Open Forum – Friday

6 January 2017

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39 Comments

  1. Klik Bate

     /  January 6, 2017

    My niece in the US sez, ‘With only a week to go until the Inauguration, it’s hard to believe the amount of disrespect being shown the President-Elect on social media….’

    • Gezza

       /  January 6, 2017

      Morning Klik. Shouldn’t this be in Media Watch? There are standards here you know. 😕

      • Gezza

         /  January 6, 2017

        Who’s got it in for standards at this hour of the morning? Are you a communist? 😡

        • Klik Bate

           /  January 6, 2017

          It’s the same fella as always Gezza – sitting there with one hand hovering over the keyboard, the other down the front of his undies o_O

          • lucher1948

             /  January 6, 2017

            He’s not wearing undies…

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 6, 2017

              Please, someone ask the question, I am too much of a lady.

            • Gezza

               /  January 6, 2017

              Very well, but only because I am a gentleman.

              Lurch. Kitty wishes to know if you are referring to yourself in third person above.

            • lucher1948

               /  January 6, 2017

  2. Joe Bloggs

     /  January 6, 2017

    The legitimacy of the 2016 US Electoral College vote has been severely criticised in newly released legal briefing prepared by a bipartisan nationwide legal team for members of Congress

    More than 50 Electoral College members who voted for Donald Trump were ineligible to serve as presidential electors because they did not live in the congressional districts they represented or held elective office in states legally barring dual officeholders.

    http://www.salon.com/2017/01/05/at-least-50-donald-trump-electors-were-illegally-seated-as-electoral-college-members-report_partner/

    Cue cries of outrage from the “my candidate won I don’t want to know” camp.

  3. Conspiratoor

     /  January 6, 2017

    And so it begins…

    “The United States ambassador to New Zealand will head back home soon, as president-elect Donald Trump has urgently recalled all overseas ambassadors.
    According to the article, Mr Trump will be breaking with decades of precedent by declining to provide a grace period for those living overseas. It’s been said there are “no exceptions”.
    The article also says Mr Trump has taken a hard line against leaving any of President Obama’s political appointees in place as he prepares to take office.
    It is well-known Mr Gilbert is a good friend of Barack Obama”

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/us-ambassador-being-yanked-nz-trump-takes-hard-line

    • Klik Bate

       /  January 6, 2017

      Was he the same chappy who was openly…..gay ❓

      • No, he left a couple of years ago – David Huebner.

      • Conspiratoor

         /  January 6, 2017

        Why? Does it matter?

        • Klik Bate

           /  January 6, 2017

          No, not at all. Just didn’t want to get him confused with that other chap who crapped on the girls front door step. o_0

          • Conspiratoor

             /  January 6, 2017

            Oh I see. He was a coffee coloured diplomat from a despotic paradise if I recall. The crap was a ‘love offering’, a symbol of sexual arousal in his culture. At least that was what the judge was told

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 6, 2017

            Wrong country. Was he an ambassador ?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  January 6, 2017

              No, he was just an attache as I recall.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 6, 2017

              I was certain that he wasn’t, and was nothing very important.

            • Klik Bate

               /  January 6, 2017

              I think you’re right Alan….a bit of a ….hard case.

  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  January 6, 2017

    I cannot believe that it made the news-a two year old is the youngest person ever to go on a particular ride at wherever it is. We even saw film of junior on the ride and interviews with his parents and the ride owner or manager. It’s bizarre that anyone would keep records of the ages of those who go on it and expect anyone to find it interesting !

    • What news media Miss Kitty? And what other news or whatever else was it competing with?

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 6, 2017

        3 News. There must have been SOMETHING more interesting than THAT happening-it was quite a long item. Too yawn-making for words.

        • The quality of news nowadays is determined by what it’s “up against” on other channels and media, be that ‘competition’ news, gossip, ‘reality’, drama or mocu-documentary. Since most of those are SO INCREDIBLY BAD, the news has to be even worse to to entice people away …

          This is the ratings-driven, corporatized, ‘free market’ competition environment in action … the race to the bottom …

          So what did you switch to instead …?

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 6, 2017

            Nothing, I just groaned and hoped that some real news was on its way….

            • There you go Miss Kitty, the price you pay for not letting the spirit of competition completely infect your soul, and hence seek other quick rewards …

              They’re only a push-button away on the remote …

              … if you can afford batteries for it …

              How did we ever survive without these gadgets?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 6, 2017

              I remember when remotes were optional 😀 They were quite expensive.

            • There was nothing wrong with getting up out the LaziBoy, crossing the tobacco-smoke filled room, obscuring everyone’s view, getting yelled at and turning a dial manually …

              Its like an electric egg beater … Who needs it? Hardly anyone. The demand for them is all advert-driven “want, want, want” and ‘fake ease’ demand … Its snake oil BS!

              I operate an late 40s, early 1950s manual, twin-blade egg beater that’s served 3 generations. Its gearing is powerful enough to use it as a cake mixer … Good exercise too …

              Are all these so-called ‘labour saving devices’ actually saving us work? I doubt it in many and perhaps even most cases …(please note that dave, “many and perhaps even most” is not “absolutely all”) …

              Look at what it ultimately costs to earn the money to buy them?

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 6, 2017

        I sincerely hope that it was on that medium and not other media. Two year old goes on roller coaster (or whatever ir was) How zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

        • TV3 probably picked it up off social media Miss Kitty …

          That way they could zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz while they worked …

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 6, 2017

            My dog had some Chef casserole for dinner and ate it on a 70s plate made by Crown Lynn under one of their other names.It’s Moonglow pattern. Should I video this tomorrow and send it in ?

            • Gezza

               /  January 6, 2017

              Might make it on to TV3. Dog would have to be a recovering alcoholic to make it on to 1Ewes.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 6, 2017

              He says that he’s not one, so no 1Ewes for him. He used to eat handkerchiefs.

            • Gezza

               /  January 6, 2017

              Hm. THAT might make it onto 1Ewes. Were they healthy handkerchiefs?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 6, 2017

              Oh yes,pure cotton. My husband would take one out and if he was silly enough to drop it, put it down or have it sticking out of his pocket, the Artful Dogger would steal it.

            • Don’t “send it in” Miss Kitty … put it up on YouTube or Facebook or something … Make the MSM search it out and ‘discover’ it themselves …

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 6, 2017

              Oh no, I don’t want my dog’s life to be ruined by fame and fortune. He’s mother’s little star. He doesn’t need to be a celebridog.

            • duperez

               /  January 6, 2017

              The cotton is the vital link to get it on the news. Assuming it’s Egyptian cotton.

            • @ Miss Kitty – “Oh no, I don’t want my dog’s life to be ruined …”

              So, why did you ask, “Shall I send it in?”

              @ duperez – What about the cuteness or ugliness of the dog?

              Surely a big factor these days in the predominantly visual media … the Pictonet …?

              Miss Kitty … I suggest you act crazy … You know, a la ‘Hoarders’ or something … and play on the animal’s good looks or otherwise …

              These are the ‘extreme’ ingredients of modern television …

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 7, 2017

              Curses, they were not Egyptian cotton. Fido’s chance for 15 minutes of fame doggone…all because he ate the wrong kind of cotton….

              But he does eat off retro Kelston-Crown Lynn, once used as plantpot dishes (not very successful as they are pudding/soup bowls) like something from Antiques Roadshow 😀

              If people are prepared to watch other people cooking, they’ll watch anything. I know someone who’d probably watch the old test pattern if it was still on. Her television goes on as soon as she gets up and goes off when she goes to bed.