Media watch – Tuesday

28 November 2017

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  1. sorethumb

     /  November 28, 2017
  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  November 28, 2017

    Silly nonsense masquerading as serious analysis in the Herald:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11948685

    The whole article is based on the assertion that investment speculative demand is causing the housing crisis in Auckland which is refuted by the shortage of available rental properties and high rents. Clueless.

  3. Blazer

     /  November 28, 2017

    A very well researched and compelling article which correctly identifies parasitical behaviour AIDED AND ABETTED BY FINANCIERS AS THE CATALYST FOR LUDICROUS PROPERTY INFLATION.’The surge in New Zealand’s housing market has been incredibly profitable for the banking, real estate and construction sector, whose actions have been rational and legal but completely at odds with the public good.’
    The writer actually offers solutions too,that will take a very determined politik to introduce.By far the best article on the crisis to date.

  4. High Flying Duck

     /  November 28, 2017

  5. Mefrostate

     /  November 28, 2017

    Project (not so) Veritas tried to get WaPo to publish a false accusation against Roy Moore. Accidentally proved that the mainstream media are still doing fact-checking journalism.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/a-woman-approached-the-post-with-dramatic–and-false–tale-about-roy-moore-sje-appears-to-be-part-of-undercover-sting-operation/2017/11/27/0c2e335a-cfb6-11e7-9d3a-bcbe2af58c3a_story.html

    • Mefrostate

       /  November 28, 2017

      That very same organisation has received donations from the Trump Foundation.

      https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/trump-foundation-paid-activist-filmmaker-james-o-keefe-n670381

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  November 28, 2017

      Yes, well done WaPo on detecting that attack. Though O’Keefe seems to have a pretty unsuccessful record from his attempted stings.

      • Mefrostate

         /  November 28, 2017

        It’s a very encouraging sign that WaPo caught this, tells us that they’re still running decent fact-checking on sources. Even if you believed that WaPo had a liberal agenda to push, you’d still have to admit that they don’t just publish any old rubbish that fits that editorial angle.

        What’s quite discouraging is to think about what the implication would have been if this attempted sting had made it through. How it would have been spun into proof that none of Moore’s victims were credible, and the chilling effect that could have had on other people who have been victims of powerful persons. These are big struggles for our society to navigate.

  6. Corky

     /  November 28, 2017

    Winston confirms he’s a prat in the house today. The coalition talks were a farce. Well, Winston, you don’t know it, but it’s the end for you. You will be gone, maybe with three years.
    And you wont be back..ever.

  7. sorethumb

     /  November 28, 2017

    If you believe in conspiracies you may not be wrong. We evolved with a coalition instinct. It isn’t necessary to be Jewish or have a secret handshake.

    Every human—not excepting scientists—bears the whole stamp of the human condition. This includes evolved neural programs specialized for navigating the world of coalitions—teams, not groups. (Although the concept of coalitional instincts has emerged over recent decades, there is no mutually-agreed-upon term for this concept yet.) These programs enable us and induce us to form, maintain, join, support, recognize, defend, defect from, factionalize, exploit, resist, subordinate, distrust, dislike, oppose, and attack coalitions. Coalitions are sets of individuals interpreted by their members and/or by others as sharing a common abstract identity (including propensities to act as a unit, to defend joint interests, and to have shared mental states and other properties of a single human agent, such as status and prerogatives).
    https://www.edge.org/response-detail/27168