Media watch – Sunday

27 August 2017

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  1. Ray

     /  August 27, 2017

    Interesting rumours swirling around on twitter over the hashtag #motherifallscandals
    Apparently a story of sexual shenanigans is being hawked around the usual suspects
    My pick, Bomber is a National party plant, his tweed jacket with leather patches was his downfall.
    What, “Bomber is Blazer” highly unlikely but an interesting theory.
    We live in interesting times eh.

  2. sorethumb

     /  August 27, 2017

    Axios national politics reporter Jonathan Swan suggested in an appearance on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports this week that West Wing Democrats and globalists whose allies have never been able to handle Breitbart News’ relentless “40 minutes of hell” of pressure for causes important to working-class Americans of all backgrounds were frustrated that Trump was reading articles from Breitbart News. A New York Times cover story acknowledged that there is “no real precursor for Breitbart” of an outlet that has so quickly emerged to “dominate the political conversation in a pivotal election” like Breitbart News did during the 2016 election cycle.
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/26/reports-west-wing-dems-blocking-trump-from-reading-breitbart-news/
    Essentially Brietbart would be saying all that gets banned on left and right (vested interest) blogs etc.

  3. Pete Kane

     /  August 27, 2017

    Guy Standing: Universal Basic Income
    Interesting historical background here (including Thomas Moore, Richard Branson, Martin Luther King and Milton Friedman)
    “Guy Standing is a professor of economics at the University of Bath and the University of London and the author of the recently released: Basic Income: and How We Can Make it Happen. He’s also a co-founder of BIEN – or the Basic Income Earth Network.”
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/201856246/guy-standing-universal-basic-income

    • Conspiratoor

       /  August 27, 2017

      Do we infer from this that he’s succeeded in slipping yet another variation on his name past the electoral office?

    • PDB

       /  August 27, 2017

      If this happens to be the same as the big story Tim Murphy said he would be breaking tomorrow will Nicky Hager write a follow up to dirty politics about a left-wing blogger working hand in hand with the MSM?

    • PDB

       /  August 27, 2017

      To be fair Bradbury would get tired walking from his car to the café he frequents.

  4. PDB

     /  August 27, 2017

    National party launch: “English brings the house down with a line that hard working New Zealanders are not an ATM for the Labour Party.”

    Indeed.

    • Gezza

       /  August 27, 2017

      “Ordinary hard working New Zealanders” were talking to Andy for months & months on end – so remember that! Given that he kept sinking in the polls I concluded it must be the same ones & they were members of the Labour Party & they were travelling in the same bus, car or van with him.

      But the point is – Bill must be talking to unusual hard working New Zealanders, because the three ordinary ones appear to have only spoken to Andy.

    • Blazer

       /  August 27, 2017

      ‘hardworking New Zealanders are not an ATM,for Peter Thiel,Rio Tinto,Warner Bros,Sky City and other corporates National …favour.’

      • High Flying Duck

         /  August 27, 2017

        The above have brought millions of dollars and thousands of jobs into NZ.
        How exactly does that compare to taxing people and businesses to ruin?

        • Blazer

           /  August 27, 2017

          are they charities?As you know NZ’s biggest export is….profits…..I’ll indulge you…start with Thiel and his ‘ millions of dollars and thousands of jobs into NZ.’.Look forward to..it.

          • High Flying Duck

             /  August 28, 2017

            No, they aren’t charities – they are businesses and business people. The types of things that bring employment and economic growth.
            & I meant as a group. But Thiel donated $1,000,000 to the Christchurch rebuild, so still fits in nicely.
            Rio Tinto: The Southland smelter employs more than 700 staff but its loss would impact on more than 3000 jobs in the region.
            Sky City didn’t cost the taxapayer a cent…
            Warner Bros is a depends on who you talk to scenario, but they didn’t get grants, they got Rebates, so they cost nothing, just paid less. And the NZ film industry (not $3b +per annum) + tourism (where 18% or respondents site The Hobbit as the reason for coming) is going gangbusters since the deal so I’ll take that over not having the films shot here any day.

            • Blazer

               /  August 28, 2017

              take $1mil off the $20 +mil Thiel pocketed from the Joyce deal and we know who the winner is.Did $30mil really make a difference to Rio Tinto hanging in at Tiwai?SKC…monopoly ,the convention centre will cost taxpayers millions every year,not to mention the cost of ‘giving away’ the TVNZ land and deploying staff.Rebates to film makers is a race to the bottom.As a one off deal maybe,but its….permanent.The ‘jobs’ argument is well worn.Slash and burn jobs is the M.O of corporates and the worst is yet…to come.Corporations are not altruists,I don’t need to tell you this.

            • Blazer

               /  August 28, 2017

              taxpayers have to pony up for international promotion costs of the convention centre,every year.

  5. PDB

     /  August 27, 2017

    Rodney Hide/NZ Herald:

    “It stretches credibility to suggest the Labour Party is so incapable that in nine years it hasn’t been able to determine the very basics of what it’s promising.

    But then tax has always been Labour’s Achilles heel.

    It’s a smart move to neutralise any concerns by postponing the policy until after the election.
    So don’t feel bad you didn’t know Labour’s tax policy – you’re not meant to.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11910170

  6. PDB

     /  August 27, 2017

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/96123508

    The headline: ‘Jacinda Ardern: I didn’t want to work for Tony Blair’

    To recap;

    *Ardern didn’t want to work for Tony Blair so applied for a job to work for him.
    *Ardern had concerns at the time about Blair being a war criminal way before he was being accused of being one.
    *Despite having moral concerns over working for Blair she did so because she wanted to go overseas, needed the money and wanted to have a good time.
    *Ardern was then disappointed in not meeting the guy she had moral concerns about and initially disappointed in finding herself doing only a very small role in someone’s office she had moral concerns about.
    * Ardern then went to a Tony Blair event in New Zealand in 2011 (not as a protestor).

    Um, I think Ardern is telling some porkies here.

    • Blazer

       /  August 27, 2017

      its o.k for you to accuse a Labour politician of lying….talk about…double standards.

      • PDB

         /  August 27, 2017

        That’s a poor deflection…………..even by your own low standards.