Media watch – Wednesday

25 July 2018

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  1. artcroft

     /  July 25, 2018

    Seemingly this is a genuine story. The guy in the vid is a Georgia GOP Rep, yes he is that dumb, and yes that is Baron Sasha Cohen leading him to descruction. Enjoy

    • Corky

       /  July 25, 2018

      Be fair, Arty. The smell in a blue collar gym can be overpowering for people used to working out in upmarket establishments. It makes them as high as a kite.

      • artcroft

         /  July 25, 2018

        I think he’s over dosed and its terminal. Call the local body snatcher and tell him he got a client.

    • duperez

       /  July 25, 2018

      Jason Spencer is just an ordinary American. Google his name and you have to search for what his background is, because this episode has made him a notable wth his history relegated.

      “An active member of the Tea Party movement” is an early note and later, “Rep. Jason Spencer is happily married to his wife Melaney. The couple has two daughters,
      Madeline and Vera and they are members of the Harbor Worship Center in Kingsland,
      Georgia.” I wonder how they’re getting on.

      From what I can make of it, three university degrees. And stupidity to the nth degree.

      http://www.house.ga.gov/Documents/Biographies/spencerJason.pdf

    • sorethumb

       /  July 25, 2018

      In the same vein “Don Brash is racist”
      Because he doesn’t support Compulsory Te Reo
      https://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018655003

      Kiwi comedian Alice Snedden takes on the topical (and sometimes controversial) civic aspects of NZ life. With her unique approach, and the help of some experts and fellow comedians, Alice will explore a different issue in each episode.
      https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/alice-sneddens-bad-news/episode
      s/s2018-e7

      You would think that that is against the rules (balance or denigration and discrimination) but recall that Susan Devoy called people who were repelled by Espiners Te Reo on Morning Report “boring bigots”. What is going on. Language is the glue that binds us. How would Rip Van Winkle feel if he went to sleep and woke up hearing a different language spoken? Basically there are deep evolutionary reasons why language is important.

      • sorethumb

         /  July 25, 2018

        https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/alice-sneddens-bad-news/episodes/s2018-e7

        Here’s one reason why one side of an argument can have it easy:

        A second philosophical divide is the ethical divergence between deontologists and consequentialists, illustrated some years ago in Garrett Hardin’s agonizing parable of “lifeboat ethics”. It demonstrates a social trap. Shipwrecked passengers on an already full lifeboat face the dilemma of what to do about other survivors still in the water trying to board. Helping everyone board will overload and sink the lifeboat – everyone drowns, but no one is favored (complete justice, complete disaster). Keeping some out is unjust – survival of some at the sacrifice of others. Once we are in the trap there is no acceptable way out – a classic tragedy. The lesson of the parable is that we must by all means avoid the trap in the first place – provide more lifeboats on the ship, take fewer passengers on each cruise, and go more slowly through safer passages. That is what a steady-state economy seeks to do. The drowning of people on overloaded boats in the Mediterranean witnessed on the TV news every day underlines the tragic prescience of Hardin’s parable. The difficulty with deontology is that in its devotion to absolute rules of rightness, it is sometimes blind to foreseeable evil consequences. The difficulty with consequentialism is that it can be wrong in its prediction of consequences, especially if they are complex or far in the future. It can also be too willing to employ bad means in the service of good ends.

        https://rwer.wordpress.com/comments-on-rwer-issue-no-73/

        Deontologist example: Women stand at Hamburg Station with signs: Welcome to The Refugees.
        consequentialist

        Close the immigration door completely… I object to people from all those countries coming here… If that trend continues, we will ruin New Zealand. We will make it just like any other part of the world

    • sorethumb

       /  July 25, 2018

      I see that clip as a bit of a media magicians trick. I have no idea how dumb the guy is but he performs exactly as he is supposed not to. You could take a lefty and do the same (as Lauren Southern did with “Kill Lauren Southern”). It’s as though we have a serious answer for a serious situation and a play answer for a play situation, after all “play” is how all animals develop?

  2. Gezza

     /  July 25, 2018

    Dunno about the rest of you but I want to know how Clarke’s shaping up at home. We need to know that his mothering skills are up to scratch so when Jacinda comes back she’ll be able seize control of power off Winston & give Simon what for without worrying about whether he’s changing the Treaures often & enuf checking the bottle temp properly. I’ll be checking out their social media offerings sometime before midnight. I’ll report back.

    • Corky

       /  July 25, 2018

      I reckon Clarke will be doing alright. I bet he’s bought the little tyke a Peruvian Trade Aid baby blanket. They are so cool…and so now!

      If that baby isn’t in the vicinity of something ethnic, I need to reset my ‘ RIGHT’ compass.

    • Gezza

       /  July 25, 2018

      Hmm. All quiet on the Twitter front. All I could find twitted in the baby dept of late was this, & that was a while back. Doesn’t look exactly promising, but at least they’re giving bubs a chance to keep out of being a prop for their act.

      Facebooks & Instagrams to find and check yet. But tbh, if there was anything much on those the msm would have been titillating everybody with them already.

      • duperez

         /  July 25, 2018

        I’d forgotten about the PM being away and there was a baby. Life goes on. I don’t think they’ll get a chance to keep bubs out of being a prop for their act. There’ll be plenty stupid enough to keep mentioning it.