Media watch – Wednesday

1 November 2017

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  1. unitedtribes2

     /  November 1, 2017

    Tunnel collapse in North Korea. http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/10/31/report-north-korean-nuclear-test-tunnel-collapse-kills-200-workers/
    “According to the Japanese report, the tunnel collapsed and trapped or killed about one hundred laborers who were working on expanding it. Another hundred were killed in a second collapse while attempting to rescue the first group.”
    Hope this outcome isn’t repeated at Pike River

  2. NOEL

     /  November 1, 2017

    What was the term after the last blast. Geologically the area was suffering “tired mountain syndrome.”

  3. barryglik

     /  November 1, 2017

    Clearly not going back into the Pike River mine was the right decision. It’s just that the event was and still is deeply painful for those grieving for loved ones lost and many others who for whom the tragedy has been very painful also.The Tangiwai disaster The Wahine sinking, Erebus, Cave Creek the Mangatepopo Stream, and many many other smaller but just as painful events others stay long in the system.. Pike river remains extremely painful for many and talk of re-entry like commissions of enquiry and compensation is one outlet for the pain to be released. I am sure everything will be done to ensure total safety if and its a big if re-entry is attempted.

  4. PDB

     /  November 1, 2017

    Labour’s intern scheme still in the gun: https://pro.newsroom.co.nz/articles/2190-new-details-on-labour-intern-scheme

    For Labour to still be saying the scheme was pretty much nothing to do with them, or that McCarten was not working on their behalf is beyond belief.

    • Blazer

       /  November 1, 2017

      should do a Barclay and just say…NOTHING…or maybe Foxtrot Oscar.

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  November 1, 2017

    Eight dead in New York in another terrorist attack by a Muslim lunatic. Sadly his religion is not irrelevant.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/98433266/live-shooting-in-new-york

    • Corky

       /  November 1, 2017

      At least Trump can hold his head up. He tried to do something. Those in the senate who opposed his measures should be in handcuffs and on their way to remand. The charges should be treason and cowardice towards a known enemy.

      I notice the word ‘Muslim’ hasn’t been used during initial reports.

      Many loved ones not coming home tonight. The mortuary slab awaits them.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  November 1, 2017

        Officials speaking to AP on condition of anonymity identified the suspect as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov and said he moved from Uzbekistan in 2010.

        NBC News quoted law enforcement sources as saying the attacker left a note in the truck claiming he committed the attack on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

        Thanks, Obama.

  6. sorethumb

     /  November 1, 2017

    I heard an interview with Tamati Kruger last night. Kim Hill asked how he deals with something (I forget) his answer was kinship. I was surprised Kim Hill didn’t hit the roof because in Aotearo we celebrate diversity.
    Tame Iti has Chinese business partner. Te Urewera “is a gold mine”. I remember all the discussion about the foreshore and seabed when it was claimed that for Maori it isn’t about money, it is about mana and “kaitiaki responsibilities”. Catherine Delahunty was a strong advocate of that line.

  7. phantom snowflake

     /  November 1, 2017

    “Bishop” Brian Tamaki continues his attacks on the gay community, with gay ministers being his latest target. Saint Lukes Presbyterian in Remuera is a good example of a mainstream church whose acceptance of gays goes as far as having an openly gay minister. On the face of it that seems quite unlikely, given the demographics of the congregation; however from what I’ve been told there was very little controversy concerning his appointment.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11939276

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  November 1, 2017

      No he doesn’t. He was complicit in underwriting the banks with taxpayer funds to encourage them to take the risks that sank them.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  November 1, 2017

        And: Between 1999 and 2002 Brown sold 60% of the UK’s gold reserves shortly before gold entered a protracted bull market, since nicknamed by dealers as Brown Bottom. The official reason for selling the gold reserves was to reduce the portfolio risk of the UK’s reserves by diversifying away from gold. The UK eventually sold about 395 tons of gold over 17 auctions from July 1999 to March 2002, at an average price of about US$275 per ounce, raising approximately US$3.5 billion. By 2011, that quantity of gold would be worth over $19 billion, leading to Brown’s decision to sell the gold being widely criticised.

        When it comes to managing risk, a US$15B blunderer is not in a great position to criticise.

        • Blazer

           /  November 1, 2017

          easy to be clever after the event.The GFC caused the explosion in the Gold price.

      • Blazer

         /  November 1, 2017

        No he resuscitated banks destroyed by the private bankers by Govt intervention to stabilise things.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  November 1, 2017

          Not only was he a lousy risk manager, but he was in charge of bank regulation for a decade leading up to the crash and created exactly the environment that allowed the very misbehaviours he now hypocritically condemns. And he:

          transferred responsibility for banking supervision to the Financial Services Authority.[43][44] Some commentators have argued that this division of responsibilities exacerbated the severity in Britain of the 2007 global banking crisis.

  8. PDB

     /  November 1, 2017

    Decades of wrong climate predictions: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/10/30/some-failed-climate-predictions/

    “There is only one possible conclusion regarding the reliability of climate predictions. Outspoken catastrophic-minded climate scientists and high-ranking officials don’t have a clue about future climate and its consequences, and are inventing catastrophic predictions for their own interest. Government policies should not be based on their future predictions.
    Another conclusion is that studies and opinions about future climate are heavily biased towards negative outcomes that fail to materialize, while ignoring positive outcomes that are materializing.”

  9. Zedd

     /  November 1, 2017

    sounds like all the talk of MrTs people colluding with Russia, that they constantly deny.. its looking less & less like ‘FAKE NEWS’ than his frantic tweets would have us believe.

    Next USA Election; early 2018 ? 😀