Media watch – Friday

13 October 2017

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  1. duperez

     /  October 13, 2017

    The Freudian nature of a Mike Hosking piece in the Herald is lovely.

    “Professional, adult, second-rate circus, God help us all, we deserve a hell of a lot better.”

    Mmmmm…

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  October 13, 2017

      Lefties don’t cope well with any contrary opinion.

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    • sorethumb

       /  October 13, 2017

      The galloping bunny rabbit. If you analyse what Hosking says it doesn’t look so good. He is a Brian Tamaki.

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  2. sorethumb

     /  October 13, 2017

    Guyon Espinier says he “enjoys winding those sorts up” with his long speels of Te Reo. RNZ says Te Reo is an official language and the decision to use it is an editorial one.

    We’re built to absorb our proximate culture at a young age and, in doing so, our identity and values galvanise. We then become less malleable, and we seek out others who share our values and cultural identity. This doesn’t mean we’re closed to new ideas, but there’s a tremendous inertia in shifting our more fundamental values once they’re established.

    Likewise with language, we’re born receptive to our local tongue, it rapidly becomes second nature, and while it’s possible to learn a new language late in life, it’s a process that takes not inconsiderable effort, and we’re often left speaking the new tongue with an accent.

    Just shows RNZ is elitist and out of touch.
    RNZ Brought to you buy

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  October 13, 2017

    Good article, written from life not by a journalist:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11932458

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    • Gezza

       /  October 13, 2017

      I’ll have a shufti.
      I’ll get back to you.

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    • Gezza

       /  October 13, 2017

      I write this one for all of the morons out there.

      The fools, the buffoons, the vapid oxygen thieves who are the enemies of reason, whose foolishness is only matched by their self-righteousness, whose understanding of key issues is inversely proportional to the loudness with which they speak. Gather around my enemies, I wish to have a word.

      I need to talk about political tribalism, this phenomenon that so often mocks the principles that uphold our democracy while chipping away at its foundations.

      😳 Certainly gets off to a good start! Sir Alan.
      🤔 I’ll read on …
      Sir Gerald. 💂🏻

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  October 13, 2017

        Just what are you reading, Sir Gerald? Methinks you dosed off with your thumb on the FiP somewhere odd.

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        • Gezza

           /  October 13, 2017

          Shit! Sir Alan
          Must’ve brought up the wrong article from my Reading List:
          Sorry Old Boy.
          Must do better!
          I’ll read your one now!
          What’s it about? You didn’t say …
          All the best
          As always
          Sir Gerald.

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        • Gezza

           /  October 13, 2017

          It’s not normal to feel your pelvis break. It’s less normal to feel brick after brick land on your left hip, and wonder how long you’ll last. It’s most unusual to be dug out from under a collapsed building by strangers, and taken to hospital in the back of another stranger’s truck. It’s decidedly abnormal to plead with those strangers who are risking their lives to save yours to get the others first, only to find out that there are no others. It’s extraordinary to discover you’re the only one left.

          Such an experience tends to be life-changing. It changed me from an economically-oriented political scientist focused on land and the environment into a reluctant activist for science-informed law reform of unreinforced masonry buildings in New Zealand. Before the earthquakes, as a Fulbright scholar with a newly-minted Berkeley PhD, I had accidentally instigated a science-informed national land law reform in New Zealand (Brower 2008). So I had a few tricks up my sleeve, ready for action on building safety. I was also not alone. Engineers, geologists, and others renewed and amplified calls to acknowledge the island nation’s home on the Ring of Fire. In this article I share our story – from earthquake to Building Act – and conclude with some lessons from Christchurch on making a difference.

          I see. Another one that gets off to a good start, Sir Alan.
          I’ll read on …
          Sir Gerald.

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          • Fight4NZ

             /  October 13, 2017

            Yes that’s the article I just read too. Further down it illustrates how ludicrous it is to try to use market forces to do the ggovernment’s job. Then goes on to explain how without the positive support and advice of Labour MPs she would never have got past National govt stonewalling.
            Do you think maybe someone else is using his computer? Spreading such heresy?

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  October 14, 2017

              It is the Government’s job to protect life, liberty and property. However risk assessment and cost benefit assessments are both necessary and uncertain. It is always easier to be much wiser after the unexpected event.

    • Gezza

       /  October 13, 2017

      Stunning article, Sir Alan.
      Thank you.
      Sir Gerald.

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  4. duperez

     /  October 13, 2017

    4.58pm
    “Sean Plunket resigns from Broadcasting Standards Authority over Harvey Weinstein tweet.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11932866

    Good. Sean Plonker.

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  5. ‘a victory’ ?

    extracts from a press release;

    ‘A Taranaki woman with multiple sclerosis has won a year-long battle to
    become one of the first people in New Zealand to be allowed to ease her
    pain with different varieties of medicinal cannabis.’ (from Canada)

    ‘While the 56-year-old mother of one’s mind remains sharp, more than 30
    years of struggling with the disabling disease of the brain and spinal
    cord has left her paralysed from the neck down, with impaired speech and
    vision.’

    ‘While the couple, who have been supported by Shane Le Brun of the
    Medicinal Cannabis Association, had won the battle they had not yet won
    the war, (her husband) said.;

    ‘He said the Australian government was growing its own cannabis and
    planned to process it and make it available to the public within 12 months.’

    “In New Zealand we’ve got the best growing conditions in the world, this
    is what I’ve been told. Why the hell aren’t they growing it under
    licence and processing it here for people like Helen? The government
    would make money out of it, it would be self funding.”

    “SHAME on the current ‘power brokers’ who are just playing POWER GAMES, on this issue, while many kiwis suffer unnecassarily !” sez I&I 😦

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