Media watch – Thursday

8 March 2018

MediaWatch

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  1. Gezza

     /  March 8, 2018

    This short video clip, by a diver, featured in an item on Aljazeera tv news this morning about the amount of plastic now being ingested by fish, other sealife & seabirds.

    Taken off Manta Point in Bali, which used to be a favourite spot for divers to observe manta rays feeding on plankton. Man, it’s bad.

    Indonesia was reported to be the 2nd-worst country after China for the amount of plastic pollution in its waters.

    • Pickled Possum

       /  March 8, 2018

      Morena bro … Gets my blood boiling all this farken plastic in the world.
      The Citarum River in Indonesia is the most polluted river in the the world.
      Poor sanitation and hygiene cause 50,000 deaths annually in Indonesia, with untreated sewage resulting in over six million tons of human waste being released into inland water bodies, according to an ongoing study by the World Bank.
      They drink it, bathe in it, make power from it and on the banks 500 industrial companies spew their waste in it.
      In some pictures you can’t even see the water … plastic everywhere.
      http://www.austroindonesianartsprogram.org/blog/most-polluted-river-world-citarum-river-indonesia

  2. Trevors_elbow

     /  March 8, 2018

    Senior reporter? Labour cheer leader more like. What a joke. All pretense at amalysis abandoned

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12008408

    • Blazer

       /  March 8, 2018

      good article…Barry seems to be quite flexible…can run with the hares and…chase with the…hounds.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  March 8, 2018

      Joined at the hip with Winston and reports accordingly.
      His reportage has become more and more partisan in recent times.

      • Blazer

         /  March 8, 2018

        it has always been ‘partisan’…its just that he’s changed sides…likes to on the ‘winning team’.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  March 8, 2018

          He was fairly equal opportunity in his opinionated ramblings not that long ago. But he seems to have a real snitch on with National at the moment.

  3. High Flying Duck

     /  March 8, 2018

    Our Prime minister…the “Swamp Creature”…

    “User Magnokor posted an unflattering photo of Ms Ardern in the subreddit, accompanied by the abhorrent description: “This is New Zealand’s Prime Minister. A swamp creature, never had a job, was President of the International Union of Socialist Youth.

    “Is unmarried and pregnant. Stole election after finishing a distant second, and now ill Hillary Clinton and evil Barry Obama are going to visit her.”

    http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/03/trump-fans-call-jacinda-ardern-swamp-creature-in-vile-attack.html

    • Gezza

       /  March 8, 2018

      Some of the commenters cited seem very dense.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  March 8, 2018

        They probably just haven’t seen the 60 minutes piece.

      • Pickled Possum

         /  March 8, 2018

        Gezza all except this one 😉

        “New Zealand has a history of weak, incompetent leaders,” one user lamented. “Which is a shame, because the average Kiwi is neither of those things.”

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  March 8, 2018

          Disagree, Possum. The average Kiwi elected the leaders and I see little evidence that our leaders have been particularly weak or incompetent. That comment does appear to support above average density in the commenter.

          • Pickled Possum

             /  March 8, 2018

            “The average Kiwi elected the leaders” Well, tell that to Trav our dear friend who says 97% of the country or voters didn’t vote for …???

            It’s all too much for me some days …I see a different side of life to yours my friend and I have seen of evidence that our Leaders have been particularly weak and incompetent.

            More money and resources going to bigger centres, provincial towns become ghost towns and are guilt whipped into moving the whole family to make a earn.

            Health Specialist pffftttt sometimes a year wait for a 200 km trip to get a diagnose.

            Police not able to fill a vacancy in a little town station so the nearest help
            is over an hour away.

            These dilemmas have been going on for decades up here in the far North.
            There has been a trimming of the purses, like closure of some of the courses run in Rawene by North Tec.
            Some places look deserted.

            You only have to read the court news to see how there is already one law for the ones in the know … and another law for the ones who don’t.

            Yikes I just caught the biggest centipede I have ever seen!!!!! behind me in my room while writing out this to you YUCK!!!!!

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 8, 2018

              Had a big centipede under the house cleaning out rubbish yesterday too. Ran away not my way though.

              My family all grew up in the city, Christchurch, but have moved all over the world and this country to make a living and their lives. We didn’t feel guilt-whipped to do that.

  4. sorethumb

     /  March 8, 2018

    Stanley Johnson is a former British Conservative Member of the European parliament, an environmentalist and author. His latest novel is a thriller called Komromat, about Russian interference in the Brexit vote and the US presidential election. His son, Boris Johnson, is the British Foreign Secretary who led the Brexit campaign, while he campaigned to remain. He talks to Kathryn about Boris, Brexit and writing political thrillers.https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon

    The Russians caused Brexit and trump

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 8, 2018

    US Media dirty tricks – repeated unquestioningly by our own:
    http://thefederalist.com/2018/03/06/media-fight-for-democrats-in-washington-leak-wars/

    • High Flying Duck

       /  March 8, 2018

      I can see the veins on Joe’s neck starting to bulge already – what a damning indictment of the anti-Trump coverage in the media.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  March 8, 2018

        That lady writes very good, well-researched columns.

  6. High Flying Duck

     /  March 8, 2018

    Something for Blazer to ponder next time he’s playing a round a Millbrook…

    And just to be clear, just because there is a video with Clare Curran above the article doesn’t mean Clare Curran wrote it…

    Four reasons NZ needs rich foreigners: Sir Eion Edgar

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12008678

    • Blazer

       /  March 8, 2018

      One rich guy(ex FB!) with 4 anecdotes about other rich guys largesse which are not…compelling.NO.1 is very good.2&3 are business ‘ people pay to use.4 is ludicrous and goes against research re wealth and generosity.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  March 8, 2018

        See – I knew you’d come around Blazer. 😉

  7. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 8, 2018

    I suspect Gezza will agree with much of this – bureaucrats educating Ministers, reality making pragmatists out of idealists:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12004128

  8. Funny:

  9. It looks like Wellington ratepayers might be in for a huge rates decrease, to 3.9%, but it may pay to read carefully before getting too excited.