Media watch – Monday

29 April 2019


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  1. Try to work this one out.

  2. Gezza

     /  29th April 2019

    Been watching Q+A (for a change). Hosted by Jack Tame who I generally regard as not much more than an overgrown cub reporter.

    He interviewed David Parker for two segments over the work he’s been doing on the China Belt & Road agreement National signed up to. Was ok, I guess, he asked Parker some good questions.

    It was interesting to compare his interview with Amy Adams after that, about the same issue. She did well, I thought. Far better than Bridges would’ve done. He interrupted & talked over her & spent most of yhe 2nd half of the segment trying to put her on the spot over whether she or others in National’s caucus will roll Bridges.

    Amy was a trooper, of course, & said she wouldn’t be going for leader again. But it really stood out how biased the interviewer was.

    • Gezza

       /  29th April 2019

      Next up they’re going to ask the visiting Vatican Astronomer how it’s possible to believe in both science & God.

      • Gezza

         /  30th April 2019

        That was very interesting. He’s a Jesuit monk, sounds like a really nice guy, & is head of the Vatican observatory which has 7 astronomers. He talked about how Georges Lamaitre, a Catholic priest, physicist & astronomer, was the first to propose the Big Bang theory, & the long history of the Vatican astrnomers. He has an asteroid named after him.

        He joined a tour of stargazers visiting the new Ngai Tahu visitors centre & the Observatory at Mt John down South. Was impressed with its set up & noted that this observatory was the first to – & best placed in the world (for some reason not given) – to detect extra-solar system planets in space that have been ejected from their solar systems.

        The skies above the observatory were clouding over with dense cloud, so the would-be stargazers were taken inside the observatory for a talk & look around. By the time their inside tour had finished & thry came back outside, the skies had “miraculously” (my word, not his) cleared & the viewing (an official astronomers’ term) was excellent.

        It’s the basically that the Universe – and everything around him on this planet – are so beautiful & that it shows order, not chaos, that convince him that God created it all. As hurricanes & earthquakes & tsunamis & tornados & volcanic eruptions & catacylismic events on earth aren’t beautiful & have killed millions of believers & non-believers – even though I agree that the Cosmos shows a semblance of both order & disorder (randomly-occurring densities after the big bank generated the first galaxies but even the asteroids & comets which have impacted the earth in history have gravitationally & mathematically calculable orbits) – I was expecting something more than just his awe & his failure to ignore that all is not beautiful.


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