Open Forum – Thursday

20 December 2018


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  1. David

     /  December 20, 2018

    This is hilarious. Crooks getting justice and very clever if you like a bit of engineering.

  2. duperez

     /  December 20, 2018

    Maggie Barry is gone. Simon Bridges will not tolerate people in positions of power ‘belittling’ their staff.

    • That link doesn’t match. And i can’t find anything on it.

      • Gezza

         /  December 20, 2018

        Guessing was sposed to be a link to a Haumaha article including a damning comment by Bridges & Dupers was tongue in cheek suggesting if Bridges thinks belittling your staff is a no-no he’s honour bound to give Maggie the elbow.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  December 20, 2018

          Dupes was never one for worrying about semantics such as the difference between elected MP’s and appointed officials though, was he?
          And I guess also the difference between a report saying bullying was found, vs a case where as far as I am aware no bullying was found.
          Maggie is a Nat, so benefit of the doubt is out the window…

  3. PartisanZ

     /  December 20, 2018

    Mercenary thought for the day … Really, if its a ‘free market’, shouldn’t Charitocracies be left to their own devices and ‘fold’ like other businesses if they’re mismanaged? Unless, perhaps, they are filling a role abdicated by the austere ‘State’ …?

    The neoliberal dilemma …

    “What needs saving now, Bal says, is CanTeen itself. Last week the charity’s board announced it was laying off 17 staff, leaving just 16, and shutting eight offices. It is also partnering with CanTeen Australia to expand its services to a more affordable online platform, including counselling.

    String of deficits, staff turnover

    CanTeen, which relies on community support and donations, helps youngsters aged between 13 and 24 dealing with cancer. It provides someone to talk to, connects peers, runs activities and workshops, helps people with their grief. The website says: “CanTeen takes care of things like topping up your phone, getting you to appointments or the food situation in your cupboard so you don’t need to stress.”

    The charity’s finances have been poor for years. It has run continuous deficits since 2013. (In spite of this, its wage bill continued to rise, to $2.4 million this year, for 25 full-timers and seven part-timers.)”

  4. Patzcuaro

     /  December 20, 2018
  5. duperez

     /  December 20, 2018

    Gezza got it. Hell, first mistake of the year! (On this device can’t reply on the reply function.)

    • Gezza

       /  December 20, 2018

      I’m not just another pretty face like Griffy.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  December 20, 2018

        Don’t worry your pretty little heads about it, boys.

  6. Gezza

     /  December 20, 2018

    Mike Hosking’s totally lost the plot here I think. Finally gone right over the edge.
    Mike Hosking: Stupid, naive drug move bungle of year

    • PartisanZ

       /  December 20, 2018

      “Right over the edge” is such a perfect description Gezza … Thanks …

      Big backhander from a brewery or tobacco company maybe?

      • PartisanZ

         /  December 20, 2018

        “Lost the pot” ….. ?

        • Gezza

           /  December 20, 2018

          Yeah – I’ll say – where did his “cocaine” thing suddenly come from?

  7. lurcher1948

     /  December 20, 2018

    Mike Hosking at the whiff of a holiday he’s gone, got the loyalty of a cat moves on if the foods better next door like a holiday

  8. lurcher1948

     /  December 20, 2018

    The right here would approve, they are scared of sharia, and those damn muslins need putting down, and in their place

  9. The Consultant

     /  December 20, 2018

    Hey, speaking of sharia law…

    The dancing intensified … The hall swarmed with legs … Arms circled arms, lips met lips, chests met chests, and the atmosphere was full of love.

    That’s actually an excerpt from a book by largely unknown (in the West) Islamic intellectual Sayyid Qutb, who would go on to found The Muslim Brotherhood – from whom many Jihadist groups have descended and which is still a force in itself in the Middle East.He was executed by the Egyptian government back in the early 60’s but is regarded as one of the giants of the whole Islamic revival in recent decades.

    What Qutb is describing is not some scene from Club 54 in 1970’s Manhattan, but a dance at a church social in Greeley, Colorado in 1948, where Qutb was studying for a while. Greeley also happened to be a “dry” area. He also greatly objected to the music to which this scene was set, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”.

    Cue laugh track, because I certainly laughed when I read about this incident over a decade ago. But now…

    Now, I do realize that when the song was written in 1944, it was a different time, but now while reading it, it seems very manipulative and wrong. The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended, but in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place.

    That’s some knob named Glenn Anderson who heads some Cleveland’s radio station. Naturally they – and a few other stations around the US, banned the song recently, although there has been listener backlash and some have restored it to their Christmas playlist.

    But the sense of disgust, righteousness, superiority and the desire ban BadThink, is a perfect match between the two men, and their respective groups. You might even think that Anderson is some 2018 version of John Lithgow’s infamous preacher from painful 80’s movie Footloose, who bans dancing, like all good Fundamentalist Christians – except for that tell-tale mention of #MeToo.

    There’s an old joke about Prohibition being supported by Baptists and Bootleggers – this is much the same, but much scarier.

  10. David

     /  December 20, 2018

    Had to happen given business confidence, agriculture doing quite well because of the falling dollar.
    Remember Robertson going on and on and on that GDP per capita hadnt moved showing English was a failure.
    “GDP per capita – the amount the economy grew per person – was zero in the September quarter.”
    Not a good sign
    “Infrastructure investment and gross fixed capital formation – a measure of how much businesses are investing – both fell”
    Twyford,s Kiwibuild having an impact.
    “Weighed down by a fall in food manufacturing, and ongoing weakness in the construction sector, it was the weakest three months period since December 2013.”

    Time to batten down the hatches team

  11. Alan Wilkinson

     /  December 20, 2018

    Quarterly growth nosedives to lowest for 5 years and that’s before the recent sharemarket slump. Lefty reality follows business confidence down.

  12. PDB

     /  December 20, 2018

    RNZ: “Auckland City Mission has had to turn away hundreds of families lining up for Christmas food parcels across its three sites, as demand outstrips supply.”

    A couple of thoughts;

    *Considering the Auckland City Mission has in the past few years basically been advertising free stuff for anybody that turns up why are they surprised that this year demand outstrips supply?

    *The sad reality is that people that really do need help will now likely miss out because people that don’t need help are lining up for free stuff. In fact due to the long lines/ overnight camping for places in line maybe some of the more needy don’t even bother turning up in the first instance.

  13. lurcher1948

     /  December 20, 2018

    So chuck bird wants National back in power and Gerry Brownlee admitted allowing spying so under Sir Key the spy master lets look at the sins of the National party

  14. lurcher1948

     /  December 20, 2018

    So what a laugh the bald X traffic office larry williams said the drunk south african sentence shows a weak government, i would say how THICK he,NZME and right idiots who worship him

    • PDB

       /  December 20, 2018

      Just as well you’re here posting thoughtful, intelligent stuff on behalf of the left-wing Lurch.