Media watch – Sunday

24 June 2018

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  1. -D

     /  June 24, 2018

    Heather du Plessis-Allan, bless her heart, addresses a subject that has been bugging me, an actual grandfather, for quite some time. How is it that we have become such fuddy-duddies about so many things?

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12075680

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    • Gezza

       /  June 24, 2018

      What’s this about? My iPad 2 is slow to open online news items with all the crap that’s included on the page these days & the silly Herald’s links give you no clue, like other papers’ do. I hate having to wait for the page to open & then discover I’m not even flaming interested in the topic.

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    • Gezza

       /  June 24, 2018

      From the link:

      “Our PM’s wow how progreessive are we?

      The Prime Minister’s baby isn’t really a symbol of our progress. Jacinda Ardern isn’t a breastfeeding PM because New Zealand was fine with electing a young, hip woman who was about the right age to start a family while running the country.

      She’s there because Winston Peters chose her. In fact, the constant “shut up about the baby” cries from Kiwis suggest we’re not all fans of what happened at Auckland Hospital this week.

      Why are we being left behind?

      Here’s an explanation. We’re becoming more conservative. We’re turning into a nation of fuddy-duddies. We have chosen to put on our granddad slippers and watch the world from the comfort of our rocking chair, rather than get out there and shake the world up.

      How else do you explain us sitting on our hands about abortion and cannabis reform? And more than a dozen countries legalising same sex marriage before us?

      How else do you explain Simon Bridges as the leader of the country’s biggest party? The guy voted against same-sex marriage, doesn’t support abortion legislation, doesn’t support marijuana law liberalisation and doesn’t support euthanasia. The guy is 41. Going on 141. It’s like he did his apprenticeship under Rob Muldoon.”

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      • Gezza

         /  June 24, 2018

        Good description of what’s wrong with Bridges for National. Hell there probably few granddads & grandmas these days who want to retain our ridiculous cannabis laws. We grew up with weed being smoked occasonally or regularly at homes & parties – either ours or someone else’s.

        Whenever surveys are done the general public seems to be far more supportive of major reform than our politicians though. So it’s not that WE are a nation of fuddy duddies. We don’t get to change the laws. It’s our politicians who are right out of sync with the peploe.

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      • Corky

         /  June 24, 2018

        ”We’re becoming more conservative. ”

        Liberals only have themselves to blame. And where it matters most- in the institutions of power- things are still decidedly liberal.

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  3. sorethumb

     /  June 24, 2018

    Wallace chapman Parliament featured the head of history teachers assn pushing teaching colonial history. kids should be taught it (also?) from an Iwi perspective and the should be “no national narrative”

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  4. I’m not a fan of our anthem dirge, but this less flash than usual.

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  6. phantom snowflake

     /  June 24, 2018

    Just read a feature on New Zealand’s most embarrassing export; Trevor Loudon. Basically he’s a guy who travels backwards and forwards across the U.S. screeching “There are still reds under the beds!!” And people pay him to do this. On one of his sites he speaks of the “rapidly unfolding Marxist takeover of the United States government.” Wow!
    Here’s Auckland writer Branko Marcetic:

    Mainstream US conservatism can be so unhinged at times that it’s easy to forget its core tenets are also shared by others around the globe. Take one such figure, New Zealand’s Trevor Loudon, the red-baiting, right-wing conspiracy theorist behind the websites KeyWiki and New Zeal, and several documentaries about armies of secret communists hiding in cupboard drawers across America and has probably stalked you and your friends on Facebook.
    Since his humble beginnings as an anti-Soviet campaigner in the city of Christchurch, Loudon has made it his mission to expose the supposedly radical histories and beliefs of those in the liberal ruling class. Most recently, it’s led Loudon to spend hours trawling through Facebook vacuuming up information about whatever page any obscure leftist happens to have “liked.”
    But Facebook posts and dank memes, it turns out, are only the beginnings of a dark conspiracy that stretches beyond conventional logic itself. If you’ve ever suspected that centrist Democrats are only kowtowing to their corporate overlords and torpedoing any minor attempt at left-wing reform as part of a long-term plan to establish one-party communist rule in the US, then Trevor Loudon has a story for you.”

    https://jacobinmag.com/2018/06/keywiki-trevor-loudon-anticommunism-red-baiting

    [Disclaimer: Just because I’ve read from a Socialist magazine, that doesn’t make me a Socialist. In fact it’s Anarcho-Communist Week in my household at present.]

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    • PartisanZ

       /  June 24, 2018

      Ohhh, when does Anarcho-Communist Week finish p.s? I want to celebrate it somehow!

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      • PartisanZ

         /  June 24, 2018

        Actually, I already am celebrating it … by NOT clicking on the Loudon link!

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      • phantom snowflake

         /  June 24, 2018

        Midnight tonight, comrade…

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        • PartisanZ

           /  June 24, 2018

          OMG … and next week is Rampant Individualist Greed Week!

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          • phantom snowflake

             /  June 24, 2018

            Huh? Isn’t that every week??

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            • PartisanZ

               /  June 24, 2018

              You’re right comrade! I couldn’t see it … I was blinded by their indoctrination …

  7. It’s certainly looking worse than usual, which was already obsessive over-coverage of especially celebrity orienated things.

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    • Corky

       /  June 24, 2018

      First Family.
      First Baby.

      The egalitarian society is well and truly gone.

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      • PartisanZ

         /  June 25, 2018

        A revelation!

        Would the same have applied if, let’s say, John Key had died in office?

        Nothing special … Nothing unusual … eh?

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        • Corky

           /  June 25, 2018

          I never liked the egalitarian society. That and the tall poppy syndrome went hand in hand.

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