Posts by Steve Curtis

  • Hard News: Behind Baltimore,

    Recently , a US Border guard shot and killed a mexican boy who was standing across the Rio Grande on the mexican side..There isnt any legal redress.
    This wasnt a one off but part of a recent pattern

    You can even see US courts action with regard Kim Dotcom, calling him a 'fugitive from justice', when he is in fact complying with all court actions and is on court approved bail.

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  • Speaker: Look in the Mirror, New Zealand, in reply to steve black,

    the first thing that pops into my mind is “schindler’s list”

    When I think of Scindlers list , I think of those palestinians who did become refugees from their homeland, and are now not allowed to return. Apparently migrants have taken their places

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  • Speaker: Look in the Mirror, New Zealand,

    If you are using John Keys mother Ruth as an example of a refugee to NZ, its not correct as she married a British national in the UK in 1948 and came to NZ when she and her husband were 'assisted migrants'

    The really interesting bit is that John Keys father did go off to Spain in the 1930s, to fight against the fascists in the civil war. Something that now would give him a long prison sentence on his return.

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  • Speaker: Look in the Mirror, New Zealand,

    Oh , that refugee joke.

    Im sure they are laughing as they swim for their lives

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  • Speaker: Look in the Mirror, New Zealand,

    Refugee from Dannevirke ? I think some people seem to have a confused view of what a refugee is.
    Unless Johs father, a Danish born Lutheran pastor was facing war, famine or pestilence, or suffered persecution in Waipukurau when the family left in 1913, refugees they were definitely not. Nor when it occurred the other way when Michael Savage left Australia for NZ in 1907.

    By some measures there could 30,000 migrants arriving in NZ this year, probably a lot more than when my ancestors arrived 150 years , _as migrants_
    They certainly werent suffering were they came from.

    Maybe there should be more official refugees- from war and persecution and the tight control kept on the queue jumpers who arrive under their own steam and for various reasons that often dont stack up.

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  • Speaker: Look in the Mirror, New Zealand, in reply to Howard Edwards,

    he applied for asylum in NZ

    Well he did have a death sentence passed back home, so your point is ? If those who claim asylum and then obtain citizenship, suddenly find their home country isnt persecuting them after all, we can revoke their passport and that allows some one else to come instead.

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  • Speaker: Look in the Mirror, New Zealand,

    Just this week we have a person who was acepted as a refugee in NZ, went back to Iraq to join the miliatry in the fight against ISIS.
    Australia found that Man Houris, the Sydney gunman, was acepted as a refugee, but after he recieved nationality made frequent trips back to iran.
    It seems like the circumstances why they cant return to their own country are a sham, and are used because thats whats needed to become a refugee.
    Im sure there are many more that are genuine in their need and dont abuse the system, but could this be the reason why the numbers mentioned above have fallen. There are larger numbers of those that leave their own countries but can return ?

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  • Speaker: Christchurch: how did it come…,

    Just went through the backup story on the proposed Christchurch Frightful...sorry Convention centre.

    The thing that sprung to mind, would they at some stage announce a 'cornerstone tenant' that would take up a chunk of the space. And that tenant would be:
    Christchurch Casino !
    Location Location, as the real estate agents say.

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  • Speaker: Christchurch: how did it come…,

    "Lancaster Park was sum insured for $143m but three loss adjustment firms had each determined the stadium could be restored for less than $50m, Sole said.
    The reinsurers are most unlikely to agree to pay Christchurch City Council almost three times that amount just so the council can demolish the current stadium and build another elsewhere."

    Is this another version of the common house insurance dispute, the council wants it restored 'as new' while the insurer wants to make it 'fit for purpose'.

    Its a stadium for goodness sake, while the siren song of a glam $250 mill stadium closer to town in one of the 'precincts' seems to be seducing the council ( never mind they would need another $100 mill if they got the full payout)

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  • Speaker: What has Neoliberalism Done for…,

    What large civic infrastructure programmes have been carried out – publicly funded and publicly worked, and publicly owned when completed?
    Well there was the Auckland rail double tracking and electrification and the new electric trains that finally are coming into service.
    The Auckland Hospital was totally rebuilt to replace 3 smaller ones
    At the moment there are 100s of millions spent by Watercare on new sewer and freshwater mains- largely out of sight, but still happening.
    There was the $700 mill 700KV main powerline from Auckland to just norh of Taupo, and big upgrade of the Cook St cables and substations.

    As for the lovely 1980s, a smalll business owner told me it used to take 2 weeks to get a delivery by rail from Auckland to Napier, werent allowed to use trucks that would come down overnight and would get it a day later. Not only were the railways protected, but many business had special licenses to shut out competition. Prices for a lot of items were in the exorbitant category.

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