Open Forum – Tuesday

8 May 2018

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37 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  May 8, 2018

    formidable!

    • sorethumb

       /  May 8, 2018

      A friend of mien’s son got a good job at a bank in Australia. He works for three weeks and then can fly off (they pay) for a holiday [something like that]. It reminded me of John Grisham’s The Firm

    • unitedtribes2

       /  May 8, 2018

      Few bad debts added to the profit. Banks allow a very small percentage for bad debts so if fewer of those are significantly increasing the profit then its fare to say their margins are still quite small. They have cut costs which in turn is less charges to their customers if there is sufficient competition. Personally Im for a strong banking industry than facing bank failures. But they are a great target for those with nothing else to do. Are you a business person Blazer?

      • Blazer

         /  May 8, 2018

        Banking in NZ and other countries urgently needs reform imo.How small do you think there margins are…btw?

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 8, 2018

          There margins ?

          The first trip in The Firm wasn’t a holiday, it was business, but in a rather nicer place and hotel than any I ever had.

          Clever of the firm not to offer a deal that was so marvellous that it would make anyone suspicious, just that enough more to make the hero take it with delight and not question it…then,..

  2. sorethumb

     /  May 8, 2018

    NZ should heed warning on China influence: Clinton
    Warnings about Chinese efforts to gain political influence in New Zealand and Australia must be taken seriously, former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/356850/nz-should-heed-warning-on-china-influence-clinton

    Kiwiblog and Whale oil are China boosters. I was permamnently banned on Whaleoil for suggesting Chinese may be having an effect of Queenstown property values and I pointed out (the obvious) Chinese influence there. Slater the Traitor also mocks those who suggest Chinese are buying property out of proportion to their numbers.

    • unitedtribes2

       /  May 8, 2018

      The Collins effect no doubt. I cant remember why I was banned. Said something against the group think. One thing they cant stand over there is alternative ideas. Watch how quick the down tick come to this post

    • lurcher1948

       /  May 8, 2018

      The National party gets HEAPS of cash from the Chinese community, plus one of their list MPs have a direct line to the Chinese communist party, on top of all that X MPs get put on Chinese boards for their influence, i will post links if required

  3. Zedd

     /  May 8, 2018

    The latest product in Canada; ‘CannaBeer’ (funded by Govt.)

    http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/canada-firm-aims-to-tap-into-beverage-market-with-cannabis-beer_132454?profile=1373

    🙂 maybe another issue for NZ to look into ?? 🙂

    • Zedd

       /  May 8, 2018

      btw; IF you search the plant family names of Hops & cannabis/MJ.. they are both ‘cannabaceae’ flowers ; cousins.

      therefore; Is cannabis bud, really a strain of hops ?
      perfect for beer flavouring ! 😀

      • PartisanZ

         /  May 8, 2018

        Goes to show, doesn’t it Zedd, that if the “individual freedom”, “deregulation”, “level playing field” and such lies promised us by Rogerednomics had actually been permitted, all this amazing “innovation and entreprenuership” that Righties so worship would be flourishing in a positive, prosperous cannabis industry … earning the country possibly billions of dollars, employing thousands of Kiwi workers and lifting the curse of illegality …

        Numerous other industries too, I dare say …?

        People might even be contemplating replanting pine forests in cannabis and industrial hemp, rather than cursed pinus radiata which has almost nothing to recommend it?

        Such “freedom” wasn’t allowed post-1984 because it was never more than an indoctrination carrot-on-a-stick – re-regulation rather than deregulation – favouring, for instance, the liquor industry with a lowered drinking age, longer opening hours, more intoxicating drinks aimed specifically at teenagers, supermarket and superette sales, the ‘promotion’ of binge-drinking and so forth …

        Now countries who are legalizing are streaking away from us exponentially. It is to New Zealand’s eternal shame to have lost its progressive place in the world to corporate-capitalist-political Secular-Christian Conservative elitism …

        Maybe Big Liquor will take note and instruct the government to legalize cannabis if Canada’s innovative approach succeeds?

        That’s what its gonna take IMHO … An instruction from the government’s ‘masters’ …

    • unitedtribes2

       /  May 8, 2018

      Beerblongyoume

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 8, 2018

        Orchids and vaniila are cousins…nice try, Zedd.

  4. lurcher1948

     /  May 8, 2018

    VOLCANO UPDATE,its hot baby

    • sorethumb

       /  May 8, 2018

      Devastating. If it happens to Auckland , sink the rail ferries immediately!.

  5. lurcher1948

     /  May 8, 2018

    Listening to the scrawny ANDREW DICKENS right now on NZME ZB, Andrew is a really RIGHTWING HOST, who hates most NZs and the target today is the need for kiwifruit pickers,Andrewyou are a long skinny runt with skinny features,i will post a picture if required, ANDREW pick fruit for a while it could bulk you up a bit and stop you being a nasty righty,just saying

    • Blazer

       /  May 8, 2018

      compared to the short,bald,rotund,four eyed specimen hit with the ugly stick that runs a blog…Dickens is…adonis.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 8, 2018

        Adonis is a proper name; Adonis.

        Who on earth are you talking about ? They sound like a spaceman, especially with four eyes.

        • Gezza

           /  May 8, 2018

          It’s the primary schoolkids word for kids wearing glasses when they want to be horrible to them.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  May 8, 2018

            Yes, I remember it from then….but it sounds a bit odd when an adult says it, hence my comment. It’s a silly expression for anyone, even the under-10s.

    • Corky

       /  May 8, 2018

      You might like trying some Kiwifruit picking yourself, Lurchy. Since Pete put me into moderation my screen time has dropped along with 3kgs in weight. I thought my scales were faulty, so I doubled checked… the weight has gone. The only factor that’s changed in my life is less screen time sitting on my arse.

      This comes at a time when exercise is now being considered an essential for cancer patients in Australia. Maybe that should be extended to Keyboard Warriors.

      • “Since Pete put me into moderation”

        You’re responsible for that. I don’t believe you’ve addressed it.

        Good to hear you’re feeling healthier.

        • Corky

           /  May 8, 2018

          Thanks, Pete. I guess the problem from my perspective is simple: What constitutes an honest post using information already posted? And..is it wrong to point out inconsistencies in those posted comments? We seem to have diverging views.

          However, I don’t mind moderation. It keeps me out of trouble. And I reckon another couple of kgs loss may be on the cards.

          Keep the good work up.

          • If I recall correctly the problem was mostly targeting people too much rather than addressing what’s been said. It ends up in too much shittiness and too many shit fights.

  6. Gezza

     /  May 8, 2018

    Question No 8

    Speaker Trev told Stuart Nash off for acting like naughty child. Stuart stood & took umbrage at this. Trev told him too bad, get stuffed – or words to that general effect. Very funny.

    • Gezza

       /  May 8, 2018

      … and, following Quesrion 10, Speaker Trev just stood and anounced that on reflection he had twice used an expression to refer to a member that was inapprpriate and he apologised to Mr Nash and to The House.

      • David

         /  May 8, 2018

        He is a terrible speaker. Bridges is pretty woeful in parliament too.

        • Gezza

           /  May 8, 2018

          Bridges is hopelessly robotic.

    • Gezza

       /  May 8, 2018

      Beehive Letters

  7. sorethumb

     /  May 8, 2018

    500 people have name down for 12 Rules for life – Leighton Smith (at a local library).

    • Gezza

       /  May 8, 2018

      Pleased to hear it. That’ll be up to 500 fewer whiners when they’ve read it.

    • Griff

       /  May 8, 2018

      500 people to tight to spend 25 bucks buying their own copy.
      ……..

      • PartisanZ

         /  May 8, 2018

        Or Lobsters can’t read maybe …? They have to be told.