Media watch – Monday

11 December 2017


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  1. I see the Herald has picked up on the photo story of a polar bear starving to death, claiming it is a victim of climate change. A more rational explanation is here.
    When you want to make the bears as the symbols of the risks of climate change – it must be galling to know their numbers are increasing. So it is tug at the heartstrings to keep the money rolling in.

  2. Ray

     /  December 11, 2017

    If it was a young Green bear it may have made a decision to be a vegetarian with the unfortunate result of its starvation.
    Thing is most animals who belong to the highest end of the food chain die of starvation because they can’t hunt because they are to old or lack the skills.

    • Blazer

       /  December 11, 2017

      in that way, I guess politics reflects nature…Ray…out with the old….in with the…new.

  3. robertguyton

     /  December 11, 2017

    Gordon Campbell on how the drinking water crisis has been a failure of political leadership

    ” Yet these calamities – and the drinking water crisis in particular – seem like an inevitable outcome of the failures in political leadership by previous Health Ministers Tony Ryall and Jonathan Coleman – who after all, inherited a new and entirely fit-for-purpose set of water safety standards devised in 2007, but who did next to nothing to ensure they were being met. The buck surely, stops at the Minister’s office. (That’s why they get paid the big bucks.) It’s not meant to stop at the door of the Health Ministry’s top official.”

    • chrism56

       /  December 11, 2017

      There is no unsafe drinking water “crisis”. There are places like Christchurch and Napier Hastings where there is major ratepayer opposition to chlorinated drinking water – even Havelock North voted it down the last time their water supply got contaminated.. I was recently in Hastings and there was a big queue of people filling up their drinking water from an unchlorinated water source outside the council chambers. I believe a similar thing happens in Napier and Petone. I cannot understand why people will take risks with their water, but that is their choice. Even the Canterbury medical officer of Health isn’t for it–council
      Can the Ministry of Health force towns to chlorinate their water supply? If so, under which legislation? If not, why is that the Minister’s failure?

  4. Worth watching to the very end.

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  December 11, 2017

    Drivelling idiocy masquerading as science knows no bounds: