Media watch – Saturday

24 March 2018

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  1. NOEL

     /  March 24, 2018

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/102525048/health-minister-pours-water-on-publicprivate-partnership-offer-for-elective-surgeries

    I’ve noticed every surgeon I have had in the Public system also carries out private operations.
    Raises the point what salary does the taxpayer pay when a public elective surgery is conducted in a private hospital?

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    • sorethumb

       /  March 24, 2018

      I remember when if you have appendicitis you stayed in hospital about two weeks.

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      • NOEL

         /  March 24, 2018

        Try that question next time you are in hospital and the reply mantra will be “evidence suggests people heal quicker when they are at home.”

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  2. sorethumb

     /  March 24, 2018

    The Marxists have turned up the blow torch on my beloved Story Time (RNZ).
    Two Maori stories.
    One about a tree outside the girls window where the whenua was buried (loong speels in te reo) and “that’s why we Maori jump up and down about our land”
    and
    the girl loves the city the sound is there to protect her (city living is good -growth is good) but
    Granny is too old so off they go to the stereotypical situation where granny lives in the old house in hearing of the sea (“what’s that noise”). Vege garden.

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    • Pickled Possum

       /  March 24, 2018

      sorekonui kia ora could I have a title of the programme or a link to this show. please.
      sounds interesting, is it fact or ficton?

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  3. PDB

     /  March 24, 2018

    Eugenie Sage looking as incompetent as ever – after being prepared to roll over for Winston’s fishing buddies regarding the requirement to have cameras on fishing boats she now appears to have overstepped the mark by raising concerns with the Environmental Protection Authority (who should be free of political interference) about its chief scientist, specifically comments made in October that irrigation was a “great boon” to the environment.

    “Documents obtained by RNZ show that in December Ms Sage asked her private secretary to forward an article by the columnist Rachel Stewart that was highly critical of Dr Rowarth to the EPA’s chief executive.

    The Minister also defended not keeping any record or notes from her meeting with the EPA chief executive where she discussed Dr Rowarth.”

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/353178/green-mp-accused-of-ministerial-interference

    The fact Sage is sending articles from Rachel Stewart to the EPA CE (the same Stewart that says we should reduce our dairy herd by 80%) should be a worry to us all.

    Ex-Chief scientist Dr Jacqueline Rowarth defends her irrigation comments here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/102539239/scientist-jacqueline-rowarth-says-she-left-epa-of-own-accord

    Rowarth said her comments on irrigation had been related to farming and soil quality, not water.

    “I talked about positive things associated with irrigation, such as how it helped improve soils and provide extra income.”

    “It was related to a farm I was looking at which had irrigation and had also built a wetland – you can’t do that without an income stream,” Rowarth said.

    Her opponents had taken her comments to mean irrigation was good for water quality.”

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    • Blazer

       /  March 24, 2018

      Context….context.

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    • sorethumb

       /  March 24, 2018

      “I talked about positive things associated with irrigation, such as how it helped improve soils and provide extra income.”

      “It was related to a farm I was looking at which had irrigation and had also built a wetland – you can’t do that without an income stream,” Rowarth said.
      ….
      So she was on a farm when she said it?

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  5. sorethumb

     /  March 24, 2018

    Kim Hill thinks Trump has been a boost to the Democrats as he is so bad that people will “obviously” see that. She says that the internet is like a talk back (full of ignorant people).
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/audio/2018637594/cenk-uygur-the-young-turks
    This Kim Hill:
    Kim Hill
    Not many tears shed for Steve Bannon generally speaking around the world because he seemed to be quite frank, a particularly unpleasant person, what do you think?
    Harry Horton
    “Well he certainly held anti-globalist, nationalist views, populist views, he was driving the populist agenda that is at the heart  of Donald Trumps administration. And I think a lot of people in the white house would be happy to see the back of him as well.
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=201855364

    Our story of bus drivers reveals the existence of the proverbial elephant in the room. It shows that the living standards of the huge majority of people in rich countries critically depend on the existence of the most draconian control over their labour markets – immigration control. Despite this, immigration control is invisible to many and deliberately ignored by others, when they talk about the virtues of the free market. 
    ― Ha-Joon Chang, Twenty-Three Things They Don’t Tell You about Capitalism

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    • Corky

       /  March 24, 2018

      ”She says that the internet is like a talk back (full of ignorant people).”

      When I first started listening to talkback I may have agreed with Kim. I used to listen to Alistair Cook. But I have learnt more from talkback than any other media. Why? Because talk back gathers people who may be associated with a breaking story whom would never be interviewed by MSM. You receive much broader perspectives. Beside, talkback is the pulse of what ordinary people think. It’s not for nothing political parties monitor talk back closely. Mention Winnie and he appears to put everyone right

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  6. Zedd

     /  March 24, 2018

    I just saw a TV news item.. a man who is dying of cancer, was denied medical cannabis, because his oncologist is unwilling to prescribe it; too difficult/ too much paperwork ?

    .. & kiwis wonder why NZ ha fallen to the back of the pack on this. Another doctor said the majority of prescriptions in 2017 were approved, but most doctors lack the knowledge OR just dont believe it works ?!

    What a disgrace.. the man was told cannabis will likely have far fewer side effects than the pile of current opiates etc. he takes, but he just cant get cannabis under NZs over-restrictive laws & a doctor who sounds like he lacks compassion to make the necassary effort 😦

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