Media watch – Sunday

25 February 2018

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  1. A surprise result:

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  February 25, 2018

    DISASTER. CLIMATE CHANGE NOT WORSE THAN EXPECTED

    Kiwi team find Antarctic ice freezing instead of melting as expected. No happy headlines in NZ MSM:
    https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/ross-ice-shelf-bore-antarctica-freezing/

    • sorethumb

       /  February 25, 2018

      I don’t get involved in global warming debates but I did hear someone say (something like) “you still have to explain the laws of thermodynamics when green house gases attract more heat”.

    • Griff

       /  February 25, 2018

      Head line
      Alan misrepresents his link…
      Girff thinks yip business as usual on planet RWNJ.
      https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/ross-ice-shelf-bore-antarctica-freezing/

      The Ross Ice Shelf “has come and gone probably many times in the last million years,” says Scherer. It likely collapsed during a warm period 400,000 years ago. But he believes it could also have collapsed as recently as 120,000 years ago, the last time that temperatures were about as warm as they are today.

      In other words Alana your story is not saying global warming is not as bad as we say
      Its saying the potential for rapid loss of the Ross ice shelf is likely soon.
      That is far worst than anything contained in the IPCC reports.
      They say we need another 5C or more warming before we acceded such thresholds.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  February 25, 2018

        Speculation vs fact, Griff. Situation normal. Fact is the shelf is freezing not melting as expected. Speculation is that maybe it will melt soon because we need funding for our next project down here.

        • Griff

           /  February 25, 2018

          New data analysis confirms what scientists have suspected for a while now: West Antarctic ice melt is speeding up.

          In a cutting-edge survey of satellite data published Feb. 13 in the journal Cryosphere, researchers from NASA and other institutions shows that ice loss from the critical region of Antarctica is happening at an increasingly fast pace.

          In total, researchers found that Antarctica was losing roughly 1,929 gigatons of ice per year in 2015, the vast majority of which is replaced by new snowfall. But not all of it is replaced by snow, which creates an imbalance that contributes to sea level rise. In 2015, Antarctica lost 183 gigatons of ice that was not replaced by snow. That is 36 gigatons more than the continent was losing per year in 2008. So in total, Antarctica’s ice loss—which can also be viewed as its contribution to sea level rise—has accelerated since 2008. (A gigaton is one billion tons.)

          Nearly 90% of that increase in loss occurred in West Antarctica, “probably in response to ocean warming,” according to NASA. The new data analysis mostly confirms other recent research, but does so with a higher degree of precision by using a new technique that can process a larger amount of satellite data than was possible before.
          https://qz.com/1213702/a-new-nasa-image-confirms-that-antartica-is-losing-ice-faster-every-year/
          How about the other pole?

          deat dear alan you were saying about measurements?

    • David

       /  February 25, 2018

      Thats good to see, we host around 45 filipinos and you couldnt meet a nicer bunch of guys and we regularly have the DIA visiting as do most in Christchurch involved with the rebuild. The exploitation of migrants in Auckland is a real blight on our reputation, often its migrant bosses exploiting their own, particularly in hospitality it seems, and would be good to see some citizenships being revoked and the whole family being removed…change the incentives for people to comply with the law of the land.

      • Blazer

         /  February 25, 2018

        youse a good massa…but some dem massa…no ..good.

        • David

           /  February 25, 2018

          What a disgusting comment you offensive person, Filipino,s are proud people not slaves and your comments are just casually racist.

    • Blazer

       /  February 25, 2018

      Tricophiliacs…do scare alot of …young …women.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  February 25, 2018

        Lefty idiots scare a lot of young women who eventually discover that reality is nothing like what they were told.

        • Blazer

           /  February 25, 2018

          really?what happened to…’peace,love and music’?

    • Gezza

       /  February 25, 2018

      Have to admit that would a completely unimportant news item, except that this model says when she did meet Key he didn’t pull her hair as she’d been warned he might & that he was actually very nice.

  3. David

     /  February 25, 2018

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/101742220/nzers-slam-aussie-call-for-commonwealth-games-ban-on-transgender-weightlifter

    Stuff turned off the comments after they were universally at odds with the journalists story, a choice needs to be made between trans or womens rights and much like the Iranian handshake the purveyors of identity politics are rapidly heading to a place where they have to support the rights of one minority group at the expense of another minority group.

  4. Gezza

     /  February 25, 2018

    Millionaires whining about ban on overseas buyers purchasing plush hovels

    “A lobbying push is on from business, and people living in some regions, to persuade the government to modify its planned laws banning foreigners from buying residential property in New Zealand.

    Some, including several multi-millionaires, have called for luxury homes, and even whole regions to be exempted from the proposed law.”
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/101713280/leave-regions-and-millionaires-mansions-out-of-foreign-ownership-ban-mps-told

    • David

       /  February 25, 2018

      They make a very good point in that if banning foreign buyers to allow ordinary kiwis to be first in the queue then stopping someone buying a 2 million dollar pad wont make a jot of difference. They also make the good point that we miss out on their spending money as well, gardeners, cleaners, maintenance people…formerly known as Labour voters.
      Why not put the ban in place for under 2 million and geographically do it in Auckland where the problem is. Christchurch has no problems with foreigners, I doubt many other places do either.

      • Blazer

         /  February 25, 2018

        vested self interest at its…worst.Quite audacious ,depriving cleaners and manservants of jobs!I think we should legislate about allowing the…rich..to..die.Leave that for mere …mortals.

        • PartisanZ

           /  February 25, 2018

          Economic apartheid entrenched in Law … EITHER WAY!!! That’s what comes of addressing atomized components of the problem … People to ‘Game’ or People to Blame …

          @David – ” … gardeners, cleaners, maintenance people … formerly known as Labour voters.”

          Formerly known as proud proletarians, well-paid unionized workers [in productive industries], reduced to “hard-scrabble, self-employed contractors and franchisers: installing Sky TV dishes, vacuuming the pools of the nouveau riches and mowing their lawns” – Chris Trotter ‘NO LEFT TURN’ …

          The Precariat …

          • David

             /  February 25, 2018

            Now they are well paid contractors, our cleaner charges us 30 bucks an hour which is considered quite reasonable. If the government ran cleaners you would never be able to find one, they would be on strike, they would be rubbish and take home less in pay and they would pay more in tax to cover the wages of all the mid level mangers paid to badly supervise them.

        • David

           /  February 25, 2018

          If a foreigner drops a couple of million into the NZ economy and then it costs them tens of thousands each year to buy services provided by good hard working entrepreneurial Kiwis why would you object ?
          If they drop cash here and commit its because they like what we have and want to be part of it. An economy is not a zero sum game where if someone gets something someone else misses out…if that was the case we would shrink and be worse off which we clearly arnt.

          • Blazer

             /  February 25, 2018

            gis a job…

          • PartisanZ

             /  February 25, 2018

            Let’s look at the numerous exemptions to the new legislation …

            “It will amend the Overseas Investment Act so that only citizens and permanent residents will be able to buy property without scrutiny from the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) …

            Two [further] exemptions were available.

            The first would allow anyone to buy land and build a new home on it provided they onsold it, thus adding to housing supply. Buyers intending to knock down an existing home to build several more would also be exempt.

            The other exemption would allow people intending to live in New Zealand for good leeway if they could prove that intent.

            “We do not want to deter people who have the genuine intent to make New Zealand their home and contribute to the country,” Twyford said.

            “We want to encourage foreign investment in the building of new homes.””

            https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/99827575/law-to-ban-foreign-home-buyers-to-be-introduced-in-parliament-passed-in-new-year

            This is Clayton’s Legislation not unlike their Medical Cannabis Bill. It purports to fulfill election promises but actually does almost nothing to change almost nothing …

            A review in 12 months will show virtually nothing has changed re foreign house purchases, overseas property speculation and the housing crisis … Mark my words.

            Indeed, foreigners will probably be buying more land using legal ‘ghost entities’, building houses and then on-selling them to themselves …

            The multi-millionaires claiming the new legislation would have prevented them from buying in NZ are spinning BS and scaremongering … on who’s behalf?

            • Blazer

               /  February 25, 2018

              here is the huge…hole’…’ Buyers intending to knock down an existing home to build several more would also be exempt’..the best of..intentions.