Open Forum – Wednesday

17 January 2018

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31 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  January 17, 2018

    Business confidence is down. And that means higher prices folks.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11975888

    • Blazer

       /  January 17, 2018

      business confidence is always down when Labour are elected.Profits for 2017 calendar year are already down.Why should it mean ..higher prices..as far as houses,butter and potato’s go…I don’t think they could get much…higher.

      • Corky

         /  January 17, 2018

        When business confidence is down for any length of time ( likely under Labour), businesses start to consolidate and rationalise. That cuts back on supply and choice; that leads to higher prices because of supply and demand.

        • Blazer

           /  January 17, 2018

          give me an example…sounds suss.

          • Corky

             /  January 17, 2018

            Sure. I buy a line of speciality products from Britain, as do my competitors. Unfortunately my company is just above the redline mark, as are many businesses regardless of economic conditions. The government hasn’t sent any strong signals to the business community about their intentions. Taxation is up in the air. And if their education policy is anything to go by, they don’t like private enterprise.

            The accountant tells me we can’t afford a possible tax hit. The government still isn’t sending positive signals to business. I decide to bale. That’s less product in my area and the country. That allows my competitors a price advantage.
            Product prices go up. But they then decide to rationalise and cut their product selection and services because of economic uncertainty. Product prices may go up again if rationalisation doesn’t work. And on it goes.

            It’s all a about confidence. That confidence was there under National. Businesses could plan ahead knowing what to expect.

            • Blazer

               /  January 17, 2018

              its always about trust and confidence.National has managed to con people into the absolute mischief that they are sound economic managers,a safe pair of hands.There is no evidence to support this.As prominent economists insist..Govts by and large have minor influence on the economy.Interest and forex rates do however.These are not a reflection of Govt policy.Globalisation and the so called open economy means a small player like NZ is always vulnerable to international..’events’.Without knowing what your product is..I suspect the growing trend of online commerce will fill any vacuum and address any price competition that might occur from a coy exiting a particular…market.

            • Patzcuaro

               /  January 17, 2018

              “Leung said previous surveys show business confidence tends to drop when Labour takes office and increase when National is in charge, but that sentiment has a muted impact on actual trading activity.”

              The above quote is from the Herald article

  2. lurcher1948

     /  January 17, 2018

    Businesses are sulking as they are having to face new realities,ie the loss of the hated 90 day trial and paying their employees REAL wages.Maybe the snowflakes have to face the brave new world out there…and grow backbones.

  3. Corky

     /  January 17, 2018

    President Trumpy in excellent health. Good living and the ‘RIGHT’ attitude towards life is the way to go. The only negative is, like others on this blog, he is taking medication to lower his cholesterol. Not good; the latest studies show the higher the total cholesterol count in elderly folk, the longer they live.

    • lurcher1948

       /  January 17, 2018

      He’s obese and his doctor is just trying to save his cushy job.

      • Corky

         /  January 17, 2018

        Obese? No,overweight. Suck it up. Lurchy, And pace yourself. This is going to be a bad year for Labour.

    • NOEL

       /  January 17, 2018

      Might not be related to the higher cholesterol count.
      Elderly on cholesterol lowering medications, which may or may not be needed, usually are prescribed blood pressure lowering medication and many give up smoking.

      • Corky

         /  January 17, 2018

        That. I assume would have to taken into account otherwise many of the tests would be rubbished. Besides blood pressure medication is a negative on your health, even if it lowers blood pressure. Blood pressure medication may save your life.. or.it may kill you.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  January 17, 2018

          Well, Lurch-would you be willing to tell Trump to change his diet and lifestyle ?

          Nor would I.

          • lurcher1948

             /  January 17, 2018

            let me buy you more cheese burghers POTUS what could go wrong

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 18, 2018

              …and do have my chips as well as your own…no, really, take them. Would you like one of McDonald’s deep-fried pies-no-make that one of each flavour-to follow ? Mr Trump ? Mr Trump ? (slapslapslap) hello ?

          • Corky

             /  January 17, 2018

            Cognitive results.- 30/30. Some snivelling toerag reporter asked the doctor how Trumpy could eat burgers and KFC and still receive a clean bill of health. The doctor replied with a wry smile..’genetics.’ Like all great leaders of the right, he’s a perennial winner.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 17, 2018

              Like all great leaders…..Trump a great leader ? Oh hahaha.

            • Corky

               /  January 17, 2018

              I honestly don’t know why you are laughing. He’s just piddled over people like you- who hold negative views about him- again!

            • lurcher1948

               /  January 17, 2018

              dumb and DUMBER discribes the alt right and Trump SUPPORTERS around here, expectations are very low in their lives

            • Corky

               /  January 17, 2018

              Lol,coming from you, that’s a hoot, Lurchy.

      • Gezza

         /  January 17, 2018

        Trump passes cognitive test he specifically requested, & shows proof …

        • Corky

           /  January 17, 2018

          FOLKS…I HAVE SIMPLIFIED THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER FOR DEMOCRATS AND OTHER UNBEAUTIFUL PEOPLE.

    • Gezza

       /  January 17, 2018

      Fox’s Hannity today. Ok, so it’s Hannity, but it’s still worth a look at the first few minutes of this to see how obsessed the US msm is with Trump, first with their questions about his mental health & then about his diet & lifestyle. I can’t imagine any other President or world leader’s doctor getting this kind of grilling from reporters. (A chuckle in here where one reporter says he’s just asking a philosophical question when he means a hypothetical one.)

  4. sorethumb

     /  January 17, 2018

    How the Alt-Right Uses Social Science to Make Racism Respectable

    These days, much of the alt-right has gone mainstream, often cloaking its racism in pseudo-social-scientific theory. I first got a taste of this style of debate 10 years ago, when I criticized Bill Cosby in The Washington Post for his national tour emphasizing “personal responsibility,” in which he lambasted black America’s poorest and mass-incarcerated for their bad English, bad dress, and bad behavior. One reader called me out for supposedly hiding black crime rates, writing: “Blacks accounted for 13% of the U.S. population in 2005, but were victims in 15% of all nonfatal violent crimes and nearly half of all homicides.”
    https://www.thenation.com/article/how-the-alt-right-uses-social-science-to-make-racism-respectable/
    Not on.

    • sorethumb

       /  January 17, 2018

      “Populations” is better than “race”. There’s no malice around Charles Murray, he comes across as a wise grandparent: “you may go to MIT if your IQ is _ but you’ll be the dumbest one in the class so you may as well go to _” etc.

    • Corky

       /  January 17, 2018

      Were’s the racism?

      • Corky

         /  January 17, 2018

        Try ‘ where’s.’

      • phantom snowflake

         /  January 17, 2018

        Considering his/her previous comments; my theory is that what sorethumb is saying is that the “Alt-Right” (GOOD GUYS!!) shouldn’t use “Social Science” (infested with EVIL COMMUNISTS!!) in order to “Make Racism Respectable” (A WORTHY OBJECTIVE!!) In other words, the end shouldn’t justify the means, even for those on the Faaaaar Right. Stunning stuff.

        • Corky

           /  January 17, 2018

          I’m having trouble with this:

          ”One reader called me out for supposedly hiding black crime rates, writing: “Blacks accounted for 13% of the U.S. population in 2005, but were victims in 15% of all nonfatal violent crimes and nearly half of all homicides.””