Media watch – Thursday

28 June 2018

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  1. I think the numbers paying for online news in new Zealand will be much lower.

    About the only one with subscription news is NBR, and they seem to be in decline and in serious trouble.

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    • PartisanZ

       /  June 28, 2018

      How could the NBR be in trouble when, until recently, they had contributors the quality of SIR Bob Jones?

      “Where are all the mercenaries paid for by the King …
      Have they joined the Mob you say … Doesn’t money mean anything?”

      Flowers of the Night – Baron Von Tollbooth & The Chrome Nun

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  2. Zedd

     /  June 28, 2018

    I just watched Indep. USA news (Democracy Now).. a 28 year-old Latina, Democratic-Socialist woman (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) has won the NY primary election, against the longtime incumbent… totally against all the odds !
    She reportedly worked for Bernie Sanders & used ‘crowd sourcing’ to raise her election campaign funds.. only a fraction of the incumbents total.

    Could be also a backlash against MrTs extreme-right policies ?

    They said if she succeeds in getting the Dem-party candidacy, she will the youngest ever 🙂

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    • David

       /  June 28, 2018

      It’s a backlash against the Democrat establishment and a push to the far left. Primaries have been quite interesting with fly over areas being almost pro Trump where he carried districts and the coasts going way left. Even Feinstein looked in trouble in California at one point.

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  3. Gerrit

     /  June 28, 2018

    Whilst in agreement that the pictures are disturbing and no animal should be treated that badly, the use of secretly placed cameras by Farmwatch creates a problem.

    At what point does this become acceptable to trespass on to private property and covertly place cameras in the work place to record activity?

    All a bit creepy and whilst the intent might be honest, how long can it be before we find hidden third party cameras in more work places?

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12079237

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    • Blazer

       /  June 28, 2018

      nothing to hide…nothing to…fear…apparently.

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    • PartisanZ

       /  June 28, 2018

      We’re heading towards a society that surveils absolutely everything … a bit like the so-called Communist USSR did under Stalin …

      What could paint a more perfect picture of Inverse Totalitarianism?

      It’s merely the natural outcome of everything being commodified. Everything is ‘profit’ or ‘loss’, including much ‘crime’ … The illegal redistribution of commodified goods and ‘buying power’ …

      You Righties asked for it with your neoliberalism … What’s the problem?

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      • High Flying Duck

         /  June 28, 2018

        Righties are all about keeping the government out of our lives as far as possible.
        Corporates have huge data collection, but everyone goes into it with eyes open – you have to allow them to collect the data.

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        • PartisanZ

           /  June 28, 2018

          The neoliberal paradigm never ever could have worked – even to the dubious extent it has – without its corollary which is austere welfare and corporate welfare … privatize the profits and socialize the losses … There are countless examples …

          Without these welfares – which, interestingly, are always as little as possible for the poor individual/family and as much as necessary to bail out or bolster the corporates – and all the rules and regulations that come with the welfares – there surely would have been civil insurrection …

          Consequently, corporates grudgingly support austere welfare and its corollary corporate welfare, while at the same time encouraging their workers, who pay for the bulk of it via income tax, to whinge and whine about it constantly … “Keeping the government out of our lives” is, by this ripe hypocrisy, nothing but a Rightie pretense … or, in other words, BULL SHIT.

          Surveillance is one prime mechanism of this “managed democracy” ideology and culture. As Wolin says, ” … where corporations have corrupted and subverted democracy and where economics trumps politics … Neoliberalism is an integral component of inverted totalitarianism. The state of insecurity in which this places the public serves the useful function of making people feel helpless, therefore making it less likely they will become politically active …”

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  4. Who’s right?

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    • PDB

       /  June 28, 2018

      Simon Wilson and Twyford must’ve been at the ‘Blazer Zedd’ (Blazedd) school of economics.

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      • Zedd

         /  June 28, 2018

        whatever that means ?

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        • PDB

           /  June 28, 2018

          It means Wilson and Twyford no nothing about economics based on that article. 🙂

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          • PDB

             /  June 28, 2018

            ‘know’

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          • Corky

             /  June 28, 2018

            They will learn basic economics at the next election. Mainly, you can only sell what the market wants. I see another 4000 plus civil servants have confirmed they will strike.

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    • PartisanZ

       /  June 28, 2018

      Conversely, Labour-led may be letting low income families out of paying more tolls on toll roads?

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      • PDB

         /  June 28, 2018

        What toll roads?

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        • PartisanZ

           /  June 28, 2018

          RoNS …

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          • PDB

             /  June 28, 2018

            As far as I’m aware toll roads are only put in place in NZ where there is a free alternative route – do you have some alternative facts?

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            • PartisanZ

               /  June 28, 2018

              Well, RoNS Puhoi to Warkworth completely avoids SH1, thus creating an alternative route …

              Then, Bye-Election ‘Pork Barrel’ RoNS Warkworth to Wellsford – which was never part of RoNS originally – completely avoids SH1, thus creating an alternative route …

              So, as they say, including the Puhoi Tunnel, “three out of three ain’t bad” …

              This might … it just might … lead one to believe the remaining 4 x 20km General Election ‘Pork Barrel’ sections Wellsford to Whangarei – never ever intended to be part of RoNS – are ‘likely’ to avoid SH1 – ie diverting around the Brynderwyns has already been mooted – thus creating alternative or poor-man’s routes – so these 4 sections can also be toll roads …

              Estimated cost of Auckland to Whangarei at current toll rates = $15.40 … but, as inflation and project costs soar (remembering that Warkworth to Whangarei has never been properly costed) tolls will probably rise too.

              Its wildly speculative, of course …

  5. Blazer

     /  June 28, 2018

    taxpayers union are quite …far ..Right.
    Surprised to learn that National put fuel up 17c a litre……who did that…affect?

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  6. MaureenW

     /  June 28, 2018

    CNN falls to the Food Network – their biased anti-Trump coverage isn’t going so well for them then
    http://dailycaller.com/2018/06/26/cnn-food-network-ratings/

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  7. I don’t think this is a big deal – it makes sense that it will take a while to get up to speed with the regional handouts.

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    • PartisanZ

       /  June 28, 2018

      That’s SO CORRUPT … He’s actually spending LESS than he said he would!

      Immediate resignation is mandatory for lying like this.

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