Open Forum – Tuesday

21  May 2019

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  1. David

     /  21st May 2019

    Liam Hehir, Stuffs 2nd best writer, makes the point well that Ardern is pretty much Key in a frock. Nothing has really changed and nothing will but tribally the left are delighted about the change in government and the right dont really care because this government is the same as the last one.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/112844129/governments-paralysis-can-only-help-labours-popularity

    No tax changes, no welfare changes, no immigration changes no changes really of anything and we all get to laugh at Twyford and admire Ardern. The economy is definitely slowing but not enough yet to get too excited about.

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    • Blazer

       /  21st May 2019

      so National may as well not bother …then.

      Yes house prices are contracting gradually.All good.

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  2. lurcher1948

     /  21st May 2019

    Curia research called me last night for a political poll,and all I can say what an indepth poll Maybe Mr Farrar will update the poll on his blog page

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    • Corky

       /  21st May 2019

      So, Mr Lurchenstein..would you consider yourself feral, uninformed, socially challenged, a Labour Party hack, or all of the previous?😃✔

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      • lurcher1948

         /  21st May 2019

        Put your pants on Corky,open the blinds and go for a walk….your brains scrambling

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  3. lurcher1948

     /  21st May 2019

    Has anyone noticed our PM Jacinda Ardern is the only white person running a major political party in New Zealand….just saying

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  4. Corkky

     /  21st May 2019

    Mikey wasted the PM at roughly 7.40am. A more incompetent interview from Jacinda I have not heard. She didn’t know figures, and seemed unable to grasp some of what Mikey was asking. The PM became a little irritated. I don’t blame her. If I was having my mana stripped from me in public, I would be none to happy.

    One things for sure, if you think Jacinda is the cat’s whiskers, best you not listen to said interview.

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    • lurcher1948

       /  21st May 2019

      No one cares about mikey,Corky but if it gets you excited report the some barrow pushing every Tuesday

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      • Corky

         /  21st May 2019

        As a matter of fact you are right. Jacinda is where it’s at. Even though Mikey has pointed out
        that the empress has no clothes, many NZer’s don’t care. Nowadays Lurchy, it’s all about form over function..and Jacinda has better form than Simon.

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        • Gezza

           /  21st May 2019

          They don’t seem to have posted the interview you’re talking about on the NewstalkZB site so who knows. Maybe she did better than you say?

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      • Griff.

         /  21st May 2019

        I do care .
        It is just listening to Mikey’s incoherent rantings over the top of the prime minster’s measured answers comes way lower in “things I want to do” than watching the grass grow in the back paddock.
        We could just rely on the fact that Corky has no abilty to understand what either of them where saying hence it is probably pointless chasing down a copy only to find Corky was wrong …as usual.

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        • Corky

           /  21st May 2019

          I agree, Griff. I’m sure you have better things to do…like look in the mirror and bask in
          the reflective glory of your own bs.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  21st May 2019

            Griff is right; it’s not worth the effort; who’d be that interested in the unlovely Mike H and his conceited posturing ?

            His ‘slurping latte’ ( his mother mustn’t have taught him that making slurping noises is bad manners) and 80s time-warp ‘designer stubble’ that matches his shoes (black and grey ?) are not the height of sophistication that his fans fondly imagine !

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    • Gezza

       /  21st May 2019

      Apple says its following a US Govt directive. Looks like the US is trying to cripple the competition in the mobile market.

      China has sufficient international market share & technical expertise in the mobile device market to go it alone now, should it choose to do so. And the ability, plus developers in other countries probably prepared to cooperate in developing English apps.

      With the US trade sanctions & anti-China rhetoric continually emanating from Trump & his cabal in the White House, the Chinese people according to Al Jazeera are becoming increasingly nationalistic.

      Apple’s currently got a US $350 billion market in China. If they lose that market, Apple will end up feeling the hurt.

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  5. Gezza

     /  21st May 2019

    Correction – that US$350 billion market in China is for Apple & other US companies in the mobile market. Which would include Alphabet/Google. It will be interesting to see whether the world ends up with three main OS systems & apps stores.

    I certainly think on the evidence to date you’ve got as much chance of the US spyng on your devices as the Chinese.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  21st May 2019

      There’s a lot more chance of being censored on a Chinese platform. Good luck to getting open access to the internet. Bought a second hand Chinese Samsung phone motherboard once. Useless, the firmware had been crippled.

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      • Gezza

         /  21st May 2019

        Maybe if you’re a chinese citizen living in the PRC, but doesn’t that happen already, even if you’re using an iPhone or any other Android device?

        If there’s money to be made by Chinese companies in not restricting access to non-Chinese citizens outside the PRC, why would they want to censor stuff outside of China that they currently don’t?

        It’ll be interesting to see how things go because so far the US has presented no evidence whatsoever that Huawei equipment presents a security risk, This whole affair is starting to get the strong smell of simple anti-competition moves by the US administration. It remains to be seen how the decision winds up impacting existing US manufacturers, & other overseas customers who are less inclined to take the US’s word for things these days more than ever.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  21st May 2019

          The motherboard may have been stuffed by the previous owner.

          I see no reason at all for Chinese companies to turn away business for this reason, either,Gezza. It makes no sense.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  22nd May 2019

            No, Kitty. This was a motherboard that had been taken out of a Chinese owner’s phone and resold on the Chinese marketplace AliExpress. The firmware in it had been crippled presumably by Samsung under Chinese Government command to prevent access to many western sources and services.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  22nd May 2019

              Oh, I see. I think.

              I didn’t know that phones HAD motherboards.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  22nd May 2019

              Yes, they do. They are little computers running either Apple or Google operating systems but underneath those they have “hard-wired” firmware on their motherboards.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  22nd May 2019

          why would they want to censor stuff outside of China that they currently don’t?

          To serve Chinese Government propaganda and interests.

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          • Gezza

             /  22nd May 2019

            Why don’t they do it with Huawei phones now, then?

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  22nd May 2019

              Because they don’t have a monopoly and are dependent on Google software still.

      • harryk

         /  21st May 2019

        NZ can and does censor, it just hasn’t been publicised til Ardern appeared. When the Russian propaganda and influence site The Saker began an Oceania blog directed at NZ, coinciding with the threatened Russian ban on NZ meat and fish imports, it was taken down and replaced with this –

        http://www.vineyardsaker.co.nz/

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  6. lurcher1948

     /  21st May 2019

    Jacinda Ardern and Winston keep their promise RE Pike and Sir Key backed out BUT SPENT $24000000 on his vanity teatowel, project SO who has the bigger balls(JACINDA) not the PM who ran away,thats a National party thing running running……and the latest wants us to go into all USA wars and GROVEL,

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  21st May 2019

      Sir John Key (when a man is knighted he is NOT called Sir (surname) did not run away; he stood down as PM after many years in politics. You make it sound as if he packed up and fled without warning, which he didn’t. Resigning is not running away. No PM/MP is one forever, Helen Clark resigned. Did she also run away ?

      The flag change was first mooted by Labour, not National. National were just carrying it on.

      The current PM is a woman; women don’t have balls. How sexist to use this as a compliment to a woman. Would you be flattered if someone said what big tits you had ?

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    • Gerrit

       /  21st May 2019

      Whilst it is true that the longest journey starts with the first step, this entry was but a teeny weeny minutely small first step. Looooooooooooong way away from the rockfall at the end of the drift, and even further to get into the mine proper.

      Pity there is no water down there as Saint Jacinda could have walked on it, used her superwoman powers to shift the rockfall singlehandedly. With one mighty breath our Saint Jacinda would ventilated the mine proper, retrieve all the fallen in her arms to deliver their remains to the bosoms of the families all on her own some. No doubt her x ray vision would examine the possible cause of the four explosions, apportion blame and judge the culprits guilty. Should not take more than a morning, leaving the afternoon free to have her wedding in time to make the 6 o’clock news. Woman’s magazines will love her and regale her feats with air brushed pictures of our saint in her caped crusader (sorry wrong word) outfit.
      She is such a saint it wont cost the tack payer a dime.

      (/sarc)

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