Media watch – Saturday

24 February 2018


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  1. Gezza

     /  24th February 2018

    I missed 1ewes last night so don’t know if this case was featured. Must admit I’m quite surprised by this verdict.

    • unitedtribes2

       /  24th February 2018

      Me too. Cant see how they could have ever came to that verdict no matter how sad it was.

  2. Gezza

     /  24th February 2018

    A very interesting Feature article. Some excerpts:
    … … …
    New Zealand military personnel have been secretly operating at a base in the Middle East where the air war against the Islamic State (Isis) is planned and launched.

    The US-led bombing campaign is facing criticism for killing Iraqi civilians at a much higher rate than the coalition has acknowledged.

    A Stuff investigation has confirmed New Zealand Defence Force teams have been stationed at the Combined Air and Space Operations Center (CAOC) at Qatar’s Al Udeid airbase since at least early 2016.

    Approached for comment, a Defence spokesperson said: “The New Zealand Defence Force has a small number of staff officers in Qatar at the Combined Air Operations Centre. These are deployed to contribute to security and support operations in the Middle East.”
    … … …
    Even greater secrecy surrounds the role of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) in the anti-Isis campaign. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s spokesperson deflected questions about its role.
    “The PM has no comment.”
    … … …
    Told by Stuff about the Defence Force’s role, Gopal questioned why it would be kept secret. “If New Zealand purports to uphold certain values, like the protection of civilians, the only way that people can know if they are doing that is if they know what New Zealand is doing in this conflict.”

    The US-led coalition has consistently said it conducts its air strikes with surgical precision and that great care is taken to avoid civilian casualties. However, Gopal said there was “a massive gap between what the coalition and its constituent governments say they’re doing in the war against Isis and what’s actually happening on the ground.

    “That gap is not just important for moral and ethical reasons – because a lot of innocent civilians are dying – but also for strategic reasons, because you can’t actually win a war when you’re leveling whole cities and destroying families.”

    He said while Isis might eventually be defeated, “the grievances, the anger and the resentment that the anti-Isis campaign has inculcated among Iraqis and Syrians is going to fester, and I can see circumstances under which a new group will emerge. And then we will be having the same conversations 10 or 15 years down the line.”

  3. Zedd

     /  24th February 2018

    I just watched an interview (The Nation TV3) with ‘Regional Development Minister’ S Jones (NZF/ex-Lab).. he was asked about possiblly supporting ‘Hikurangi Hemp farms’ that has recently been licensed to extract medicinal CBDs from their ‘Hemp plants’. Mr Jones stated he (& NZF) are ‘Hardline on Drugs’ (not supportive).. Ms Owen reaffirmed it was Medicinal use, not ‘smoking dope’. Mr Jones called it ‘Electric Puha’ & said he had seen all the HARM it has done in the north.
    It sounds like he & NZF do NOT accept that cannabis, does have genuine medicinal use, even CBDs (non-psychoactive) All I can say is “How NARROW-minded” ! 😦

    • PartisanZ

       /  24th February 2018

      Regrettably Zedd, Jones’ attitude is a good ‘deal’ more than narrow-minded.

      It’s brain-dead!

      He is trying to pander to NZFirst’s Right Brigade voters who they TOTALLY LOST during coalition negotiations by not sticking to any of their election campaign bottom-lines.

      Perhaps he doesn’t realize this? NZF’s support has gone down 4% by exactly their (The Right Brigade) numbers … Theoretically the Conservative Party will benefit …

      For NZF, ‘Coalition’ entailed NO ‘Abolish Maori Seats’ referendum, NO ‘Abolish Anti-Smacking’ referendum, NO ‘One Strike and You’re OUT’ harsher sentencing policy on crime … et al … AND, NO “Hardline” stand on medical cannabis!

      Why? Well, a simpleton could see it but apparently Jones can’t.

      Because they became part of a coalition government committed to having a fucking REFERENDUM ON CANNABIS before or at the next election!!!

      They are not going to get those voters back now … or EVER … by saying they’re Hardline against even medical cannabis … as the world around them turns soft on it … ie 74% in favour from reputable polling …

      Jones lack of political finesse is beyond belief … and I actually like NZF’s Provincial Growth Fund … but if they don’t support industrial and medicinal hemp in the North they are truly more brain-dead than I ever thought …

      Have faith Zedd … the change is coming …

      • Zedd

         /  25th February 2018


        NZF are totally deluded, if they think that Medicinal use is the same as ‘smoking Electric puha’ (as Jones said)
        Also; they spoke out strongly against the recent Greens bill (failed 1st reading) & yet Grey-power, publicly now support medicinal cannabis. NZF are supposed to be ‘defenders of the aged’ ? Go figure… 😦

  4. MaureenW

     /  24th February 2018

    Well thank god we don’t have a PM like Trudeau. Loved the comment by one of the indian commentators, that they don’t arrived in Canada on official trips dressed in Mounties costumes.

  5. duperez

     /  24th February 2018

    Being pedantic.

    In the ODT today Steve Hepburn: “The zoo area at the end of the stadium was packed as it is now an integral part of University Orientation. The zoo attendants sung and cheered …”

    I realise the use of words like ‘sang’ and ‘sung’ is changing. Momentum for that has come from it’s misuse in common media like TV news.

    • Gezza

       /  24th February 2018

      True. I notice the confusion over the use of words like ”it’s’ and ‘its’ is well-established too now & I reckon the momentum for this is its misuse in common media like blogs.

  6. Mefrostate

     /  24th February 2018

    Tucker Carlson’s attack on CNN about the ‘scripted questions’ in the Parkland town hall was based on doctored emails


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