Media watch – Saturday

28 May 2017


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  1. Gezza

     /  May 27, 2017

    • Kevin

       /  May 27, 2017

      The story isn’t that Kim Dotcom tried to hack Seth Rich – it’s that he *tried* to hack Seth Rich by trying to get him to click on a dodgy link from a “welcome” email from mega.

    • David

       /  May 27, 2017

      Why the sudden need for ‘unity’? Last I heard it was all about diversity.

  2. PDB

     /  May 27, 2017

    David Bain hopes a name change will make the killing of his own family a distant memory.

  3. Zedd

     /  May 27, 2017

    whats this.. Mr Ts son-in-law is being investigated by FBI ?? 😀

  4. Zedd

     /  May 27, 2017

    I saw the interview with Mr Joyce on ‘The Nation’.. the telling question from Ms Owen.. “what are you going to do with your extra $1000 ?” he just brushed it aside (as a non-issue). Just shows how ‘out of touch’ he & the other ‘wealthy righties’ are !

    I’m certain that the bottom 20% (who dont get this much) would REALLY appreciate it.. :/

    • PDB

       /  May 27, 2017

      What about your mate’s the Greens voting for it in parliament? They obviously can do the math (and know how percentages work) which is beyond your capability…….

  5. Zedd

     /  May 27, 2017

    news item on AlJz ; Mr T supports/promotes ‘charter schools’ over public education.. should be a ‘red flag’ to NZ & others.
    It said that they get much higher funding (per capita) than the ‘public education’ system & in one area, (large ‘ethnic/afro-am.’ population) it has much higher numbers of ‘white’ students, per capita. 😦

    Must be part of Mr Ts plan to ‘make US great again’ ? (or perhaps white supremacy, by stealth ???)

  6. Gezza

     /  May 27, 2017

    * Outa my way
    * Sod off pansy
    *Where’s the buffet?

    • Zedd

       /  May 27, 2017

      OR where is the CNN & Fox media crews ? (who shoot his hairdo from the ‘right’ angles) 😀 😀 😀

  7. Kevin

     /  May 27, 2017

    I never thought it would have been possible but it’s happened. A thread on The Standard so dumb even the commentators there think it’s dumb.

  8. PDB

     /  May 27, 2017

    For some time now, Dunne’s been talking up the merits of Portugal’s drug laws, where every drug is decriminalised – albeit with a caveat: If you’re caught with less than 10 days of any drug – cannabis, heroin, methamphetamine, or anything in between – you won’t be prosecuted. Instead, you’ll be fined or sent to treatment.
    Rather than creating a free-for-all, Portugal saw its people’s drug use slump: in the 1990s, one in every 100 people in Portugal was addicted to heroin; since then, overall drug use has dropped 75 per cent.
    Dunne wants to see that replicated in New Zealand.
    “I think the full Portuguese solution, personally, might be the way for us to go long term. That might be where we head,” he says.

    • Kevin

       /  May 27, 2017

      One thing about Portugal is that addicts are looked down upon. And one of the reasons I think is because people there know how easy it is *not* to get addicted. For example getting addicted to heroin involves a month of regular use, i.e. habitual use. That’s certainly a lot more difficult than having the odd hit here and there. You just treat drugs as a poison that you’re putting in your body and as something that can kill you if you don’t know what you’re doing. It’s like owning a gun. You would never treat a gun like a toy.

      Dunne wants to shift cannabis to the Psychoactive Substances Act. Problem is as it stands the Psychoactive Substances Act is unworkable as it doesn’t allow animal testing. Which means if Class C drugs were moved to the Psychoactive Substances Act, Cannabis would still be illegal. Don’t get be wrong though. The Act has a lot of potential and if we’re going to legalise drugs the Psychoactive Substances Act is perfect. Just remove the goddamn ban on animal testing.

      As for decriminalisation we’re virtually there already as the penalties for drug possession are very light especially compared to dealing. All we need to do is make it so that if you get caught you get a fine and only if you get caught too many times in too short a space of time you get dragged before a judge.

      Decriminalisation would save the country a lot of money. I’m talking hundreds of millions. Downside is that it doesn’t make the drug any safer. And with THC levels rising that’s a concern.

  9. PDB

     /  May 27, 2017

    Common sense from Mike Rowe on Tucker Carlson Tonight about low-paying jobs/trades which is also applicable to NZ;

    • Kevin

       /  May 28, 2017

      Dunne must be reading my comments on this blog, PG ;). I agree with him (I may need a wee lie down). Cannabis should be legalised and bought under the Psychoactive Substances Act. But I would add that we allow animal testing and bring all illicit drugs under the Psychoactive Substances Act.

      Decriminalisation is stil an option. Problems with decriminalisation though is that it doesn’t make cannabis any safer and supply would still remain with gangs and such,