Media watch – Saturday

14 October 2017


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  1. sorethumb

     /  October 14, 2017

    Diversity is a very generic term which means that it has a lot of power but also a lot of limitations. It means that people can use it in hundreds of different ways. The question speaks of the corporate sector. It’s true, the corporate sector is always using the term diversity and…we’re coming back to my personal experience in my city…you can’t get a job anymore at a bank in Vancouver unless you know an Asian language. As a bank teller you’ve got to know Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi, Korean, Vietnamese, one of those languages. So the corporate sector has ‘got’ diversity and of course that is related to other issues about the anxiety that sometimes diversity can raise in a society because now children of white middle class parents are wondering if there a place for them in the future of Vancouver in these kinds of corporate jobs. Anyway, I’m getting beside the point. Diversity is deeply embedded in economic change and corporate policy.

    Award Winning Mommy
    Well you know, It’s interesting you say, you were asked in Germany why it is going o.k (if you can say it like that) That’s why I was interested in the attitudinal surveys, because it goes o.k until we look around the world where there is a history of immigrant groups becoming targets becoming a problem , even right now actually, in economies like Europe and the United States, it’s like people feel something is being taken from them. Or they aren’t getting something and they look for someone to blame and is that a caustionary tale? So you don’t have a whole co-hort feeling they are missing out ,”I’m missing out, someone is taking something from me” .Is that typically what we see when immigration becomes a very fiery debate and people beging treating people badly.

    Distinguished Daddy
    And, I would point your listeners to Jody vances Hill Billy Elergy or Arlie Hochschild’s Strangers in Their Own Land. Because what they have documented is how rust-belt or red state Americans have become more and more concerned about what some people call the line jumpers. Or the que jumpers. The people who come in from overseas the refugees or perhaps for afirmative action for Afro Americans or women. Who are jumping into the queue ahead of them and getting to the American dream faster than they are. And so they are feeling quite left out, and I think any society which is facing quite significant immigration faces that possibility. Part of the community either for cultural or economic reasons might think that people who are coming in are taking something from them. They’re not adding something to the country they are taking something away.

    • sorethumb

       /  October 14, 2017

      And while a lot of this diversity talk is just fluff for corporates the real benefits are about cross border labour/land transactions.

  2. Blazer

     /  October 14, 2017

    what a shame Key could not control runaway property prices in 8 years at the last line in the story is quite..revealing..

    • Living on my humble quarter acre with a decent lawn, big trees and fruit trees, I struggle to see the appeal of a mansion on a postage stamp.

      • Blazer

         /  October 14, 2017

        he does have other…abodes.I note Ken Whitby a direct beneficiary of Keys tax haven policy ,makes another…appearance in a cameo..role.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  October 14, 2017

        Me too, Duncan. But then being a politician or living in Auckland is not for me either.

  3. phantom snowflake

     /  October 14, 2017

    Ten years on from Te Urewera “terror” raids, here’s an interesting reflection from Rangi Kemara who was jailed along with Tame Iti. (Incidentally; various people have claimed he is the hacker “Rawshark”, which he denies.)

  4. NOEL

     /  October 14, 2017

    Reporting that Tama Iti wants a pardon.

    Would someone remind him how lucky he was the pollies drafted a law that could not be enforced,.

    ” The Solicitor-General declines permission to lay terror charges. Dr David Collins, QC, said the police had uncovered some “very disturbing activities” but could not prosecute under the Terrorism Suppression Act. This was because the terror law was “unnecessarily complex, incoherent, and as a result almost impossible to apply to the domestic circumstances observed by the police in this case”.

    • Gezza

       /  October 14, 2017

      You know how sometimes, when some people hear his name, and it’s said Tarmay Eetee, like it’s spelled,
      and how, when they read his name, and it’s spelled TamE Iti, like it’s said

      – they still always call him TamA. Like they must be fukn deaf, or fkn illiterate.

      Why do they do that? Do you know?

  5. PDB

     /  October 14, 2017

    Don’t let the door whack your ass on the way out….

    “Journalist Rachel Smalley has been a fixture of our airwaves and screens for 20 years.
    Since graduating from Wellington Polytechnic, she’s travelled widely to report for television and radio.

    On Friday, she announced she was leaving NZME station Newstalk ZB. She says she’s leaving to pursue opportunities in the corporate world, which could mean her days as a journalist are done.”

    • Corky

       /  October 14, 2017

      ”Smalley’s career nadir must surely have been in 2014 when, after learning the average weight of Kiwi women was over 70kg, she called them “heifers” and “a bunch of lardos”.

      I find that factual. That she apologised means she was way past her useby date.

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  October 14, 2017

    In other news, oysters fart more than cows. Climate scientists overjoyed:

  7. Conspiratoor

     /  October 14, 2017

    If he saved a little girl from a lion, the headline would read ‘trump denies African immigrant a meal’
    The whaler has challenged his audience to find a good news story in the 4th estate about el president. Despite their best efforts so far they’ve failed

    • Gezza

       /  October 14, 2017

      He’s probably blocked them from his Twitter account c? That’s deluged with them.
      The poor blighters maybe just don’t know, perhaps?
      Have a think.
      Get back to me?