Media watch – Thursday

19 October 2017

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  1. Corky

     /  October 19, 2017

    Folks, you had better believe this. We are surrounded on all sides. If these chaps become the world sheriff things will be grim indeed, I’m sure all the recent immigrant Chinese will have no problem ditching New Zealand citizenship should the motherland call them to arms.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-41647872

    • Beware the Scots, if they’re ever granted independence back in GB the claymores will come out of hiding here.

      • Corky

         /  October 19, 2017

        Aye laddie, my 20% Scottish blood has been hearin the call of the homeland. All that be left is to choose which of three ancestral castles I will choose to meet those kiltless invaders with ghastly white hairless legs.

        See, Pete. That’s the difference. I have blood ties to Europe as do most European and Polynesian New Zealanders.. Chinese don’t. You see what they do to their own people…what do you think they would do to us.

        • “…what do you think they would do to us.”

          Some have been a part of us for generations. Others are recently becoming a part of us.

          It must be getting crowded under your bed, with all the Reds, Muslims and Chinese there. And Maori.

          What if there’s a plot for them all to unite against you? You could get really anxious over the sky falling.

    • NOEL

       /  October 19, 2017

      Wonder what the spy trainer now MP would do?

      • Corky

         /  October 19, 2017

        Good question: Ask for a Queens Service Medal? We would be dopey enough to give him one.

  2. Corky

     /  October 19, 2017

    ”Some have been a part of us for generations. Others are recently becoming a part of us.”

    Rock solid citizens. You may have seen the programme of a New Zealand Chinese lady who went back to China to find her roots. She said in a poignant moment ” this is where my family came from, but it is not my home. New Zealand is my home.”

    However, I stated:

    ” I’m sure all the recent immigrant Chinese will have no problem ditching New Zealand citizenship should the motherland call them to arms.”

    Remember ‘The New Zealand Chinese Party?’ They swore allegiance to the motherland. The Chinese businesses in New Zealand that are now implementing a complete chain of production from product to sales in China with little Kiwi input. In other words nearly autonomous from our control. The Chinese are moving into the Pacific and the world, slowly buying up resources. And what when we wake up to this fact? Do you think the Chinese will allow us to Nationalise or restrict their foreign assets? HELL NO!

    ”It must be getting crowded under your bed, with all the Reds, Muslims and Chinese there. And Maori.”

    If I may cut through your sarcasm. I don’t deny any of the above the right to exist or practice their culture’

    What infuriates me about people like you ( and 90 plus % of the population for various reasons who agree with you) is your refusal to accept we need to do something to protect our way of life right now. You fail to heed the danger signs. Your continual free pass given to Islam is appalling in my opinion.

    Then what happens, Pete? We have a terrorist attack in New Zealnd. And the innocent Muslims you are trying to stand up for against the likes of me get a backlash from racist nutters bent on revenge.

    All so unnecessary if only we took control of our destiny. But we aren’t.

  3. Blazer

     /  October 19, 2017

    what Corky forgets is that the Asians are stupid.They have yet to wake up to the fact that selling your land,business’,and commodities and giving away water is the secret of success.I think Bill English and co,need to educate them about all the wonderful benefits of an…’open economy’!

    • Corky

       /  October 19, 2017

      Damn, there’s sarcasm aplenty today. Again what Blazer forgets is… there’s nothing wrong with what NZ is doing provided it is under strict control. That isn’t happening.

      Don’t believe for one moment shutting yourself, or your resources, off from foreigners will save you. It won’t. China still has some lessons to learn. So do we.

      • Blazer

         /  October 19, 2017

        so in fact there IS something wrong with what NZ …is doing.

    • PDB

       /  October 19, 2017

      Apparently you can’t be a ‘down-to-earth kiwi bloke you’d want to have a beer with’ and also work in the financial world…

      What an idiotic thought.

      • Blazer

         /  October 19, 2017

        apparantly ,you can be SINCERE,even if you don’t really…mean..it!

    • High Flying Duck

       /  October 19, 2017

      Stupid article putting forth straw man arguments to knock them down. Key played UP his business background – that was why people trusted him during the recession.
      The Journalist seems to think you can either be a good business person or be relatable.

      She seems to think he needed to keep sucking on the public purse to maintain his image rather than going back to the private sector. As PDB said – idiotic.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  October 19, 2017

        Yep, yet another idiot journalist writing for idiots.

      • Blazer

         /  October 19, 2017

        Key played UP his business background – that was why people trusted him during the recession.’…because he was a forex gambler,and used to work for what became a basket case..Merrill Lynch?Directorships compliments of the old boy network is hardly…working,being rewarded ..more like.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  October 19, 2017

          JK was in a high profile role which he performed very very well and was in line for big promotions had he stayed.
          He had, and still has, a very good reputation.
          He wasn’t a gambler at all – despite your desire to slight him with it. The issues at ML came from a completely different area of their business.
          But please don’t let my words stop your bile from choking you.

          • Blazer

             /  October 19, 2017

            trading is a synonym for gambling,accepted…universally.His reputation is great..with his masters who run the private banking…franchise.He did most everything,they…asked.

            • Blazer

               /  October 19, 2017

              @HFD…the attack on the NZ $ with associate Krieger was a telling indictment on his priorities.He has often mentioned..’coming out of retirement’ re forex gambling.Even his publicity shy son said he wants to emulate him.Not sure if that is while following an ambition to become the next Justin Bieber.

            • Blazer

               /  October 19, 2017

              so now we know how you hold a demoralised team ..together…sack dozens of them(less than 100 though)!Bol.

          • Gezza

             /  October 19, 2017

            Must admit I put Finance & Share Trading in a different category to Business, HFD. Not saying there’s anything wrong with the latter, just saying to me Businesses are mostly traders in goods & services to support that.

            • High Flying Duck

               /  October 19, 2017

              Except he was in a management role – Head of Global Foreign Exchange. He was renowned for his leadership and management skills, rather more than as a trader. He had the ability to get the best out of the team, to keep the top performers with the company and to manage through crisis.
              He was good enough that he followed it up with being appointed as a a member of the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
              This also shone through in his international relationships as PM where he was very well regarded.
              I cannot imagine a company not wanting someone of his calibre on board. You can disagree with his politics and with his ethics but his business acumen seems to be top level.

            • Blazer

               /  October 19, 2017

              he did earn his nickname the ‘smiling assassin’ for the easy way he disposed of superfluous ….people.No doubting his sincerity or integrity…except…um..

            • High Flying Duck

               /  October 19, 2017

              The fact he fired people is not a negative – the company was hemorrhaging money.

              —-

              Key’s colleagues say his ability to hold a demoralised team together was most evident in 1998 and 1999 when Merrill suffered big losses as a result of the Asian crisis. Morale plunged, and the bank risked losing many of its best staff to rival firms.

              Key rallied his team in London around him and kept them inspired enough to stay at the bank rather than bolting for the door. He still sacked dozens fewer than 100 as Key recalls it but in banking terms that was considered trifling.

              At that time, says Kelly, Merrill Lynch was facing losses of about $1.5 billion to $2b in just three months.

              “It became clear that our bonus pool was going to be pennies. But John really rallied his FX groups around him. He was a real champion a big reason we were able to move forward. He was one of the few people [at that level] we kept on,” says Kelly.
              —–

  4. Press release (extract):

    ‘An Auckland doctor is calling on police to stop arresting so-called ‘green fairies’ who supply medicinal cannabis.’

    ‘Dr Gulbransen, a GP for 30 years, told Newshub the arrests are causing anxiety and distress for more than 100,000 Kiwis.’

    “There are 100,000 people or more who are really anxious about what the police are doing, and I’m calling on the Police Commissioner to stop the prosecutions,” he said.

    ‘One of those prosecuted is Rose Renton, who had fought to get her dying son treated with cannabidiol (CBD) oil. She appeared in court on Tuesday charged with cannabis offences.’

    ‘Her arrest is the third of so-called ‘green fairies’ in recent months where dealers of CBD-based products, or medicinal cannabis, have been targeted by police.’

    ‘A law change last month allowed CBD to be prescribed by doctors but patients are struggling to find products.’ (NONE currently approved in NZ, except ‘Sativex’ >$1000/month not funded by Pharmac (more expensive than black-market herb)) !!

    ‘However his plea has fallen on deaf ears. On Thursday afternoon, police told Newshub their role is to enforce the law and that their approach to cannabis has not changed.’

    “THREE CHEERS for this Doc & the ‘Green fairies’ for cutting through all the B-S/negative rhetoric being pushed by the prohibitionists; Police bureacracy who only support Status Quo/Job protection” sez I&ae :/

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  October 19, 2017

    Media hiding good news department:

    1. NZ Climate warmed by 1 deg C over the past century.
    2. NZ sea levels rose 6 inches over the past century.

    Apocalypse is delayed centuries if not indefinitely but climate alarmists bury their heads in the sand en masse:

    • Zedd

       /  October 19, 2017

      meaning… your another c-c denier ???
      Im sure Mr T will support your view Alan, even if many, many others dont !

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  October 19, 2017

        I’m a simple scientist in this context, Zedd. I just look at the data and say b.s. to the alarmists. Scientists don’t have beliefs, they have data.

        • Blazer

           /  October 19, 2017

          except when they don’t have the…data they…want.

        • @AW

          yes but.. data can be manipulated, to fit personal agendas; just look at the cannabis debate.. ‘reputable scientists’ once said ‘its use, caused mass insanity’ & has ‘NO know medicinal or therapeutic uses/value’ (even though it had been used for 1000s of years prior)
          Both of these ‘Facts’ have been since, widely disputed/discredited, but the ‘debate’ still goes on in 2017 ! 😦

          • Zedd

             /  October 19, 2017

            I think its called ‘selective, one-eyed blindness’ ? :/

            OR.. we can only see what we choose to ??

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  October 19, 2017

            Data is reproducible and verifiable. You are describing unfounded allegations and opinions claiming to be facts, That is not data.

            • @AW

              This stuff is verifiable.. btw; it was discovered that most of these ‘reputable scientists’ were being funded by ‘Big Pharma’, ‘Big Tobacco’, ‘Big Alcohol’ & ‘Petro-chemical industry’ whose biggest NATURAL competitor was Industrial Hemp

              The war on HEMP, is likely a reason why the fossil fuel industry has a monopoly on non-biodegradable Plastics, Petroleum production (as opposed to biofuels) & synthetic fibres etc. which is a major source of pollution in the world today.
              Just saying.. 😦

    • Corky

       /  October 19, 2017

      What a bunch of ignorant arses!

  6. Corky

     /  October 19, 2017

    There’s always fun to be had by Righties. That’s because they earn big money by working hard using capitalism.

    But socialists are always ready to ruin their fun. This young Tory wanted to give back to his community. But what do they do? They arrest him. An absolute travesty of natural justice.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/97989047/australian-teen-arrested-for-allegedly-driving-fake-emergency-services-truck