Open Forum – Saturday

16 July 2016

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  1. Missy

     /  16th July 2016

    No major update today, as with most places the news today has been dominated by the attack in Nice, so domestic politics has been sidelined, so the only thing to report is the meeting today between Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May.

    It has been reported that Theresa May has told Nicola Sturgeon that there will be no second independence referendum – they had their chance and they lost. However, Theresa May has also made it clear that she will ensure the Brexit deal is good for all of the UK, not just England.

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  2. Blazer

     /  16th July 2016

    Gaynor at NZH….’One of the most disturbing aspects of the Dick Smith saga was Anchorage’s release to the ASX on August 18, 2014 containing the following statement: “We are writing to inform you that in light of the recent trading results and our positive view of the company’s future prospects, we currently have no intention of selling at the prevailing market price.”

    Dick Smith’s share price, which was A$1.96 before Anchorage’s August 18 announcement, shot up to its all time high of A$2.38 on September 11. On September 19, Anchorage sold its entire 20 per cent shareholding for A$105m or A$2.22 a share.’……its only a rort if you’re not in on it.I see Bill Wavish, Bendon and Warriors director was involved ,made a ‘handy’ earn too.

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  3. Conspiratoor

     /  16th July 2016

    Military coup reported in Turkey. Military is secular while Erdogan is an apologist for islam. Interesting development

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  4. Blazer

     /  16th July 2016

    Dame Ann Salmond….food for thought ….’ If the aim of life is personal success, those who have failed are at fault and must bear the consequences, those who lose their jobs, for instance, or the homeless.

    Once the pursuit of individual advantage takes over, many of our collective institutions are corroded. Truth turns to spin or lies. Justice becomes the preserve of the privileged. Ideas of democracy and “a fair go” seem outmoded. In the name of progress, we sacrifice the future of our own children and the planet.

    Responsibility for dealing with the fall-out – climate change, environmental degradation, extreme disparities of wealth, housing crises – is handed over to government that, according to neo-liberal dogma, should not interfere with the free play of the “market”.

    The outcome, as one might expect, is an abject failure to tackle major threats to human prosperity and survival. For this reason, neo-liberalism is sometimes described as one of humanity’s worst ideas, along with communism, whose hypercollectivism is the flip side of neo-liberalism’s hyperindividualism.’….http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11674724

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    • Very well worded isn’t it Blazer? Succinct and unequivocal.

      “The truth can never be told so as to be understood, and not be believed” – William Blake.

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  5. I saw on ‘The Nation’ that the Govt. are still maintaining the B-S that ‘treatment & reducing harm is the priority’ when in fact its an 80-20 split on resources: 80% on Law Enforcement to 20% ONLY, on Health care !

    They apparently spend more on busting Meth/P users, than on treatment of alcoholics ! (Legal drug addicts).. supposedly thx to the PM, the arrest rate has about halved.. BUT they dont mention that its still at an all time high. The police apparently have stepped back on busting ALL pot-smokers to just some.. well I hear the focus is now a zero-tolerance on Meth/P users. “Bust ’em all boys” (in blue)

    I’m certain Comm. Anslinger will be laughing in his grave at NZs ‘success record’ on maintaining the status quo only approach to DRUGS !! 😦

    Jamie Whyte summed it up perfectly: “The War on Drugs is LUNACY” (one of the few ties I agree with ACT) 🙂

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    • “I tried it man.. but I didn’t inhale.”
      I guess if it worked for a USA President, it should be the best defence for us all ! 😀

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  6. Ray

     /  16th July 2016

    Jets flying low over Akara, some rifle firing, the Imram have called the people onto the streets despite the military curfew
    Your intrepid reporter presently holed up in the Ankara Hilton.

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    • Zedd

       /  16th July 2016

      can you guess where I is calling from ?
      (Not) the Las Vegas Hilton

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  7. I read that a company were ordered to pay a $32k compensation to a ‘Truckkie’ who failed a Drugs test & was labeled ‘Druggie’ . He supposedly invoked the ‘I inhaled second hand smoke at a party’ defence. The company failed to follow their own guidelines.
    I cant believe in this day & age we still see ANY positive test as a zero-tolerance ‘Your Fired’ reason to dismiss. UNBELIEVABLE 😦 😦

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    • ‘scuse me while I light my Spl#ff

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  16th July 2016

        If he was that stoned on second-hand smoke, he shouldn’t have been there knowing that he was going to be on the road, risking his own life and other people’s lives. I prefer not to be in danger because some other driver is stoned or drunk. Second-hand smoke ? What does he take people for ? I’ve been at parties where dope was smoked, and there was never anything like enough smoke to stone someone who wasn’t smoking it themselves.

        Truck drivers have to have a zero tolerance. If they don’t mind killing themselves, fair enough, but they are far more likely to kill other people.

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        • @kck

          you dont have ingest enough second hand smoke to get high.. just enough to ‘test positive’ which I hear is a very minor amount. There positive level is about half a click above zero.. :/

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        • Nelly Smickers

           /  16th July 2016

          Did you ever get along to any parties in the *Hutt* during the late 80’s Kitzy ❓

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      • Gezza

         /  17th July 2016

        ‘scuse me while I light my Spl#ff
        This guy excuses you & so do I Zeddo.

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        • patupaiarehe

           /  17th July 2016

          LOL G, I’m not even close to tired myself. Check out this guy…

          That clip is old, and he is now earning a six figure salary, thanks to google ads…

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    • patupaiarehe

       /  16th July 2016

      Any employer with half a brain would have asked him to undertake a saliva test, after his initial fail.

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  8. Nelly Smickers

     /  16th July 2016

    Kimmy *throws down the gorntlet* on twitter ❗

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    • The two of them could have a ‘Fight for Life’ Queensbury Rules, “put up your dukes” boxing match together Nelly and revisit old antagonisms simultaneously … yet again?

      Maybe suggest it to Banksy next time he comes over for dinner with you and Wayne?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  16th July 2016

        It’s ‘gauntlet’. (winces at thought of anyone pronouncing it as if it had an r in it)

        Old news, stale news, no longer interesting to anyone except, it would seem, Kim Fatbum. We’ve all long ago moved on to other things.If KF thinks that John Banks reads KF’s Twitter, he’s even more of a delusional egomaniac that I thought.

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      • Blazer

         /  16th July 2016

        I’d put money on Banks in a boxing fight,had a good punch when he played for Mt Albert.

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  9. Blazer

     /  16th July 2016

    fashion,a vital cog in a consumer society….

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  10. patupaiarehe

     /  17th July 2016

    I’m probably going to get a warning for posting this, and it will be well deserved. ‘Somebody’ said earlier that they appreciate good music, and don’t listen to the lyrics. So if you are easily offended, well, don’t! Goodnight all 🙂

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  11. patupaiarehe

     /  17th July 2016

    Seriously G, I’m off now. But just listen to this one. The music tells a story… This song is about meth. Crazy & heavy, until he gets his fix. Then the music goes mellow….for a while…then descends back into chaos….

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