Open Forum – Sunday

13 January 2019


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  1. Blazer

     /  January 13, 2019

    the ‘Magic Show’ explained-no higher calling…

    ‘”The powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences. The apex of the systems was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world’s central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank…sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world.” ~ Carroll Quigley, Tragedy & Hope

  2. Over the past few weeks I have had grandchildren staying (and their parents). It’s been a lot of fun – beaches, playgrounds, movies, races, museums (four separate visits). And they have had plenty amuse themselves here at home. There was one very amusing thing.

    Grandson who has just turned five is very keen on practical things. He wanted to help build things, hammer things, screw things, and chop wood (axing), and he particularly wanted to chop down trees. I only let him try with a tomahawk, which was not very effective.

    So I promised to show him cutting down some trees with the chainsaw. He kept reminding me, until one day time and wind direction were favourable. I needed to replace the chain, which I did. He asked how I changed the chain.

    I said “I undid these nuts, removed that cover, put the new chain on around here, and put the cover and nuts back on”.

    He touched his crutch and said “In Australia we call these nuts”.

    • NOEL

       /  January 13, 2019

      In Australia this is a nut.

      “Australian humour is incredibly dry, sarcastic and at times self-deprecating, and gleans its material from social values of openness and directness.”

      No surprises there.

  3. Gezza

     /  January 13, 2019


    Memory card for 10-year old Sony Ericsson Cellphone with 2mp Cybershot Camera – out of stock at (or $56 plus at 2) NZ suppliers – ordered for $US 6.99 from eBay with advertised free delivery 28 December 2018 – delvery date estimated on confirmation, “10 January – 12 February”, arrived in my letterbox yesterday – 12 January.

    By China Post, sent from Guangdong. Trackable all the way; I didn’t bother. Pretty fast service I thought. You asked me to let you know when it got here.

  4. duperez

     /  January 13, 2019

    In recent weeks there has been discussion on here about road deaths. Julie Ann Genter mentioning zero road deaths was enough to keep comments going for years – you get that when a reference becomes a ‘promise.’

    In our region State Highway One is more than ever a topic. Some want barriers up the middle of lengths of it, some want a new road, others want it four-laned for parts if not the whole length and some just want it improved. Doing things with speed limits of course gets lots of attention. Some think the road is so dangerous they put big billboards alongside it to distract drivers.

    Concern about drink and driving, not wearing seatbelts and using mobile devices continues. There are even TV ads now about buying cars with the best ANCAP safety ratings.

    Given the best will in the world, the best roads and the best vehicles things still happen.

    Using the whakatauki in the context might upset some but in the circumstances it seems right:
    He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata
    What is the most important thing in the world?
    It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.

    • PartisanZ

       /  January 13, 2019

      However, if we take English, Pakeha, Tuaiwi or ‘Kiwi’ practice and translate it back into Te Reo it reads: He aha te mea nui o te ao. He putea, he putea, he putea … It is money, it is money, it is money …

      “The issues are speed, and how narrow the road is. Cars come speeding around the corner, and with cars parked on both sides of the road – especially on weekends – it is very narrow.”

      I believe this is a major problem in Auckland nowadays? Narrow two-lane roads around where I grew up, and later lived, where once everyone had off-street parking, are now fully parked-up against the curb on both sides 24/7, presumably because so many houses are either multi-car family homes or multi-car rental flats?

      24/7? Yes. In many places the suburban streets re-fill each day as residents go off to work and workers from nearby city-centres and shopping malls arrive to claim the ‘free’ parking … from whence they walk to work … St Lukes is a glaring example … as is either side of the CBD …

      • PartisanZ

         /  January 13, 2019

        Multi-family rental houses for that matter too … A housing crisis … as well as a parking crisis …

        That great legacy of Rogerednomics has greatly exacerbated this situation – the Jap import car …

        Let’s add some other Rogered-and-Ruthanased legacies into the mix … More stress in everyday life, especially working life, consequently more stressed and impatient drivers …

        Much extended or 24/7 shop opening-hours …

        Alcohol more freely available to younger people …

        More uncertain drivers, perhaps especially recently arrived Asian and other immigrants …

        More high-performance cars …

        The “Fast & Furious” entertainment industry … movies, series and games …

  5. Patzcuaro

     /  January 13, 2019

    Brokeback Mountain?

  6. lurcher1948

     /  January 13, 2019

    PG can you imagine our bright non mumbling PM Jacinda Adern posted this childish rant on social media,
    ,Donald J. Trump
    ‏Verified account
    20m20 minutes ago
    I will be interviewed by Jeanine Pirro at 9:00 P.M. on @FoxNews. Watch @JesseBWatters before and @greggutfeld after. All terrific people. I am in the White House waiting for Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy to call so we can start helping our Country both at the Border and from within!
    But you do realize Donald is a few steps away from incontinence pads and a room in a Rymans home for dementia