarm bells over requirement that "schools & teachers express the values that are important to community & democratic society through their everyday actions and teaching in all areas."
These values include
'community', 'diversity', & 'caring for the environment.' In other words, socialist nostrums, multi-culti homilies and greenie gobbledeegook.

Air Force Acquisitions
The RNZAF to get 8 new NH90 helicopters to replace our antiquated Iroquois and become the "cornerstone of our defence capabilities." Due to arrive from 2010, each NH90:
  • can carry 19 people rather than the Iroquois' eight, or 12 fully equipped troops rather than 5.
  • has a cruising speed of 260km/h, about 1/3 faster than the Iroquois, and can fly 800km rather than just 180km.
  • has a total lift capacity of 4 tonnes - almost 5x that of an Iroquois.
TV One news clip was pretty cool - never knew choppers could do twirls, spins, somersaults & all those other tricky gymnastics. Ozzies also to buy 46 new NH90s, but our ones will go slightly faster since kiwi pilots won't have big fat Fosters beer-bellies that'll weigh the plane down & make it go slower. I'm not being mean here, and in no way disresepctful to the ADF, but it's pure physics - heavier things don't travel as fast.
(I'm sure my friend - who's very knowledgeable on these matters - would agree 100%)

Monday mauling
See the netball? What a thrashing! NZ 94 - Sth Africa 25. Happy 50th Birthday, anyway, coach Ruth Aitken!

2 comments:

fm said...

Not true! Heavier things take longer to accelerate (and decelerate) but do go just as fast in the end! Maybe they teach physics differently down there in the frozen south. I hear every student wins a prize in your system :-)

PS. I heard you ordered nine helos BTW.

phil said...

Harrumph!

My one great scientific discovery, and you have to go and ruin it ;-)