Further to the Fairfax photo fiasco story, Paul Thompson is in The Press today:
He’s not exactly an inspiring leader, is he?
I don’t think he’s ever tried to be – he’d rather play the clown;
He really is the master of the vapid and vague soundbite - yesterday he had this to offer in Chchch:
"I would say to people it's two steps forward, one step back. Without a doubt there are certain frustrations from people, there's some people who haven't had their insurance payments filed, some things taking a little bit longer, whatever it might be."
Welcome to the Haarp Valley Teepee PA...
simply sue the govt directly
more 'grist to your mill'*, sir
It can't happen here...
well cigarette plain packaging maybe - and don't forget that people friendly French utilities company, Veolia (who also run Auckland's rail system) are still suing the Egyptian Government for 80 Million Euros for raising the minimum wage!
Poor corporations who just can't bear
bearing the cost of doing business fairly...
That TTIP agreement is working well then.
Throw wide the floodgates of greed...
Wonder man John Key says:
"I just wonder whether people get to 7 o'clock and want to zone out on stuff. I don't know ...
but is willing to assume and use his position to sway the masses anyway - firm evidence that age does not bring wisdom...
Who wants a world or country that reflects his 'lazy fear' approach to an informed public...
time for some H. L. Mencken quotes:
I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.
The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
the one I’m least uncomfortable with is the placing of some kind of warning on the book, noting that it is linked to the deaths of at least three children
I'd imagine there are quite a few books that might need similar stickers - imagine the one for Mein Kampf, or many of Lenin's books...
captured photons escape...
Meanwhile a chunk of NZ’s – and Austalia’s – cultural heritage is being frittered away on eBay.
Imagine my surprise - that 'deal' was never going to end well, one way or the other,.
Getting rid of originals or hard copies in favour of ephemeral proprietary electronic retrieval methods is just drinking the Great Corporations Kool-Aid (even Bill Gates Corbis* collection - including the Bettman Archive - has all their originals (negs and photos - and servers) all stored in a refrigerated storage facility deep inside Iron Mountain in the US , and a mirror site in France)
I have books and photos over a 100 years old but none of my earliest 'digital' files or hard drives remain extant or viable.
Paul Thompson said it would all be okay, hah! He was elevated to 'change manager' at Fairfax, and did just that - I now have serious worries about Radio NZ...
do we know if they sold the negs as well?
* "Corbis" is Latin for "wicker basket" at least Gates has all his eggs in two baskets...
Wonder what the TPP has to say about all this!
Wikileaks posted the almost completed investment chapter of the secretly negotiated TPPA from January 2015. It confirms the New Zealand government has capitulated to US demands, including on ISDS.
For working journo's the other shocking public news in the week was the decision of Phil Kitchin to take up a job with Paula Bennett in the Beehive.
Surely he is just going undercover...
They made a Susan B. Anthony dollar coin for a couple of years
Chevron did have an oil tanker named Condoleezza Rice…
Leaving a wave of controversy in its wake, one of the most visible reminders of the Bush administration’s ties to big oil – the 129,000-ton Chevron tanker Condoleezza Rice – has quietly been renamed, Chevron officials acknowledged yesterday.
“We made the change to eliminate the unnecessary attention caused by the vessel’s original name,” said Chevron spokesman Fred Gorell.
They renamed her the Altair Voyager - shows they have a sense of humour - Altair in astrology is an ill-omened star and portends danger from reptiles...
it is also derived from an arabic phrase for flying eagle and is probably Babylonian.