Open Forum – Friday

14 July 2017

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  1. Trumpenreich

     /  July 14, 2017

    Faceberg founder and owner actually travels out into the real world of white Christian working class men and has an epiphany:

    “Mark Zuckerberg Finally Figured Out Why Trump Won; Hint: It Wasn’t Russia

    The invention of new techniques to fracture rock (fracking) to extract oil led to a boom where tens of thousands of workers moved from all around the country to pursue new jobs in this industry.

    They come here because these are good jobs where people with a high school diploma can make $100,000 a year.

    When the Dakota Access Pipeline was approved, that removed $6-7 per barrel of cost from producing oil in the region, which brought more investment and jobs here. A number of people told me they had felt their livelihood was blocked by the government, but when Trump approved the pipeline they felt a sense of hope again. That word “hope” came up many times around this. One person told me the night the pipeline was approved, people lit fireworks and rode trucks with American flags down Main Street to celebrate.

    Many people I talked to here acknowledged this, but also feel a sense of pride that their work contributes to serving real needs we all have every day — keeping our homes warm, getting to work, feeding us, and more. They believe competition from new sources of energy is good, but from their perspective, until renewables can provide most of our energy at scale, they are providing an important service we all rely on, and they wish they’d stop being demonized for it.

  2. Corky

     /  July 14, 2017

    The Whaler is starting to work the Left.

    Love the clip of` Pam. Brings back memories. What these dudes and dudesses weren’t going to do to Teflon John.

  3. lurcher1948

     /  July 14, 2017

    A principled person died this week a( person convicted of subversion of state power in China) the country anyone in power in NEW ZEALAND grovels to.
    The dissident/freedom fighter,the Noble Peace Prize 2010 winner LIU XIAOBO died after being denied treatment for cancer till far to late” remember the chinese state is our new BEST FRIEND
    Liu while in the prison camp dieing said”I committed no crimes and have no complaints”
    His wife the poet LIU XIA is still under house arrest and will not be at the funuel.
    Maybe we could offer the widow his wife a new life in New Zealand, after all you only have to step of the plane to be a New Zealander

    • Corky

       /  July 14, 2017

      ”Maybe we could offer the widow his wife a new life in New Zealand, after all you only have to step of the plane to be a New Zealander.”

      I would have no problem with that. But the New Zealand government would.

  4. sorethumb

     /  July 14, 2017

    Chris Trotter says race has no place in the immigration debate
    The thing is though race is often associated with a geography and a culture. I remember seeing our first Asians and thinking: “they must be doctors or something really clever”. otherwise, there is reciprocity to consider. Amongst Anglo countries, citizens could flow both ways. Essentially they have come here but we haven’t gone there. One reason Australia has cooled towards NZ is that there are so many Indians and Chinese in Eastern Australia they are looking in that direction (there gain.- our loss)

    • sorethumb

       /  July 14, 2017

      China today is extraordinarily homogenous. It sustains that by remaining almost entirely closed to new entrants except by birth. Unless someone is the child of a Chinese national, no matter how long they live there, how much money they make or tax they pay, it is virtually impossible to become a citizen. Someone who marries a Chinese person can theoretically gain citizenship; in practice few do. As a result, the most populous nation on Earth has only 1,448 naturalised Chinese in total, according to the 2010 census. Even Japan, better known for hostility to immigration, naturalises around 10,000 new citizens each year; in America the figure is some 700,000 (see chart).

  5. Corky

     /  July 14, 2017

    Just seen Johnny Campbell on One News. Geez, that mother has aged. Being stuck in a small radio studio without the globe trotting he was used to has probably hastened the ageing process, along with the weak Bell Tea and Gingernut biscuits.

    This rabid Leftwinger should bee back on television. I miss my daily dose of being offended by his korero. Kia Kaha, Johnny. One day opportunity will knock again.

    • Conspiratoor

       /  July 14, 2017

      No, he won’t brother corks. Red Radio is the end of the line. It’s where you go when ratings don’t matter

      • Corky

         /  July 14, 2017

        Viciously cruel, CSR. I hope Johnny doesn’t read your post. When hope dies….everything dies.

        • He’s a profligate whinger. He’s an overrated, overpaid, taxpayer funded voice of and for the left. He never represents the majority voice, has never represented them, apart from sport, and will never do so. Therefore he’s not doing his job under the fair and balanced charter