Media watch – Wednesday

31 May 2017


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  1. PDB

     /  May 31, 2017–thats-why-i-complained-to-mcdonalds

    This sort of nonsense PC moaning has to stop. The McDonalds toys are not forced upon people, simply ask what each toy available is then choose what one you think your child will like. The ‘boys’ ‘girls’ question is simply the reality that some toys will appeal more to certain genders – it is a guide to making an quick, informed choice, not a demand that if you have a girl she can only have a ‘girl targeted’ toy.

    For instance men could wear pantyhose if they wished but the product is targeted at women because they are by far the biggest buyer of pantyhose.

    • Gezza

       /  May 31, 2017

      Just give them all a marshmallow.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  May 31, 2017

        I’m sure marshmallows would be considered derogatory to someone!
        Forget the toys – I won’t be back to McD’s until they bring in a gender neutral burger.
        And don’t get me started on the phallic patriarchy of their fries.

        • Gezza

           /  May 31, 2017

          Good point. Scrap the marshmallows idea. Someone will give this woman’s kid a pink one & it’ll all be on again.

  2. Gezza

     /  May 31, 2017

    Rolf Harris walks free after sexual assault trial in London

  3. I see that Natz are ‘sticking to their guns’ on the War on Drugs (cannabis).. status quo only, no change under this govt. (even though recent polls; about 70% support reform) !!

    ..even though their coalition partners are saying ‘it is time to change’.
    Why is this so ? what are they not telling us, to ‘justify’ their HARD-edged/zero-tolerance approach ??
    then we hear.. they are planning to build another PRIVATE PRISON, to ‘house them’ ? 😦

    • I believe its called ‘Job protection’ (prohibition INDUSTRY.. Police, customs, courts, prisons etc.) its nothing to do with; Harm reduction (IMHO) as they claim. The Drug War is a failure & its time they ‘fessed up’ on it. They would prefer to “Lock ’em up” rather than other options; education, treatment, etc.

      btw; There is no such thing as a ‘War on Drugs’ its a war on People’s freedom of choice !

  4. PDB

     /  May 31, 2017

    Another day, another Whaleoil post promoting NZL First by saying Shane Jones joining Winston is a ‘vote winner’.

    Alas once again the oilers come out with an opposite viewpoint that garners many upticks……

  5. FYI: (from ZB site)

    ‘Steven Joyce and Annette King both spoke with Mike Hosking this morning.

    Finance Minister Steven Joyce says the war on drugs is one of the
    biggest social problems New Zealand faces.

    Despite that, he says the Government still won’t budge on cannabis.

    Mrs King said the Government needs to keep an open mind.

    “I certainly think there is a case to decriminalise cannabis.
    Criminalisation hasn’t stopped people using those drugs,” she said.’

    **Therefore if you want cannabis reform, then its pretty clear which side, NOT to support.. but also ACT leader D Seymour, reportedly is in full support of a legal, regulated, taxable market too. maybe I might think about voting for them ?? 🙂 😀

  6. It’s quieter these days.