Media watch – Tuesday

5 June 2018

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  1. Gezza

     /  June 5, 2018

    Naval Academy Graduate (no bone spurs), Navy Pilot, former Federal Prosecutor and mother of four – Mikie Sherrill is running to represent New Jersey’s 11th District in Congress to fight back against Donald Trump and to fight for America’s future.

    • Gezza

       /  June 5, 2018

      Whoops – wrong place. (I blame the Russians.)

  2. See one of the Green MPs, Mr Hughes, has been burning a lot of hydrocarbons to save the world. He told the Scottish MPs.:
    Mr Hughes continued: “However since September 2017 with the election of a new Government we have embarked on a new direction. We’ve achieved the biggest wealth transfer in a generation. Our national Budget will no longer myopically focus on Gross Domestic Product.
    https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/new-zealand-model-may-not-be-right-for-scotland-warns-kiwi-mp-1-4749177
    So do we take from this that they are going to increase more taxes or just take us down the path as a new Venezuala?

    • Badly up north, but it was clear and frosty all weekend in the south, apart from where it was foggy and frozen.

      Up north?

      I don’t know what concepts of direction pre-European Māori had but they had no awareness of the North Pole or South Pole.

      North=nōta – that looks like a Māori version of ‘north’ so presumably a new word.
      South=taitonga – tonga means ‘southern’ which suggests some concept of south.

      • Blazer

         /  June 5, 2018

        didn’t they navigate by the…stars?

      • NOEL

         /  June 5, 2018

        They may not have known the European compass point was south for Titipa’s “Whai” for the Southern Cross before it was changed to Maahu-tonga. “Maahu of the South”. But they would recognise its position relative to where they wanted to go.

    • NOEL

       /  June 5, 2018

      It doesn’t have any bearing on the evictions. Irrespective of the level the tenancy agreement was breached and evictions followed. There is nothing written in past and present tenancy agreement that indicate level of meth contamination is a reason for eviction.

    • Blazer

       /  June 5, 2018

      laughable from ‘squeaky Bridges,but follows a fine Nats tradition….
      ‘we didn’t/don’t have the data’
      ‘who would ever have thought…that…’
      ‘the advice we received…’and so on…

      playing the impotent card after assuring everyone they were sound,competent managers with decisive leadership.All hat and …no cattle!

      • Zedd

         /  June 5, 2018

        All i say to Bridges is “B-S” the Natl party have taken a ‘ZERO-tolerance’ stance on drugs & law reform.. this whole issue just smacks of this trend/approach !!

  3. Zedd

     /  June 5, 2018

    Mr T has come out & said ‘he has authority to pardon himself’ over possible charges.. of collusion with Russia (election campaign) etc. BUT he still claims he has nothing to answer for.. by saying this it sounds like he IS saying ‘I am Guilty’ ??
    There are also comments that ‘he thinks he is above the law’ !

    maybe someone needs to remind him ‘this is REALITY.. not reality TV’ :/ 😀

    • Gezza

       /  June 5, 2018

      Whoops – see below. Old news.

      • Zedd

         /  June 5, 2018

        this ‘news’ is still all over AlJz.. Mr T sez he has ‘THE POWER’.. cringe

        • Zedd

           /  June 5, 2018

          almost felt a ‘godwin comment’ coming on….. 🙂

        • Zedd

           /  June 5, 2018

          thus spake ‘ex-NY mayor’ turned MrTs lawyer (R Guiliani) 😦

  4. Gezza

     /  June 5, 2018

    Old news already.

  5. High Flying Duck

     /  June 5, 2018

    I’m not Bridges is up to the job…

    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 5, 2018

      *sure

    • Zedd

       /  June 5, 2018

      maybe its a ‘housing crisis’ because Key/English are no longer at the helm.. saying ‘it is not’
      OR is it a housing crisis because the ‘meth hysteria’ backfired & their credibility has now crashed ?!

  6. Zedd

     /  June 5, 2018

    I was watching ‘news highlights’ on Democracy Now (Indep USA news); an Israeli soldier shot & killed a female Palestinian medical worker, who was giving first aid to wounded protesters at the Gaza border fence. I thought soldiers were only supposed to shoot at armed ‘enemy combatants’ ?
    obviously this does NOT translate well into ‘Hebrew’ ??
    Its called MURDER in most other languages !!

  7. High Flying Duck

     /  June 5, 2018

    A great article showing the vast gulf between liberal do-gooding talkfests and cold hard reality. Griff’s head may explode…:

    “In the case of the Paris process, [Trump] has succeeded almost without trying. The answer to the question, “Which major country in the world has most successfully reduced its CO2 emissions?” is, “The United States of America”. US emissions hit a 25-year low last year. This success has nothing to do with the UN caravan, which has rolled on for 30 years, or, indeed, with Trump. It has everything to do with the shale revolution – the triumph of much cleaner fossil fuels.”

    By contrast, the greenest of the great economic powers, Germany and Japan, have poured money into renewables. They are consuming more coal than before, however, with Japan planning 36 new coal-fired power stations over the next 10 years. Since renewables are not reliable (because of intermittency), Germany must have more coal or lie prostrate before Putin and his gas. Both Germany and Japan are increasing their carbon footprint because they have run away from nuclear. Energy prices are rising. China, after a slowdown, is increasing its CO2 emissions fast once again.

    As for “Paris”, this is failing, chiefly for the reason that poorer countries won’t decarbonise unless richer ones pay them stupendous sums. The amount supposedly required to do this, agreed at the Copenhagen conference in 2009, was US$100 billion a year, every year, from 2020; but no mechanism could be devised to compel the poor countries to restrict their emissions. At yet another conference in the process, in Bonn last month, the parties broke up without agreement on handing the money across. It is almost impossible to imagine real agreement, because it would be unenforceable.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/104442923/saving-the-planet–and-the-great-paradox-of-going-green

    • Griff

       /  June 5, 2018

      Oh dear
      Poor wee duck has got all upset and posts some more crap for me to laugh at.

      Since renewables are not reliable (because of intermittency),

      Umm duck they are extremely reliable
      My solar plant turns on every single day just before dawn rain or shine.
      It will keep doing this with zero maintenance for I dont know the next thirty to forty years .
      Paris has not died .
      The only country not sighed up is the USA and the individual states are quite happy to ignore the fuckwit in chief. Who really gives a toss that flyover usa is in the thrall of a idiot holding them back from the future .
      Its going to hurt them big time as they get left behind.
      Posting such ignorant crap just makes me laugh even louder my friend .

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 5, 2018

        That’s just stupid, Griff. Solar output is weather dependent, of limited daily duration and seasonal. Denying the obvious just makes you look ridiculous.

        • Griff

           /  June 5, 2018

          Yess Alan

          Funny thing is mate I have been living off grid using solar for over ten years now.
          How long have you used solar for?
          You just know.. eh,
          The cost of my set up was cheaper than running a cable from the letter box.
          In fact I could install twice my present panel capacity and still it would be cheaper than running 350 meters of cable up the drive.
          I will have no power bills at all until the batteries need replacing in about a decade.
          The last set cost $1200 for 14.400 kwh. Do the math…..
          Even in the present crap after four days of wind and rain my set up was on float @ 27.2 volts by lunch time today.
          I have yet to use the back up generator for anything but welding. I dont expect to ever need it .

          • High Flying Duck

             /  June 6, 2018

            Those Germans and Japanese must be bloody idiots then – using all that coal when their renewables are so reliable.
            Perhaps you should give Merkel a tinkle on it?

  8. Corky

     /  June 6, 2018

    Thankfully I had good advice and just dodged this bullet by a whisker.. My money from that account is in a new account…at a storage shed. God bless 3-D currency.. But for how much longer?

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/business/nz-banks-warn-customers-could-have-accounts-frozen/

    • Gezza

       /  June 6, 2018

      The law, which came into force on 1 July 2017, is aimed at reducing global tax evasion by account holders or their controlling persons.