Open Forum – Friday

30 June 2017

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35 Comments

  1. chrism56

     /  June 30, 2017

    Here is proof of what will be the effect of Labour’s minimum wage policy – more unemployment.

    Posted: https://yournz.org/2017/06/30/labours-minimum-wage-policy/

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 30, 2017

      Yes, add the threat/competition from automation and that is inevitable. But the inevitable onslaught of regulation from the Left would have a far bigger impact on unemployment unless they reverted to their traditional strategy of making everyone poor by regulating foreign competition out of the markets.

      The world awaits the socialist realisation that the only way to nirvana is by reducing costs and increasing efficiency and productivity – not the reverse.

      • Blazer

         /  June 30, 2017

        are you talking about trade barriers and tariffs Al…..which countries do not have these?

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  June 30, 2017

          The wealthiest little countries: Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore, …

          • Blazer

             /  June 30, 2017

            Honkers is the best example…they still have restrictions though.The Euro countries always protect ..agriculture.

      • Gezza

         /  June 30, 2017

        And yet you support Trumpy, Al – who basically wants to introduce tarrifs & require companies like steel companies to use American & buy American – to regulate foreign competition out of the markets. How do you reconcile the two different positions?

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  June 30, 2017

          Quite right, G. Obviously Trump is going to adopt the socialist strategy of taxing everyone via higher prices to reduce unemployment. The difference is that he is also actively scrapping regulations which will increase efficiency and productivity so this will counteract the protectionism costs. The Left do the opposite and create compounding cost escalations.

  2. Gezza

     /  June 30, 2017

    A wonderful treat today Kitty. While I was having a coffee outside & looking down into the stream I witnessed a five-bird flight from a squadron of Welcome Swallows race by below me, Southwards, down in the stream, at about angels 2-3 metres above the water. They then raced back up the stream, performed some impressive, joyful, high speed aerobatics in front of me, and shot South again. A rare sight. Never seen them in the stream before. Those little pretties can sure pack some pace.

    • patupaiarehe

       /  June 30, 2017

      I had a similar moment yesterday G. Ducked outside for a ciggy, and one of our resident Tui flew up, & perched on the gutter directly above me. Under two metres away, but it obviously knew that I couldn’t jump up & grab it, even if I had wanted to. I attempted my best ‘Tui whistle’, which got it interested. They are magnificent creatures, and I’d never really appreciated how big they were, until I saw one as close as I did yesterday. The two of us just stood there, sizing each other up, for a good ten minutes. Unfortunately I had left my phone inside, so didn’t get a picture. It eventually grew bored with the silly human attempting to make bird noises, and flew back to the pohutukawa on the other side of the yard. I could feel the air move from under it’s wings, as it made it’s retreat, from it’s perch just above me…

      • Gezza

         /  July 1, 2017

        So many Tuis here they’ve almost become part of the background. They have beautiful songs which for some odd reason, after delivering them, they then wreck the moment with a series of horrible clicks & harsh squarks. Not unlike Mr Little, when I think about it. Ah, give me the lilting songs of the bellbird!

        When you first see them, tuis look a bit like a blackbird with a with a white bib. When you see one close up, though, especially during the breeding season, you realise how much bigger they are, how they are swathed in feathers of a deep black/blue irridescence, and how their feathers are outlined with delicate & precise etched edges of white. And that they are actually a fascinating & beautiful raptor dinosaur descendent – like all birds are.

  3. patupaiarehe

     /  June 30, 2017

  4. lurcher1948

     /  June 30, 2017

    Trump comes through with the goods, made my Friday….thanks
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2017/jun/29/trump-twitter-mika-brzezinski

    • Corky

       /  June 30, 2017

      Yeah, you should hear what this neurotic twat and her cohorts have been saying about Trump. Tit for Tat,son.

  5. lurcher1948

     /  June 30, 2017

    PG can you tell us in NZ why trump has a thing with females bleedin??,period blood,face blood irish female reportersHARASING blood coming out of there eyes, you will moderate me, but its a topic as hes the potus and its your blog and lets not be SHY ie WORTH DISCUSSING

    • patupaiarehe

       /  June 30, 2017

      What are you on about Lurch? Are you feeling OK??? 😉

      • lurcher1948

         /  June 30, 2017

        Read his TXTs regarding females or else you could be as wacky is him

        • patupaiarehe

           /  June 30, 2017

          He doesn’t text me anymore Lurch. Snob! 😉

    • lurcher1948

       /  June 30, 2017

      Had a wacky upbring.Some say he’s mad or cañnot relate to females ie multable marriages, lusting after daughter has a nassistitic personality so he’s a weird person

      • Corky

         /  June 30, 2017

        You are talking about two thirds of the worlds population, and most on this site. The difference is nobody notices weirdos with no money…..and no fame.

        • patupaiarehe

           /  June 30, 2017

          You’re being evil, Corky… 😉 It is actually possible to appreciate beauty, without lusting after it. Reminds me of a smoko room conversation, a few weeks back…
          One of the boys at work has a 17 year old daughter, who is FAR from unattractive. She modelled in a fashion show recently, and Dad was showing one of the other guys a picture of her on his phone. The ‘resident bastard’ wanders in, and grabs the phone. Looks at it for a second or two, and says “She’s hot!”. Dad says, “Oi, thats my daughter you’re talking about!”. The ‘RB’, looks at Dad, looks at the phone again, then looks back at Dad, smiling sheepishly. “Shit mate, she’s lucky she inherited your recessive genes!”. Ouch! 😀 😀 😀

  6. patupaiarehe

     /  June 30, 2017

    A nice mellow cover, from the late great Chris Cornell. Enjoy…

  7. PDB

     /  June 30, 2017

    Glenn Shorrock (original little River Band lead singer) was born on this day and has just turned 72. My mum loved this band……

    • PDB

       /  June 30, 2017

      Speaking of classic Aussie bandsof the 1970’s, this one springs to mind – is this song really about you in your youth Patu?

      • patupaiarehe

         /  June 30, 2017

        Many thanks for that ‘New release’, Pants. Here’s one for you, which is a far better reflection of my mis-spent youth… 😉

  8. patupaiarehe

     /  June 30, 2017

    I’ve been trying to encourage Jr to explore different styles of music. Playing heavy metal might impress his mates, but IMHO ‘power chords’ are a lazy option. So I introduced him to ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’. Made him listen to it by himself a few times, then explain to me what the song meant. And he got it.
    So anyway, as one does, when one is trying to learn a song nowadays, we searched youtube for different ‘takes’ on it. Mike Masse does a really good cover, but what you see below, is IMHO even better than the original. Gives me ‘goosebumps’, every time I hear it…

    • Stunning interpretation.

      • patupaiarehe

         /  July 1, 2017

        Sure is Trav. Which is why I love covers. Youtube is full of really talented musicians, who do serious justice to the original artist. I reckon Jimi would approve of this one…

        • Gezza

           /  July 1, 2017

          That’s the trick to my solo gigs, patu. Just a guitar & vocals. And my vocal range can never match those of the multitude of artists – male or female – whose songs I love. You can only get so far transposing chords up or down to get the vocals into the right range – so sometimes the best thing to do is just to re-interpret & arrange the song in a completely different way, like Joe Cocker was so good at. I do a very popular own-version of Into The Mystic because I’ve made it into something recognisable but completely different from The Van’s original.

          • patupaiarehe

             /  July 1, 2017

            Well that’s what you do G! Doesn’t matter how far departed from the original a ‘cover’ is, if it plays well, no-one cares.

  9. patupaiarehe

     /  July 1, 2017

    Things appear to be pretty quiet here tonight. I leave you guys alone for a couple of hours, and nothing happens. My children could learn a lot from this site… 😀

    • Gezza

       /  July 1, 2017

      Mainly things like – the sorts of people who it’s best to avoid, do you mean? 😳

      • patupaiarehe

         /  July 1, 2017

        Due to your absence, G, I couldn’t provide them with an example… 😛

        • Gezza

           /  July 1, 2017

          😳 🤔 There is evidence Sir Alan popped for a shandy? 😳