Media watch – Friday

14 April 2017


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  1. Missy

     /  April 14, 2017

    And the award for the most over hyped – and most underwhelming – big event gathering the world’s media goes to….

    North Korea!

    After days of talking up a ‘big event’ for Thursday, and inviting the world’s media it seems that it was not military related at all. It was in fact the opening of a new street.

    Well, to be more exact, the opening of a new housing and business development.

    So, is Kim diverting the world’s attention? or is he just Trolling the west (as suggested by one person on twitter)?

    • Playing Trump at his own game.

      It’s a high risk game, with two leaders with far more ego than care and common sense.

      • Trumpenreich

         /  April 14, 2017

        [Deleted a stupid and false accusation. PG] Obama got a Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing virtually a few minutes into his first term ( even he felt ackward about accepting the prize ) – and then left with the new annual record for dropping the most bombs on Mohammedans.

        Tell us all about “care and common sense” again.

        [If you don’t start using either I’m going to get tired of checking and editing all your comments. PG]

  2. Missy

     /  April 14, 2017

    And the best line by a have a go hero goes to….

    ‘I’m African you will never take my life’

    hahaha….. Love it.

  3. Gezza

     /  April 14, 2017

    Aljaz tv
    Felicity Barr

    advises that The United States has dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat, in eastern Afghanistan on a series of caves used by ISIS.

    The bomb was dropped on Thursday from a MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, close to the border with Pakistan, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said.

    It is the largest non-nuclear bomb the US has ever used in combat.

    Also known as the “mother of all bombs,” the GBU-43 is a 21,600 9,797 kg GPS-guided munition and was first tested in March 2003, just days before the start of the Iraq war.

    The US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a press release that the strike was designed to minimise the risk to Afghan and US forces conducting clearing operations in the area.

    General John Nicholson, the head of US and international forces in Afghanistan, said the bomb was used against caves and bunkers used by ISIL in Afghanistan, also known as ISIS-K.

    “As ISIS-K losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense.”

  4. If accurate that is horrendous. I wonder if Ivanka Trump will be horrified by that and ask her father to do something about it.

  5. The movie Hidden Figures showed similar types of blackboard calculating – and featured the introduction of the first computer (IBM) to NASA. Cool movie.