Media watch – Wednesday

26 July 2017

MediaWatch

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    • Gezza

       /  July 26, 2017

      I don’t need any bloody stress management app!

      I just come here & bloody let rip when I bloody have to because, frankly, somebody bloody should! 😡

      😀

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  2. some problems with don brash’s social media strategy
    http://readingthemaps.blogspot.co.nz/2017/07/brashs-ugly-facebook.html

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  3. Zedd

     /  July 26, 2017

    I see on the news, the Govt. are looking to set up an advisory committee to look at ‘synthetic cannabis’ (which contain No THC/CBD) & the recent deaths etc.

    They dont need to waste time with this nonsense, they just need to face facts: IF they legally regulate the ‘natural herb’.. the majority of people who use these POISONS (called synthetics) would probably not bother with it !!!

    btw; number of ‘official deaths’ from smoking ‘natural herb’ ; ZERO, go figure it 😦

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    • MaureenW

       /  July 26, 2017

      Its not often I agree with your sentiments Zedd, but whoever passed the laws making this toxic shit legal should hang their heads in shame.

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      • ‘… but whoever passed the laws making this toxic shit legal should hang their heads in shame.’

        The Psychoactive Substance act 2013 was introduced By P Dunne & passed by this Govt. The worst thing was that, they refused to allow ‘natural herb’ to be included.. after some opposition MPs tried to add it.
        NOW Dunne is saying.. maybe we should add ‘Class C drugs (inc. natural Cannabis)’ to this law… BUT this Govt. are still staunchly saying “NO further reform !!!”

        What are we NOT being told ? nearly every other OECD country has either Decrim. or legalised Cannabis..BUT not NZ & we have amongst the highest use rates (in UN reports) :/

        Oh thats right;; ‘Natz know best’ & I should just accept it eh ?

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        • Kevin

           /  July 26, 2017

          “The worst thing was that, they refused to allow ‘natural herb’ to be included.. after some opposition MPs tried to add it.”

          Wouldn’t have worked anyway Zedd as you wouldn’t have been able to test the stuff on bunnies. Yep, despite there being no deaths ever caused by cannabis that wouldn’t have been good enough for the Psychoactive Substances Act.

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      • Kevin

         /  July 26, 2017

        To be fair when synthetic cannabis was legal it wasn’t the toxic stuff that’s now doing the rounds. And to be even more fair it’s not the synthetic cannabis that’s doing the killing but whatever it’s being laced with. There’s speculation for example that it’s been laced with Fentanyl though personally I suspect it probably some LSD analogue.

        In any case the synthetic cannabis we’re seeing wouldn’t have been allowed under a working Psychoactive Substances Act.

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  4. Gezza

     /  July 26, 2017

    For some reason neither PG or I can fathom, today’s World Watch page won’t open for me in Chrome on the iPad. It starts to load a comment by trav that has an image inserted & then crashes – constantly. All other pages are fine.

    Is anyone else on a device other than a laptop having this same problem?

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  5. Kevin

     /  July 26, 2017

    Greg confuses his left with his right:

    https://thestandard.org.nz/lets-get-rid-of-these-clowns/

    “I detest their right wing view of the world, their belief that they and their ilk are somehow better than the rest of us, their conviction that greed and ignorance are somehow the best drivers for human beings to make complicated decisions about important stuff.”

    Poor Greggie boy. It’s the Left wing who are all “we know best” Greg, you know that.

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  6. Gezza

     /  July 26, 2017

    I’m just gonna pop this query in here as well – becoz no responses in Media Watch, Today’s World Watch page is still crashing on me, & there’s only one comment in there from what I can see – and that’s unusual.

    Gezza / July 26, 2017
    For some reason neither PG or I can fathom, today’s World Watch page won’t open for me in Chrome on the iPad. It starts to load a comment by trav that has an image inserted & then crashes – constantly. All other pages are fine.

    Is anyone else on a device other than a laptop having this same problem?

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    • Gezza

       /  July 26, 2017

      Whoops. Bugger. Sposed to go into Open Forum. Might need a bit of a lie down. 😕

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  7. PDB

     /  July 26, 2017

    An inconvenient truth for the left………

    MSD has released their annual income report based on Stats NZ and other data. The findings are very different to what many would have you believe. A summary:

    *median household incomes rose 3% in real terms last year

    *median household incomes have risen 3% (real) on average every year since 2011

    *New Zealand’s net gains from HES 2009 to HES 2016 are better overall than for many OECD countries (we had better income growth than most)

    *The share of income received by the top 1% has declined slightly from a peak of 9% in the mid 1990s and is lower than most OECD countries

    *There is no evidence of any sustained rise or fall in BHC household income inequality in the last 10-15 years (90:10 ratio) or the last 20 years (Gini for 99% plus top 1% share) or the last 25 years (top 1% share from tax records).

    *in 2015 households in the top decile paid one third (35%) of all income tax collected, and received 5% of all transfers

    *single-earner families with two children can earn up to around $60,000 pa before they pay any net tax

    *Around half of all households with children receive more in welfare benefits and tax credits than they pay in income tax

    *the total income tax paid by each of the bottom four deciles is less than the total transfers received

    *On average over HES 2015 and 2016 29% of households had high OTIs – that is, housing costs of more than 30% of their disposable (after tax) income. There has been little change in this rate since HES 2009.

    *There is no evidence of any rise in recent years in low-income (income poverty) trends using anchored line measures, either BHC or AHC. The trends are either flat or falling, depending on the start point or measure used.

    *For the standard or less severe hardship measure, the impacts of the GFC and the recovery are very clear, with the rate first rising to 13% in HES 2011 then falling to 7-8% over the last two surveys, lower than before the GFC (10%).

    *There is no evidence of any increasing depth of relative income poverty over the last two decades.

    Kiwiblog

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