Media watch – Tuesday

23 January 2018

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    • Gezza

       /  January 23, 2018

      3rd time posted in 3 days. This is the sort of thing that needs to be a tv doco as well.

  1. It won’t be surprising if Davidson does bid for leadership, but this is just “almost definitely’.

    The Green female leadership will be an interesting contest.

    • Corky

       /  January 23, 2018

      Green. Brown. Maori, culturally correct and a women. But she lacks something. She always seems to melt into the background.

    • phantom snowflake

       /  January 23, 2018

      Plenty of National Party hacks populate this blog but sadly no sign of any Green Party insiders who could hint at which way the wind is blowing. I’m picking that the Party will choose the safe option (i.e. anyone but Davidson who’s from the ‘activist left’ of The Greens) and continue their drift towards the bland, neo-liberal mainstream.

      • Corky

         /  January 23, 2018

        ”Plenty of National Party hacks populate this blog ”

        Name them.

        • Blazer

           /  January 23, 2018

          Traveller,Missy,PDB,Gerrit,all the Daves,Allytoo,Artcroft,Maggie W,…thats for ..starters.

          • Corky

             /  January 23, 2018

            Crap. Four of those are run by a Leftie. Nice try though.

            • Blazer

               /  January 23, 2018

              name the ..4..put up..or..

            • Corky

               /  January 23, 2018

              Good move. I will have to shut up. But not for the reason you think.
              I do note Alan isn’t on the list?

  2. Blazer

     /  January 23, 2018

    Sage is a ..given.

  3. Gezza

     /  January 23, 2018

    (Covered On 1ewes tonite.)

    Australian intelligence leaks blame recent boat arrivals on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Aussies claim some say they are hoping to get to NZ, following Ardern’s statements regarding taking Manus Island refugees.

    Nothing to do with me she says. Jacinda doesn’t believe it.

    Asked if she thinks the Aussie leaks are political, says she considers herself just an observer (video).
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/100798575/australian-intelligence-leaks-blame-boat-arrivals-on-prime-minister-jacinda-ardern

    Still … could be right.

    • NOEL

       /  January 23, 2018

      “Whether or not people-smugglers genuinely intend for their boats to reach New Zealand, it is clear that they are using publicity around New Zealand’s resettlement offer to market their services to vulnerable people in Sri Lanka and elsewhere.”

      Which begs the question was their “high level” chatter when John Key made the same offer in 2016? If so why wasn’t it reported?.

      • Gezza

         /  January 23, 2018

        I dunno NOEL. I don’t think he grandstanded about it so much, and when the ockers said no he knew enuf not to bang on about it.

  4. Blazer

     /  January 23, 2018

    key word..’chatter’….Turnbull looks weaker by the day..and seeks to bolster his ratings.

    • Gezza

       /  January 23, 2018

      “Peet” comments
      “It’s bazaar that Immigration boots out solid, stable citizens because one of their kids needs future medical help, yet we invite in people who’ll need very big money spent on them just to bring back to some sense of pyschological stability, let alone a complete readjustment into NZ’s way of life.”

  5. Griff

     /  January 23, 2018

    Let’s call the pro-lifers what they are: pro-death
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/22/abortion-lets-call-the-pro-lifers-what-they-are-pro-death

    There is mounting evidence that it is not abortion, but the lack of access to abortion that is a deadly threat to women. This conclusion comes from careful state-by-state monitoring of maternal mortality, including deaths occurring at birth and around the time of birth. The less access to abortion, the greater the chance that women will die in childbirth or pregnancy.

    Maternal mortality has long been considered a third world problem, almost unthinkable in a society, like ours, that spends $3.3tn a year on healthcare. So it was shocking, in the late 2000s, when public health researchers began to see an uptick in US maternal mortality, and to some even more shocking that the excess deaths were concentrated in the states imposing the highest number of restrictions on access to abortion.
    Texas, for example, saw its maternal mortality rate more than double between 2010 and 2014, as the state closed more than half of its abortion clinics and severely cut funding for Planned Parenthood. Thanks to Texas and a few other states with strong “pro-life” lobbies, mostly in the south, the US now bears the ghastly distinction of having the highest maternal mortality rate of all the world’s wealthy democracies.