Media watch – Sunday

28 May 2017


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  1. Zedd

     /  May 28, 2017

    just watched Q+A (TV1) it seems nearly all (except Joyce) see the budget as an election ‘sugar hit’ (lolly scramble), even those on the panel, who you would think are Natz supporters (?) even calling it ‘Labour light’.. hanging tightly to the ‘centre ground’ rather than their supposed; traditional right-wing
    Obviously its clear that they dont have any new plans, just a plan to try & get re-elected.. end of story ! 😦

    “3 more years.. no thx”

    • Zedd

       /  May 28, 2017

      It seems that Greens co-leader (J Shaw) got the majority of praise, for reminding us that the whole country, should be the focus (not just the top 50.1, who keep this govt. in power) & that the environment needs to be put at the front of priorities.. not just : money, money, MONEY (Natz strategy).. 🙂

      • PDB

         /  May 28, 2017

        You mean the same Greens co-leader (J Shaw) that voted FOR the budget?

    • I take it the use of “Natz” is designed to make us subconsciously link the National Party with the Natsi Party?

  2. I watched part of a travel show.. Billy Connelly travelling across USA. He visited a veg-farmer who has now turned his hand, to legal organic medicinal cannabis. He pointed out a few interesting facts:

    1) Washington & Colorado (first to legalise) had collected over $200million in taxes in about one year.. maybe something Dunne & Co. should look into here, rather than waste so much on prohibition

    2) there are several ‘strains’ for different illnesses. One size does NOT fit all, as Dunne would have us believe (big pharm; Sativex only)

    3) The majority of med-users were 50-80 years old. Used for relieving all their aches & pains. Many once were opposed to ‘legal weed’ before these reforms, changed their minds/opinions.

  3. Not very well thought through policy?

    BRITISH independent politician Janice Atkinson has demanded the United Kingdom reintroduce the death penalty — for suicide bombers.

    “Much needs to be done to eradicate this evil,” she said in the wake of the bombing that killed 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester earlier this week.

    “But there is one simple step which we can take now: we must bring back the death penalty.”

    • Hard to know whether to laugh at her proposal to hang a vege box full of bits of ex-bomber or cry at the abject refusal of all concerned to take the “one simple step” that could “eradicate this evil” forever – ban Islam.

      • Gezza

         /  May 28, 2017

        How can you ban Islam when Trump’s arming it?