Media watch – Sunday

12 August 2018

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  1. Zedd

     /  August 12, 2018

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/push-lebanon-legalise-cultivation-medical-cannabis-180811151022653.html

    Another country moving to legally regulate the illegal cannabis industry.. for Med-use

  2. Zedd

     /  August 12, 2018

    I just watched ‘Head to Head’ on AlJz; Germaine Greer talking about the ‘Me too’ movement.. she obviously does not agree with what it seems to have become; a populist bandwagon for mostly women to jump on, who want to protest about all the things they want to blame men for.. not just rape & sexual violence ?

    It was interesting that she rejected most of the ideas/labels that many had about her; ‘feminist icon’ etc. ..she has perhaps changed her stance, on many of these things over about 50 years.. since she wrote ‘the female eunuch’ (1970 ?) :/

    One thing was clear (IMHO) she still ‘likes to court controversy !’ 😀

  3. Zedd

     /  August 12, 2018

    I just watched Dem. now.. news item: MrsTs parents have recently become USA citizens using a ‘family reunion’ clause that MrT has reportedly spoken strongly against !
    ‘double-standard’ OR what ??! :/

    • Pink David

       /  August 12, 2018

      “Home purchases by tycoons such as tech billionaire and PayPal founder Peter Thie and Matt Lauer, the former NBC host who lost his job after allegations of sexual misconduct, have led the Government to crack down on the trend.”

      That seems like a very unlikely claim now doesn’t it? For a start, Peter Thiel is a NZ citizen, so it has no impact on those ‘such as’ him.

      “But the Government is blaming the apocalypse preppers for a major housing crisis, with rates of homelessness among the highest in the developed world.”

      A dozen (at most) American tycoons buying multimillion dollar houses in Queenstown are causing homeless in Auckland?

      “The bill would still allow foreigners to buy new apartments in large developments and multi-storey blocks. Existing homes remain off limits to non-residents, but people from Australia and Singapore will be exempt from the ban, due to free-trade rules.”

      Ah, so only some kinds of foreigners.

      “Chinese residents are the most common property-buying foreigners, ”

      The actual target only shows up in the last paragraph.

      “it has increasingly been wealthy Americans buying up doomsday bolt-holes in New Zealand who have made international headlines.”

      Oddly, there have been far more headlines about these wealthy Americans buying up doomsday bolt-holes, than actual wealthy Americans buying up doomsday bolt-holes.

      • Blazer

         /  August 12, 2018

        all good David…National worship billionaires.Thiel made NZ look like a desperate back water.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 12, 2018

      Another half-witted policy that will make NZ poorer if it achieves anything at all. No wonder B likes it.

      • Blazer

         /  August 13, 2018

        so far Thiel is a big winner.Scooped over $20 mil profit from share trading,taxpayers got their money back.
        Has no intention to live here,and brings nothing to the table,except the fawning,adoration of National..acolytes.