Media watch – Thursday

28 February 2019

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  1. I wonder how many CGT exemptions are called for.
    It might end up being a tax limited to old white men.

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    • Corky

       /  28th February 2019

      Geez, who mentioned that the other day…oh, why me! If you know Maoridom and socialists, then you can well guess what comes next. Both work on a collectivist paradigm . Both are dependent on a symbiotic relationship. Case closed.

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    • Corky

       /  28th February 2019

      That’s it nan…send a clear message to our merry socialists that taxing your blue chip portfolio won’t be happening.

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  3. High Flying Duck

     /  28th February 2019

    For anyone worried about the impact of the CGT, Jacinda Ardern cleared it up when she spoke with Hosking:

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    • Blazer

       /  28th February 2019

      set up by Hosking…she should be prepared and bat it away to the domain of the M.O.F.

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      • High Flying Duck

         /  28th February 2019

        Set up how?
        She said they were looking at carve-outs and he asked how that would affect the tax take. It was an obvious question and a long way from being a gotcha set up. She fumbled badly.

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      • Corky

         /  28th February 2019

        Don’t kid yourself, Blazer. Accept Mikey has a superior intellect. That makes him a superior intellectual to Jacinda.

        Now you know why I listen to talkback…um, ah..well..ahum? Mikey brings out the best in those he interviews.

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    • Blazer

       /  28th February 2019

      No substitute for…’experience’…Duck…
      ‘The National Party has been forced to remove a social media ad which used misleading figures to attack the Government.

      A recent Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) decision said the National Party Facebook post consisted of a video featuring MP Gerry Brownlee talking about a recent National Party announcement regarding proposed changes to National’s tax policy.

      Brownlee said: “Bracket creep as it’s called is a big problem and this Government is going to take an extra $17.7 billion dollars over the next years out to ’20/’21 out of the pay packets of New Zealanders.”

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      • High Flying Duck

         /  28th February 2019

        Yeah…whatabout…but I’m glad it was pulled.
        I hate misleading ads from either side.
        The then opposition Labour party talking about health funding cuts when health spending was increasing at the fastest rate ever was just as bad.

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  4. https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/02/duncan-garner-the-referendum-on-cannabis-worries-me.html?fbclid=IwAR01zMj2_NZgWdHzmFudcrY30Y8gk9svJBu_5HveZkWmOaDTf_DZHbK0oOo

    A load of Bulldust from Garner; it is not just ‘kids’ who use the herb.. in fact most who support reform say R18+ or higher

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    • Zedd

       /  28th February 2019

      btw; I think its THURSDAY

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      • PartisanZ

         /  28th February 2019

        It’s gonna rain BULLSHIT from now to the referendum at Election 2020 … no doubt about it …

        One thing Rogerednomics taught us is that population-wide indoctrination is a long-haul PR & Advertising campaign process … It takes years and you’ve gotta keep the pressure on constantly …

        This is exactly National’s approach to their Four Lanes to Whangarei pork barrel election bribe, with billboards all around the Northland countryside, ads in every newspaper and unrelenting press releases … including press releases that exploit people’s deaths on the road …

        And many of the anti-cannabis brigade are probably the same people anyhow … the wider conservative coalition …

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        • I hear ya PZ

          many think its a ‘foregone conclusion’ BUT I doubt its ‘cut & dry’ in either direction :/

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          • PartisanZ

             /  28th February 2019

            Depending on how much moolah particularly the anti-cannabis lobbyists put into their campaign it could be a close-run thing …

            We are by many standards a conservative country now.

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    • PartisanZ

       /  28th February 2019

      Here’s an example of BULLSHIT from the Northland Age last week, to which I responded –
      Cannabis picture
      Frederick R. Barnard’s 1921 saying “a picture paints a thousand words” never rang truer than in your article ‘Cannabis link to depression, suicide’ (19 Feb) allegedly reporting “a British review investigating the link between cannabis use during adolescence and the risk of developing major depression and suicidal behaviour”.

      The embedded ‘file’ photograph shows a deformed-looking adult’s hand passing a joint downwards to a child’s hand extended upwards: The shadow of that child on the wall behind.

      So, what words do this vile picture paint?

      They paint a rather alarming picture of the newspaper its printed in. The picture seems to say, “The Northland Age is highly partisan. We’re anti-cannabis and we’re prepared to go to fairly despicable lengths to lend our support to the anti-cannabis cause.”

      Thankfully, somehow, the relevant information is intact at the very end of the article. How many people read to the very end?

      Nowhere is another saying more true than here: “Correlation is not causation”. A link is not a reason.

      The study can’t rule out people who might have developed depression and suicidality anyway – without cannabis – some of whom might be more prone to use cannabis “to cope with sub-syndromic symptoms” (in other words; symptoms of the syndrome ‘depression’ which haven’t shown up yet). If you’re thinking, “Non-existent things can’t be included in a study of any kind” you are absolutely correct. Anyone might develop symptoms of depression.

      Nor has this study investigated other substances which might be linked or lead to depression and suicidality. Alcohol, sugar and non-nutritional ‘fast food’ come to mind immediately. Not to mention family and/or school circumstances, emotional disposition, a cocktail of substances and an impossibly vast array of other factors.

      Will the Northland Age report the “amazing study authored by professors D. Mark Anderson (University of Montana) and Daniel Rees (University of Colorado) [which] shows that traffic deaths have been reduced in states where medical marijuana is legalized”? *
      Or that “Researchers at Harvard University have demonstrated that lung cancer tumor growths can be cut in half thanks to the active ingredients found in cannabis”? **

      Backtracking, the five words “to cope with sub-syndromic symptoms” are surely worth a thousand pictures? Distinguished commentator Professor Celso Arango admits that cannabis may helps some adolescents cope, or at least that they seek its assistance in coping.

      Another fundamental point: Legalised cannabis won’t be for sale to adolescents anyhow! Legalization may make it more difficult for them to obtain.

      Aotearoa New Zealand’s six hundred thousand or more cannabis users – medicinal, therapeutic and ‘recreational’ – who cope, rejuvenate, create, relate, spiritually connect and whatever else they freely do in their own time – can expect more regular ‘releases’ of such ‘studies’ and their biased and/or poor reporting as the PR advertorial war by Right-Wing Christian Conservatives ramps up to the referendum at General Election 2020.

      Bring it on!

      PartisanZ

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  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  28th February 2019

    Yet another fuckwit posing as a business journalist – as many of the comments make clear:
    https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/110899773/landlords-selfserving-rhetoric-making-the-case-for-capital-gains-tax

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  6. Kitty Catkin

     /  28th February 2019

    The Jetstar ad now spells it out that the man is a bumbling idiot while the smug-looking woman knows what she’s doing, in case we had missed the point that she’s much cleverer than he is. Why is this not being criticised for being sexist ?

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