Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Sunday, April 16, 2017

In the South Pacific, software no longer needs a hard sell. New Zealand has long wanted to be a tech hub, but distance was an issue. Now, at a moment of political upheaval around the globe, that isolation has become a selling point. A municipal program to fly in 100 developers next month -- wine them, dine them and offer them jobs -- was expected to draw 2,500 applications. But the recruitment effort, called LookSee Wellington, was besieged with more than 48,000 entries, including workers at Google, Amazon, Facebook, M.I.T. and NASA. ... "In the U.S., I feel extremely disconnected," said Alanna Irving, 33, who came here from San Francisco to start two companies. "Things happen all the time that I don't agree with or understand or think are really good for most people, and I just don't see any way that I can change that."

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Interesting story, and unfortunately it's a statement about our present state of affairs in the US. New Zealand has always been a well kept secret.

#1 | Posted by shane at 2017-04-16 11:22 AM | Reply

It seems to be a rising trend for tech workers to relocate toward more nature-surrounded spaces...
Salt Lake city, Phoenix, and now NZ come to mind..

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-04-16 11:25 AM | Reply

#2 | POSTED BY GONOLES92

I am thinking of NashVegas (Gallatin) , in between my Florida and WI homes.... good fishing, ok sailing ..

The BayArea is a mess traffic and housing wise, weekend traffic (unpredictable) is worse than weekday traffic (predictable).

New Zealand has been known for quite sometime by my hiking and backpacking crowd, plus skiiing. But why would NewZealanders what to ruin what they have? Seriously it will just become a mess in no time, then there is little backing out.

#3 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-04-16 11:39 AM | Reply

Godspeed.

#4 | Posted by fresno500 at 2017-04-16 11:45 AM | Reply

#3 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

I Agree. They better be careful.

California was probably one of the most beautiful places in the world to live in until after WW2.

During WW2 they would send all the east coast GIs/Sailors/Marines to California for training and all the west coast guys to the east coast for training so as to discourage them from going AWOL.

Once these guys got a good look at the unique beauty and ease of life in California ,the old adage of "How Ya Gonna Keep "Em Down on the Farm" kicked in big time, millions migrated back after the war and that coupled with the hyper international immigration over the last 50 years.

Look at it today. If you got the money you can find the high dollar exclusive enclaves, but for the middle-class, the livability score is way down. People are trying to escape California now.

#5 | Posted by shane at 2017-04-16 12:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

60 Minutes had an interesting piece last Sunday which explored how computer programming is being linked to human psychology, especially with cell phones. They demonstrate that anxiety spikes when the phone bleeps and that the only cure is to check your phone, which people do all day long, about every fifteen minutes. The same phenomena occurs on your internet connected computer. Efforts to provide peace and tranquility to users are opposed by tech companies such as Apple and Google because it will reduce their revenue. I doubt New Zealand will be able to fix this problem.

#6 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-04-16 07:57 PM | Reply

How long before the NZ version of Trump comes along railing about American immigrants?

#7 | Posted by squinch at 2017-04-16 10:22 PM | Reply

I am sure the US coding transplants will be welcomed with open arms after 5 years just like all the Californians that relocated to Oregon. They are absolutely loved there.

#8 | Posted by InTrumpWeTrust at 2017-04-17 05:27 AM | Reply

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