Media watch – Sunday

23 July 2017


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  1. Gezza

     /  July 23, 2017

    • Bill Gates dies in a car accident. He finds himself in purgatory, being sized up by St. Peter.

      “Well, Bill, I’m really confused on this call; I’m not sure whether to send you to Heaven or Hell. After all, you enormously helped society by putting a computer in almost every home in America, yet you also created that ghastly Windows ’95. I’m going to do something I’ve never done before in your case; I’m going to let you decide where you want to go.”

      Bill replied, “Well, what’s the difference between the two?”

      St. Peter said, “I’m willing to let you visit both places briefly, if it will help your decision.”

      “Fine, but where should I go first?”

      “I’ll leave that up to you.”

      “Okay then,” said Bill, “Let’s try Hell first.”

      So Bill went to Hell. It was a beautiful, clean, sandy beach with clear waters and lots of bikini-clad women running around, playing in the water, laughing and frolicking about. The sun was shining; the temperature perfect. He was very pleased.

      “This is great!” he told St. Peter. “If this is hell, I REALLY want to see heaven!”

      “Fine,” said St. Peter, and off they went.

      Heaven was a place high in the clouds, with angels drifting about, playing harps and singing. It was nice, but not as enticing as Hell. Bill thought for a quick minute, and rendered his decision.

      “Hmmm. I think I’d prefer Hell,” he told St. Peter.

      “Fine,” retorted St. Peter, “as you desire.”

      So Bill Gates went to Hell.

      Two weeks later, St. Peter decided to check on the late billionaire to see how he was doing in Hell. When he got there, he found Bill, shackled to a wall, screaming amongst hot flames in dark caves, being burned and tortured by demons.

      “How’s everything going?” he asked Bill.

      Bill responded, with his voice filled with anguish and disappointment,

      “This is awful! This is nothing like the Hell I visited two weeks ago! I can’t believe this is happening! What happened to that other place, with the beautiful beaches, the scantily-clad women playing in the water?!??? ”

      “That was a demo,” replied St. Peter.

  2. Tava stood for the Green leadership when Russel Norman stood down.

  3. sorethumb

     /  July 23, 2017

    The overnight host on RNZ was commenting on text and emails. One really enjoyed Kim Hill’s high speed interrogation of the US ambassador: “yes we got lots of feed-back on that”
    I heard the screeching Simon Marks before Trump got elected. He is still screeching.

    • Gezza

       /  July 23, 2017

      Post a link if you want anyone to listen.

      • Gezza

         /  July 23, 2017

        Don’t post a link if you want people to have no idea what you’re talking about.

  4. sorethumb

     /  July 23, 2017

    Jim Bolger. Mr “we are an Asian nation” – he certainly was right about that. He helped achieve what the Imperial Army of Japan couldn’t. National and China are synonymous.

    I’m not sure what the rest of New Zealand gets out of it Bolger me old mate?

  5. Zedd

     /  July 23, 2017

    i hear mr T sez he has power/authority ‘to pardon who he likes’ is that getting close to blasphamy yet ?

  6. Missy

     /  July 23, 2017

    A report on a study into German media reporting of the migrant crisis is set to be released on Monday.

    The study, conducted by researchers at the influential Otto Brenner institute, concluded that the media took on the role of public educators rather than objective critics of public policy, and led to mistrust of the media and divisions in society.

  7. Pete Kane

     /  July 23, 2017

    Identical twin sisters from Otago have beaten the one-in-700 million odds.
    “Twins Cora Wright and Elsie Fagg, of Mosgiel, celebrate turning 100 with family and friends.”
    Winnie will love this story.

    • Pete Kane

       /  July 23, 2017

      “Labour’s MP for Te Tai Tokerau says he will resign if the two charter schools in the north are closed down.
      Kelvin Davis said the Labour Party wouldn’t close schools that were performing well. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King
      The Labour Party is opposed to charter schools but would continue to support kura kaupapa and special character schools.
      Te Kura Hourua O Whangārei and Te Kāpehu Whetū are both charter schools in Northland.
      The MP Kelvin Davis said Māori wanted a measure of autonomy over the education of their children.
      “So if they were to close they would no longer exist, that would be a bottom line for me, so the fact is they can exist as special character schools, that’s the bottom line to me.”
      Mr Davis said the Labour Party wouldn’t close schools that were performing well.”

      Go Hone!

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  July 23, 2017

        Labour have form on this. They closed the Auckland private prison in the face of Maori opposition since it was doing so well for their inmates. Ideology/union pressure trumps everything for Labour.

  8. Gezza

     /  July 23, 2017

    8.30 TV1 New Plymouth docudrama re Chris Crean, Black Power murdered in Marfell. Watching now. Also will be restarting in an hour on Plus One Channel, & presumably will also be available on TVNZ On Demand.