Media watch – Sunday

5 March 2017

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  1. Nelly Smickers

     /  March 5, 2017

    What better reason for parents NOT to take their children to see Disney’s new movie *Beauty and the Beast*…it just had to bring in *gay sex* to ruin our kids innocence 😡

    As Wayne sez, “It’s no wonder Conservatives have found a new *love for Russia* – they hate the same people ❗ ”

    • Missy

       /  March 5, 2017

      Nelly, I don’t think there is any Gay sex in it, and from what I have read it is not overt.

      A better reason not to take your kids to it (from what I have read) is that it is pants. Apparently the animated version is a lot better.

      From some of the reviews I have seen here:

      1. Emma Watson is insipid, can’t act, and shows no passion for anything or anyone.
      2. Gaston isn’t funny (he is apparently much funnier and more camp in the animated version)
      3. No chemistry between the lead characters.
      4. A PC message
      5. It is boring and not very good.

      My advice would be for people to just buy / rent the animated version and watch that, and don’t waste money on the live action version – unless you are a huge Emma Watson fan.

  2. duperez

     /  March 5, 2017

    If someone drives down the road at 217 kph he is a “professional”. What is a professional?

    If someone who is a rugby player or a teacher or a beneficiary drives down the road at 217 kph what is he? (Besides being a thief as a teacher couldn’t afford a car which could go that fast🙂)
    I realise this is not a court description but the message is clear, always describe yourself as a “professional.”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11812256

    • NOEL

       /  March 5, 2017

      Professional includes teacher and beneficiary perhaps because not employed..
      Usually used to describe white collar worker in non manual occupation.
      Not sure where a rugby player fits.

      • duperez

         /  March 5, 2017

        Given the hysteria generated in the media when a rugby player does something wrong or stupid, any player who is a professional player should simply describe himself as a “professional.”
        Some might infer the 217kph car was being driven by such as a lawyer or real estate agent who might not like that highlighted. (Accepting it was a police not court description.)

        • patupaiarehe

           /  March 5, 2017

          He could be a ‘professional driver’, which may help him defend the charge. On second thoughts, it probably won’t 😀

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 5, 2017

      If he was caught doing 217 km/h, how fast was the catcher going? Good to see the car was prosecuted as well. Probably the first of many for self-driving cars.

      • Gezza

         /  March 5, 2017

        It says he was … “a ‘professional’ man” …. That could be any bloke, frankly. I’m a professional man. I’m fully qualified as a man, & I’ve been carring out all the required duties of professional manliness ever since shortly after puberty. 💪

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  March 5, 2017

          Skite.

          • Gezza

             /  March 5, 2017

            Bugger, gezza posted in the wrong place. FiP 😡 See below for appropriate response.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  March 5, 2017

              Interestingly enough G, I used to think that being a ‘professional’ only meant that you got paid for your efforts. Wikipedia says otherwise…
              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional
              I guess I’ll just have to settle for ‘tradesman’….

        • Blazer

           /  March 5, 2017

          i think you might be a ‘sensitive new age man’.

          • Gezza

             /  March 5, 2017

            That’s what my last three victims thought too.

            • Blazer

               /  March 5, 2017

              not shades of….Myra Breckenridge…….!?

            • Gezza

               /  March 5, 2017

              Hardly. But they won’t be telling any tales. 🕶

            • Blazer

               /  March 5, 2017

              so they were …….men?

            • Gezza

               /  March 5, 2017

              They thought they were. They were silly little boys by the time I’d finished with them.

            • Blazer

               /  March 5, 2017

              aha….Myron….say no…more!

            • Gezza

               /  March 5, 2017

              I won’t if you don’t, laddie. 🕶

  3. Gezza

     /  March 5, 2017

    Semi-professional 🌷 😡

    • Gezza

       /  March 5, 2017

      @ Sir Alan (for avoidance of doubt).

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  March 5, 2017

        I was referencing your last sentence (for avoidance of doubt).

        • Gezza

           /  March 5, 2017

          I hope you weren’t thinking smutty things, because that wasn’t what I meant, Sir Alan.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  March 5, 2017

            Then you should be more careful with your CV, G.

            • Gezza

               /  March 5, 2017

              Also with my CCTV, PA, FiP, PC & DVDs, Al. No, I mean, you’re not actually a professional man until they’ve well & truly dropped, are you? Up until then the best you’re doing is trying to be one.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 5, 2017

              “All professions are conspiracies against the laity” – GBS.

              I don’t think hopping or dropping makes any difference. You just need to be old and unscrupulous or naive enough to join and be accepted into the conspiracy.

  4. Dunedin from a different angle:

    • Corky

       /  March 5, 2017

      Great stuff. Similar to our electric bike market taking off. Not to be left out, Land Transport is now investigating to see if things need regulating. Marvellous.

  5. PDB

     /  March 5, 2017

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/90073114/were-not-racist-claims-new-european-student-association

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/90007049/controversial-european-students-group-folds-after-constant-threats-to-safety

    Haven’t particularly been following this story but I see another European student group has been set up. Some questions regarding this new group and the last one;

    *”The group displays Celtic symbols, commonly used by white supremacist groups, on its Facebook page” – does this mean Celtic symbols are racist symbols and shouldn’t be shown anywhere?
    *”The slogan “our pride is our honour and loyalty” was very similar to the slogan “my honour is called loyalty”, the motto of the Nazi SS, Matthews said.” – can only Nazi’s use the words ‘honour’ and ‘loyalty’ in the same sentence?
    *”Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy said she would be keeping an eye on” the club. “I am a Kiwi with European heritage, I’m very proud of my Irish roots – but this doesn’t mean limiting the rights of anyone else.” – why is celebrating European heritage possibly seen as ‘limiting the rights of anyone else’?
    *”In an overnight post on its Facebook page, the group announced that it was calling it quits due to threats of violence.” – Is this ironic?
    *”I’m actually counting on the fact I’ll get publicity, we’re expecting backlash – any publicity is good publicity,” the ex-pat South African business and law student said.” – does mentioning the fact the spokeman for the group is an ‘ex-pat South African’ a form of racial discrimination by the reporter?
    *”Batkin would “hate” for all the work AUT has done to make all students feel safe jeopardised by Aucamp’s group”. – with no evidence at all the group is racist why does Batkin feel other students will feel ‘unsafe’? Why did she run to the university to alert them of the group with no proof the group was racist? Did she do the same for other similar groups on campus?

      • PDB

         /  March 5, 2017

        Not sure, do they use Celtic symbols?

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  March 5, 2017

          Doesn’t seem to be a criteria.

          • Gezza

             /  March 5, 2017

            Sort of – they’ve never really sorted out an eqitable arrangement for post apartheid land redistribution, – and Zuma’s well & truly playing the race card – but mainly it’s a major distraction. Jacob’s always in the shit over corruption & political cronyism etc. Probably just trying to shift the heat & harsh glare of ongoing negative attention somewhere else to try & take the heat off himself over whatever outrageous scandal involving him and/ or his cronies has come to light most recently.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 5, 2017

              That is an optimistic view. Seems more likely he is trying to whip up political support for the ANC which has been losing badly to the DA. That makes it more likely he will carry out his threats and SA will follow Zimbabwe down the racist socialist plughole.

            • Gezza

               /  March 5, 2017

              Possibly. Will keep a watch on events on Aljaz. Not sure how good their courts are.

  6. patupaiarehe

     /  March 5, 2017

    • PDB

       /  March 5, 2017

      I wonder how well she would do in a wide-ranging debate with no notes to refer to………

      • patupaiarehe

         /  March 5, 2017

        I’d like to see that too Pants

        • PDB

           /  March 5, 2017

          At the election they should have something similar to the US Vice Presidential debate – would be of more interest compared to Little vrs English.

          • Blazer

             /  March 5, 2017

            Ardern would murder …bubbles….

            • PDB

               /  March 5, 2017

              I think you are dreaming Blazer – better snap out of it as Bennett dominated the house when up against Ardern.

            • Blazer

               /  March 5, 2017

              @PDB…’zip it sweetie’…..

            • Gezza

               /  March 5, 2017

              Ardern couldn’t murder a blueberry muffin if she was starving.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 5, 2017

              Think you are wrong there, G. She’s certainly got the teeth for it.

            • Blazer

               /  March 5, 2017

              @Gezza,well if ‘bubbles’ was around there would be no …blueberry muffins left…for anyone else.A bit like her political philosophy ,had all the benefits but determined that this generation will have …austerity,a blighted future and … let them eat …..a sound bite

            • Blazer

               /  March 5, 2017

              @Al…’it looks like Jacinda has been in a famine…..and it looks like Bubbles caused..it’…apologies to Ghandi.

            • Gezza

               /  March 5, 2017

              Well, yes, but she made use of it to get smart, get work, get off it asap & get a future. She wouldn’t exactly have been creaming it on the benefit either, even back then. So she can always launch into Teethy from that sniper’s possie.

              Also, Bennie has packed on too many kilos, no doubt about that, but Teethy is all bones, not the ideal woman by any means for many, no matter what the woofters in the entertainment pages & womens mags say. Could do with a decent feed – looks like a salad eater to me.

              Further, Bennie has learnt to fight back against a mean msm, & has no probs recognising when & how to pull a few cats out of the bag when she’s struck a major problem, or apologising when she’s let some incautious remark get her into the poo.

              Jacinda would probably cry.

              Don’t get me wrong – I think Paula could be a disaster for the Nats because she’s too honest & forthright & doesn’t come across as a deep thinker – but she’s clever, & she clearly outperforms miss teethy in the Chamber.

      • Blazer

         /  March 5, 2017

        she would do o.k…I’ve seen her think on her feet….can’t remember the exact context apart from it was similar to what some are alluding to….I recall her response….’I haven’t been to the South Pole either…but I know its …cold there…’put them to…bed.

        • PDB

           /  March 5, 2017

          “Ardern should ask to be blooded with some tough portfolios so she can be taken seriously as a leader in waiting, rather than a political celebrity.
          It’s notable that in her Herald Focus interview yesterday, she engaged her interviewer with ease. But to be brutally frank, portfolios like Children and Small Business carry little political risk, though they do provide plenty of photo opportunities.
          It is easy to engage when you do not have to confront major political issues.”

          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11811602

  7. Missy

     /  March 5, 2017

    This popped up in my twitter feed yesterday:

    The image is from the BBC Politics Facebook page. This guy raises a valid point, the BBC would never ask, in a Facebook post, if an outward sign of any other religion is appropriate, so why do they think it is okay to ask it for christianity.

    In NZ doing this for Ash Wednesday is rare I think (at least I haven’t noticed it), but for some in the UK they leave the ashes on all day. A former student confirmed that this MP has always left her ashes on all day, meaning (despite some claims) this is normal for her, and not some publicity stunt.

    So, it should be asked why is the BBC – or anyone – questioning if it is appropriate. They wouldn’t ask if it is appropriate that a Muslim woman goes into a bank in a Niqab or Burqa (despite hoodies, balaclavas & motorcycle helmets not being allowed), they wouldn’t ask if it is appropriate that a Sikh man wears his turban at work, they wouldn’t ask if it is appropriate that a Hindu woman wears a Bindi, So why are they asking if it is appropriate that a Catholic woman has a cross in ash on her forehead on Ash Wednesday?

    • PDB

       /  March 5, 2017

      Thinking like a far-lefty for a moment…

      Cross on forehead – Nazi used crosses – she must be a Nazi – scare her away with threats of physical violence.

      • Missy

         /  March 5, 2017

        Not sure if there have been threats of violence, but some comments on social media have alluded to the Nazi connection. So full marks there PDB.

        Though the irony is she is a SNP MP which makes her a far lefty based on SNP policies.

    • patupaiarehe

       /  March 5, 2017

      LOL, that is funny Missy, because of what I saw at work last week. Our resident Indian, showed up with a red dot on his forehead. The other guys noticed it, but after one of them upset him a lot, not so long ago, they were all warned to “Leave him the fuck alone, or you will get a written warning!”…
      So anyhow, once everyone was settled into their daily work, I approached my Indian friend, and asked him about the red dot in the middle of his forehead.
      “Hey there buddy, I thought that only women got those.”, I said, with a smile, pointing at his forehead.
      I could be here all night, explaining what he related to me, about what that red dot means, and how his wife has one too, but I’ve got better things to do. It’s a cultural thing.
      I ‘heard him out’ though, and once he’d finished explaining, I asked him, “So you had sex with your wife last night?”.
      He smiled, a little ‘sheepishly’, and said “Yes Patu”.
      I flashed him a big grin, & said “High five, e hoa!”

      • Blazer

         /  March 5, 2017

        someone told me a red dot means push start and a …turban…means …pull start….;)

      • Gezza

         /  March 5, 2017

        When I asked one of my local Indian dairy owners why he had a red dot on his forehead one day he said it was because he was married & left it at that. He often has Indian chanting to music quietly playing in the background & when I said I liked it, he said it was prayer. A very religious, kind, gentle chap, but no wuss.
        https://www.reference.com/world-view/indians-dots-foreheads-49c5336496ef5127

        • patupaiarehe

           /  March 5, 2017

          It’s a cultural, & very spiritual thing to them G. My Indian friend has real trouble with understanding how free the young white guys at work are, with their, ‘ahem’ affections… The dirty little buggers log in to ‘Tinder’, the minute their break starts, and are lining up a ‘hook up’, five minutes after they knock off…

          • Gezza

             /  March 5, 2017

            Fornicators, patu. They’ll all come to a sticky end if they’re not careful. 😡

            • Gezza

               /  March 5, 2017

              PS, patu. I played around with the lead for the guitar mic on my favourite experimental (cos free) customised 3/4 sized classical last weekend. I’d done a bit more work on it & suddenly it wasn’t working thru an amo any more. I was going to chuck it out, even though I’ve set it up now so that it has a wirkable low action & it feels, sounds, & plays like a steel-string, but sweeter.

              Anyway … yay! It’s working. So I’m dusting off the never-used busking amp & going electric plus Shure mic, with a touch of echo on, for my gig on the 28th.

              Better let you go. You must have fabricated steel to be throwing out the door tomorrow, making money for The Man?

            • patupaiarehe

               /  March 5, 2017

              Most likely they will G. Which is why I have a lot of respect for my muslim friend. He has done VERY well, as far as arranged marriages go. He WORSHIPS his wife, and so he should. She is ‘smoking hot’, and loves him to bits. As does he, but he’ll never talk about what goes on ‘behind doors’, between them. It would be disrespectful to her, to speak of it.
              He’ll never admit it, to any of the other guys in the factory, but they are trying for a child. Lucky bugger! 😀

            • patupaiarehe

               /  March 5, 2017

              I love playing Jr’s 3/4 G, makes a ‘stretch’ a lot easier. Due to my injury, I’ve been learning bass guitar, & it’s working out well… 🙂

            • Gezza

               /  March 6, 2017

              FiP! posted a reply but it disappeared. The iPad plays up once a thread gets long or has video clips etc. Just said I noticed in a Crossroads concert one day that Robert Cray’s strat had a shorter neck than Eric’s & the other blues legends up there with them – but it had the same no. of frets & played all the same notes. Dunno how that works but the musical scaling is a mathematical thing. If I wanted another electric guitar, I’d order a 3/4 scale jobby.

              Good on ya for learning bass. Guitarists are 10-a-penny, but drummers & bassists are worth their weight in gold.

              Ka kite e hoa.

              Good on you

  8. Gezza

     /  March 5, 2017

    FiP! I selected amp as correction for amo, and workable for wirkable. Never rely on technology – manual corrections after a proof-read obviously the best 😡

  9. patupaiarehe

     /  March 6, 2017

    Quite right G, about time I had a shit, shave, shower & shampoo…
    I reckon ‘the wrinklies’ might enjoy this one…

    Ka kite, e hoa