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12 December 2018

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  1. Gezza

     /  12th December 2018

    Porn impacting children a major concern

    Posted: https://yournz.org/2018/12/12/porn-impacting-children-a-major-concern/

  2. robertguyton

     /  12th December 2018

    This makes very interesting reading (follow the link) for those who believe National’s support is remarkably high.
    “swordfish
    .Scrutinizing Jane Clifton’s claims as an exemplar of the current Media Orthodoxy

    In which i take serious issue with key claims made by Jane Clifton (Politics column in the latest edition of the Listener ‘For Whom the Polls Tell’ December 15 2018) and, by extension, with an entirely fallacious Media consensus on National’s supposedly “remarkable” Poll ratings this year:

    https://thestandard.org.nz/daily-review-11-12-2018/#comment-1561204

    I do wish senior journalists would cease:

    (a) mindlessly regurgitating young David Farrar

    (b) cheerfully & unashamedly interviewing their own typewriters”

    https://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-12-12-2018/#comment-1561210

    • Ray

       /  12th December 2018

      “Young David Farrar”!
      Because we all know the the Standardists always a fair and accurate in their thinking.

      I think it is just bad manners and a waste of time for you to always linking to various wacky rubbish over at the the Standard Robert.
      If we wanted to follow their various batty conspiracist theories we all know where they live,
      they have had a long policy of attacking, bullying and banning of our host which is why I think (and feel you know so well) that is just plain bad manners.

  3. lurcher1948

     /  12th December 2018

    Watching a National party MP make a complete fool of,himself on AM,attacking Shane Jones,and not been able to come up with facts.National a desperate party lead by a doomed leader..no surprises there.

    • Gezza

       /  12th December 2018

      Which MP is it? Can you remember, Lurch? (Have you had breakfast yet?)

      • lurcher1948

         /  12th December 2018

        Settle petal,his names Paul Goldsmith and no i haven’t had breakfast

        • Gezza

           /  12th December 2018

          It shows.

          • lurcher1948

             /  12th December 2018

            At least we are cheerful, i have run my eyes over GD at Kiwiblog,the blog of hatred and despair. Not one post is positive,you can feel the ulcers forming inside the posters.

  4. duperez

     /  12th December 2018

    I see Paul Goldsmith describing suggestions to lower speed limits in the Auckland CBD as ‘anti-car zealotry.’ Sometimes quite catchy lines trying to depict something as stupid become instead depictions of stupidity.

    (There’d likely be heaps of Aucklanders thrilled to be able to get up to as fast as 30kph!)

  5. High Flying Duck

     /  12th December 2018

    To those who have endured the wokeness of crowds, if you frequent twitter at all following Titiana is a must.

    Explained in glorious detail here:

    I met Titania McGrath at the Genderfree Silent Poetry Class I used to attend on a Thursday evening at the Basement Bar in York. I remember her standing out from the rest of the artistes because of the amount of screaming she did. Since her first draft of ‘My Ovaries Are The Devil’s Kidneys’ which she wrote back in 2013, her work has come on in leaps and bounds, and improved with every court summons.

    More recently she has found her niche on Twitter. She inspires thousands of followers, or dare I say, disciples, with a heady mixture of defiant slam poetry and staunch feminist views. Her poems are raw, unbridled, angry, and often nonsensical. Like Lewis Carroll meets Quentin Tarantino. An example of her genius is here with one of her most well-known pieces:

    https://spectator.us/welcome-back-titania-mcgrath/

  6. National’s next (soon) leader?

  7. Gerrit

     /  12th December 2018

    Any left wingers up in arms about yet another round of state funding to private clubs?

    https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/government-allocates-610649-racecourse-safety

    –“Racing Minister Winston Peters announced today that the Government has invested $610,649 in 25 projects to improve safety at racecourses.”–

    More cronyism?

    • Blazer

       /  12th December 2018

      how much for the Americas Cup so far…200mil?

      • Gerrit

         /  12th December 2018

        Yep, not a good look either. Like all stadiums or support for private clubs, it should not happen. Now a loan, with full repayments is understandable, but pure hand outs not.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  12th December 2018

        At least the AC funding is for infrastructure which will continue to benefit the city – as per the last time we had the cup.
        And at least the AC funding isn’t payback for political funding…

  8. lurcher1948

     /  12th December 2018

    Treat the poor in NZ bad,Nationals way, and if you say crap read NATIONAL Kiwiblog general debate and Farrars ferals views including NAZI VIEWS, if the NZ public knew NATIONAL had NAZI supporters they would be shocked
    https://t.co/9X0tzANM2t

    • Gerrit

       /  12th December 2018

      Glad you got that off your chest. Feeling any better?

      The public would be no more shocked to find COMMUNIST in the LABOUR party.

    • Gezza

       /  12th December 2018

      No one does yob like the poms.

  9. Gezza

     /  12th December 2018

    Question 1
    Simon to Jacinda: “Isn’t it the case … that there have been more strikes … under her government … than at any time … since she was a child at Primary School?

    • PDB

       /  12th December 2018

      Dr Bill English? What’s she smoking?

      • Gezza

         /  12th December 2018

        I think she’s probably more likely to be smocking.

        • PDB

           /  12th December 2018

          Rarely watch these but I fail to see why Mallard didn’t make Ardern answer the basic question “Is there too many strikes in the country at the moment”. Bridges asked three times and each time she rambled on about something else & avoided answering. Also sounds like National know something about govt connections to the Sroubek case with their lines of questioning.

          • Gezza

             /  12th December 2018

            I haven’t watched it all yet. I heard a pooklet whining outside & preferred going out to see what it was saying rather than listen to her blathering on and on.

            • Gezza

               /  12th December 2018

              Wondering why they’ve switched Question Time from YouTube to Vimeo. Maybe they’ve seen some Gezza’s Stream clips?

            • Gezza

               /  12th December 2018

              Oh, good. The Kitten’s arrived. Always enjoy watching the progression thru the posts. Makes me miss Corks though.

            • Bridges croaks, rather than delivers.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  12th December 2018

              Ardern rambles and prevaricates, rather than giving a direct answer. People notice, Jacinda.

            • PDB

               /  12th December 2018

              Probably why she is missing from the house so often Kitty – media image doesn’t reflect reality. Far easier for her to visit yet another primary school and answer their questions.

            • phantom snowflake

               /  12th December 2018

              PDB: Funnily enough I got to hear Jacinda Ardern give a great little speech to Western Springs College prizegiving last week; one of several times she’s been there this year. She communicated brilliantly with her audience and was very well received. Make of that what you will!

            • Gezza

               /  12th December 2018

              In Parliament at Question Time she’s become a female John Key very quickly, talking shit, to the guffawing braying of the Labour and NZF donkeys, where his smart-arsery was applauded by the National Party asses raucous sycophancy.

              I’m sure she’s very uplifting and adorable at Colleges; at that age I would have thought she was so hip and one of us too.

            • Gezza

               /  12th December 2018

              Bridges delivers, often, but he sounds like a machine. The message gets cut through ok – which is a plus – especially generally against a Jacinda-besotted, fawning ladies mag article-style media, but he sounds awful and whiny. It isn’t going to work. National know that. They have the holidays & term break to figure out the plan and talk to Simon about the best time.

            • Gezza

               /  12th December 2018

              The thing is, National’s team is good enuf to score the hits perfectly well
              enuf with their spokespeople anyway. Simon often isn’t needed for that purpose and in fact he adds to the sense of banging a drum too much for too long when he tackles the PM (and, especially, the other PM, who bullets just bounce off because he’s too cunning and shameless to score hits off) over every live issue and then the spokesperson tackles the Minister over the same thing. They can afford to spend a little time rejigging their leadership; the troops are pretty sound. Mostly.

  10. PDB

     /  12th December 2018

    Surely buying a beachside home is a risk that the taxpayer shouldn’t have to compensate for?

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/109295415/does-the-taxpayer-fund-climate-compensation-for-beachfront-homeowners

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  12th December 2018

      They might have to pay compensation for local government reactions.

  11. lurcher1948

     /  12th December 2018

    So im listening to the arse hole, the waste of oxygen , (the X traffic officer)larry williams saying that the greyhound industry just put down 353 greyhounds THATS 353 INNOCENT DOGS and this droning fuckwit right winger thinks thats OK,YOU CAN TELL HE WAS A TRAFFIC OFFICER, 353 DEAD DOGS is nothing with the STRESS Simon Bridges is going trough, ANY GREYHOUND is better than THE WHIMP BRIDGES, POOR DOGS

  12. Gezza

     /  12th December 2018

    Email:
    . . . . . .
    Hi Gezza!

    I love that it’s my job to thank you for your $ 5.00 contribution to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation.

    The essential story of Wikipedia is the story of an individual, like you, giving a little bit of themselves to keep the doors of discovery open. Your contribution shows me that the spirit of our vision is alive and well.

    You probably donated because Wikipedia is useful to you. That’s one of the main reasons people tell me when I ask them why they support Wikipedia. But what may surprise you is that one of the top reasons people don’t give is because they can’t afford to.

    At the Wikimedia Foundation, we believe that no one should have to pay to learn. We believe knowledge should always be free. We will never charge anyone to use Wikipedia. So how do we afford the infrastructure of one of the world’s most popular websites?

    Because of the generosity of people like you.

    Wikipedia is yours: yours to read, yours to edit, yours in which to get lost. We’re not the destination, we’re the beginning.

    Gezza, thank you for helping free knowledge thrive.

    Katherine
    . . . . . . .

    I really like that. They have my email addy. They ask once a year. They don’t hassle you. The request is nicely put. You can give even less, & you can unsubscribe at any time.

  13. PartisanZ

     /  12th December 2018

    Interesting opinion piece on Cannabis in Newsroom by Clinical Psychologist Nic Beets –

    “Keep the cannabis industry at bay … any commercial industry’s overarching objective is to sell as much product as possible… Such dynamics have resulted in extensive public health harms with alcohol and tobacco – and should not be repeated for a newly legal cannabis industry” …

    The solution is simple: Make it legal but don’t let anyone make money from it.

    … if we legalise the growing but not the sale, we undercut everybody. It’s a pretty safe bet that there isn’t going to be much profit if you can grow it yourself for free.”

    What are the chances of such an opinion being considered I wonder?

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/12/11/359275/cannabis-make-it-legal-but-dont-make-it-pay