Media watch – Thursday

22 February 2018

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  1. David

     /  February 22, 2018

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/101651349/david-parker-delivers-just-enough-wins-to-take-heat-out-of-cptpp-signing

    Will link but its not really an article of any great insight.
    What I take from it is that to the medias relief there is just enough changes for us not to have to call Labour rank hypocrites and waste any more time covering dildo throwing loopy,s in their imported clothes carrying their Iphones opposing the miracle of international trade.

    • David

       /  February 22, 2018

      And no mention of the threshold for OIO approval going from 100 million to 200 million from Winston.

      • Blazer

         /  February 22, 2018

        2 things you’rein favour of…great start to…your..morning.

  2. duperez

     /  February 22, 2018

    The importance of having Fairfax and NZMe combine was highlighted this morning.

    Waking to hear the news at 6.00 I listened for a short while before turning the dial. The first brief comments were about the exceptional effort of Carlos Garcia Knight at the Olympics. He is according to the woman on the radio a real ‘spunk.’

    Then a monologue about the turmoil her life has been put into by the misguided, disastrous actions (my words) of the government. Yes, having reviews and working parties for them to look at the way things happen here. She wants decisions and action so everyone knows where they stand not looking at and reviewing things because then apparently no-one knows where they stand.

    Then to the big topic. Chin fat. Turn the dial.

    The short morning splurge showed why it is important the Commerce Commission’s decision be changed. Surely the astonishing depth of wisdom and perspicacity of Kate Hawkesby shouldn’t be limited to just one radio station at that ungodly hour. She should have the platform monopoly media would allow. Maybe that would then be an excuse to stick her too on the back of a bus.

    • Blazer

       /  February 22, 2018

      try the front of the bus…so you can see her…coming.

    • PartisanZ

       /  February 22, 2018

      There’s another dial you could use duperez …. the ON & OFF dial …

      Tremendous liberation and satisfaction can also be gained from such fun activities as –

      – dropping a radio or television set [safely] from a great height onto concrete …

      – dropping a radio or television set [unplugged] into a pond or swimming pool …

      – digging a grave-like hole and burying radio & television sets with suitable ceremony proclaiming one’s freedom from ‘THE MEDIA’ …

      Tough questions remain though, like how to rid oneself of blogaddiction*?

      *new word # 144 (?)

  3. Corky

     /  February 22, 2018

    This is funny and very scary at the same time. Manchester, the area mentioned, is the UK equivalent of South Auckland in certain areas, so it’s no surprise KFC is a sort after commodity.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-43140836

    • PartisanZ

       /  February 22, 2018

      Oh no! And ‘KFC shortages to continue all week’ … [along with thinly veiled racist comments!]

      http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-43140836

      So much for ‘global supply chains’ huh?

      Of course, the flaws in commercializing everything, including cooking and eating, and food delivery – and shortly water – had to show up sometime …

      Like any capitalist formula: Build more motorways and then build more cars to clog them up with … I guess the same applies to arteries?

      • Corky

         /  February 22, 2018

        ”Oh no! And ‘KFC shortages to continue all week’ … [along with thinly veiled racist comments!]”

        Fact. Racist or not.

        The problem is a change in supply and delivery. But thanks for your political spin. I would like to see you spin that in front of an empty KFC franchise. You would receive a good neo-liberal kicking. Hungry people want a philosophy that delivers. They know the best the Peoples Socialist Commune could ever deliver would be soggy bacon and stale eggs.

        • PartisanZ

           /  February 22, 2018

          I’ll give you a philosophy that delivers: Go to a ‘food’ shop that doesn’t just sell ‘simulated nutrition’ in grotesquely wasteful polluting packaging, buy some raw food ingredients, preferably but not necessarily organic, then go home, make a salad outa some of them, and FUCKING COOK THE REST!

        • PartisanZ

           /  February 22, 2018

          Corky – Those white English folks in your article don’t look particularly hungry and homeless or anything … Are they exercising their freedom of choice? Or feeding their KFC addiction?

          More philosophy: Buy raw ingredients weekly or fortnightly (or longer and in bulk if storable) so you save money and don’t use your car to go to the fucking fast-food outlet every night …

          And if you can’t feed yourself stuff that isn’t ‘simulated nutrition’ at least feed your children some healthy actual food …

        • PartisanZ

           /  February 22, 2018

          I could go on all day …

          @Corky – “You would receive a good neo-liberal kicking. Hungry people want a philosophy that delivers.”

          Spot the internal contradiction? If neoliberalism had delivered, why are the people hungry?

          [Clue: Has to do with food that is little more than ‘simulated nutrition’, rather like Ronald Reagan was a ‘simulated President’]

          And if neoliberalism had delivered on its promise of “individual freedom” the KFC addicts wouldn’t kick me, would they, but would respect my right to ‘individual freedom’ of speech … ?

          Neoliberal Right-ness seems to have produced the exact opposite of what it proclaims itself to be about … We’ve got food that’s poison, freedom that’s tyrannical … and news that’s fake …

          • Corky

             /  February 22, 2018

            ”Spot the internal contradiction? If neoliberalism had delivered, why are the people hungry?”

            Because regardless of philosophy or intent…shit happens. How many times has KFC had this problem since they opened. None that I know of.

  4. Corky

     /  February 22, 2018

    Good to see American teachers are taking my sane advice and arming themselves. They are also taking defensive shooting courses. That means they don’t have to die on their knees like an Auckland dairy owner. These teachers now have a fighting chance.

    • Blazer

       /  February 22, 2018

      2 wrongs don’t make it…right,plonkers should understand…that.

      • PDB

         /  February 22, 2018

        As usual you miss the point – it is the hypocrisy that is being pointed out. Nothing stopping the likes of the Spinoff attacking Ron Mark right now over the same issue.

        • Blazer

           /  February 22, 2018

          Winston came from National.NZ First is hardly left wing,more conservative,right if anything, as any plonker should…know.

          • PDB

             /  February 22, 2018

            Ron Mark/NZL First is currently part of a left-wing govt that includes a far-left party in the Greens. Winston is a protégé of that old socialist Muldoon. Are you still half-asleep this morning?

            • Blazer

               /  February 22, 2018

              Winston’s power base is the elderly conservative,concerned about law and order,pensions,and peace and…quiet.Wake up …to yourself.

            • Patzcuaro

               /  February 22, 2018

              As a protege of the National Party.

            • Patzcuaro

               /  February 22, 2018

              Also

            • PDB

               /  February 22, 2018

              The very same people that have now left him because he has gone quite left-wing leaving him currently polling at 3%? It’s like discussing politics with a 4 year old.

            • PDB

               /  February 22, 2018

              Muldoon was such a socialist the following Labour govt had to take a massive economic lurch to the far-right to balance things up.

            • Blazer

               /  February 22, 2018

              @PDB…I wouldn’t know what discussing politics with a 4 y.o is like….I presume you win…now and…again.

        • PartisanZ

           /  February 22, 2018

          @PDB – “Nothing stopping the likes of the Spinoff attacking Ron Mark right now over the same issue.”

          Why would they? Ron Mark hasn’t stood up and proclaimed his desire to lead the National Party …

          • PartisanZ

             /  February 22, 2018

            @PDB – “Muldoon was such a socialist the following Labour govt had to take a massive economic lurch to the far-right to balance things up.”

            Hasn’t anyone even pondered other possibilities, be they correct or not? Be they partially correct yet informative? Just thought about it differently?

            Muldoon was so UTTERLY DESPERATE to keep National in power and prevent a ‘socialist’ Labour government being elected, he was prepared to stretch Keynsian economic practices – then favoured worldwide – even into so-called ‘socialist’ territory – simultaneously appeasing the Hard-Right with social policy and bias-confirming social disruption – eg Springbok Tour – and in doing so he facilitated the following Labour govt’s ‘shock tactic’ – their “phone call from Treasury” – excusing them for taking a massive, premeditated economic lurch to the far-right to ‘balance things up’ in favour of Hayek & Freidman’s neoliberalism … to tilt the playing field in favour of the very National voter base that largely DIDN’T VOTE FOR Lange and Douglas …

            Many National supporters hadn’t anticipated the downstream ‘unforeseen consequences’ on their own … notably smaller farmers … but oh well, there’s always collateral damage …

  5. Zedd

     /  February 22, 2018

    I watched part of ‘Mr Ts listening session’ on AlJz (with students, teachers, parents of recent school shooting) but also from Columbine & other previous School shootings too.. what a shame Ms Gonzalez was not there.. to “Call B-S”; likely they would have not let her into ‘his presence’.. it was all very polite & ‘yes we are concerned, listening & will do something about it’ BUT the only commitment, so far is to ban, the ‘bumpstop’ that makes a semi-auto military-style gun into a fully auto/machine gun.

    As long as the NRA are, a ‘major sponsor’ of their politicians election campaigns.. NOTHING of any real consequence is likely ! 😦

  6. Zedd

     /  February 22, 2018

    I see in TV news NZ is reaching ‘crisis point’ with the prison population.. nearly FULL (about 11K) The last Govts. solution was to ‘just build more prisons’.. but the new minister is apparently looking for other options; There is a simple way to reduce the current muster (aprox 1000) release all inmates who are inside for minor cannabis possession; decrim. or legalise USE. Stop arresting folks for possession/use only. There is a common misconception that ‘no one is locked up for minor drug possession’
    WRONG.. ‘reoffenders’ are apparently, locked up routinely ?!

    • phantom snowflake

       /  February 22, 2018

      A perfect short-term solution. I expect the police (state) would push back on this as they have with legislation before the house currently.