Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Circumstance and coincidence

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  • Myles Thomas, in reply to nzlemming,

    Yeah yeah. 30 odd years is a trend of non-military GGs. Strange to change back but not conclusive of anything, just unusual.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 130 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Myles Thomas,

    Yeah yeah. 30 odd years is a trend of non-military GGs. Strange to change back but not conclusive of anything, just unusual.

    Meh. 30 years is the blink of an eye in governance terms.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • Brent Jackson, in reply to nzlemming,

    Yeah. Our politicians are always planning things for a 30 year time frame. Oh ... hang on ... where did that extra zero come from ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 615 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    A2 Brutus?
    We direly need some Dairy air fresheners...

    Spin doctors used by Prime Minister John Key and the National Party have been employed by a dairy industry giant to try to undermine one of New Zealand's most successful businesses across the Tasman.
    Global milk giant Parmalat engaged heavyweight public relations lobbyists Crosby Textor to discredit the science behind a2 milk and damage its successful Kiwi rival, the A2 Corporation.

    ...it's all very Game of Thrones isn't it?

    Why, just imagine if someone viscerally interested in other people and businesses' intellectual property or metadata as well as secrets and weaknesses had access somehow to a sub rosa surveillance system so vast as to defy defining, imagine if venality was rampant, life was cheap, money no object...
    Then add all the exotic names: Oravida, Parmalat, Fonterra, Synlait, Criss Cross Crosby Textor...

    Imagine...
    What a show!

    ...and this is just in the Dairy aisle!

    Now imagine...
    what cans of worms could be dug up in the Mixed Arable Cropping sector*
    - a rich field of dreams, and food for thought for future TV dramas...
    Hmmm, OrganoPhosphate mutations, big machinery, inbreeding, a veritable bucolic cornucopia!
    Ka-Ching!

    Forestry has been done, but surely it's time for a remake of Pukemanu ?


    *Canterbury did lose a lot of seed crops this year...
    we can't afford to do that too often,
    just hope no one notices how vital we are...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7902 posts Report Reply

  • william blake,

    Aptly A2 milk contains 2% nicotine and up to 14% ethanol.

    Since Mar 2010 • 380 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to william blake,

    Re A2 - There is a farm near Feilding where you can buy unpasteurised A2 milk. You buy a refillable glass bottle and fill it up as required for about $2 a litre. It is full cream so I found it a bit fatty. But it is apparently very popular with the locals and I know of autistic and other people with sensitive digestions who can tolerate it better than normal milk.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3208 posts Report Reply

  • Chavez 4 Ever,

    The West has been idiotically opening up their spy networks to uneducated public scrutiny, and NZ is more open than most... they are supposed to be secret info-gathering networks !!

    We've had better longterm success in high-jacking democracy and squashing the Right by keeping all our personnel, networks and information dead secret. And quickly silencing anyone who uncovers anything as well.

    christchurch,nz • Since May 2014 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Chavez 4 Ever, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Well written... Centralise agriculture !!!

    christchurch,nz • Since May 2014 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • Chavez 4 Ever, in reply to william blake,

    We put 5% cocaine too...
    Improves brand loyalty

    christchurch,nz • Since May 2014 • 4 posts Report Reply

  • william blake, in reply to Chavez 4 Ever,

    Ah A2+

    Since Mar 2010 • 380 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to william blake,

    14%?
    burn it

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19699 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    We direly need some Dairy air fresheners...

    Spin doctors used by Prime Minister John Key and the National Party have been employed by a dairy industry giant to try to undermine one of New Zealand's most successful businesses across the Tasman.
    Global milk giant Parmalat engaged heavyweight public relations lobbyists Crosby Textor to discredit the science behind a2 milk and damage its successful Kiwi rival, the A2 Corporation.

    ...it's all very Game of Thrones isn't it?

    Yet another case of Don't Innovate, Propagate!

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5428 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Propagate!

    What? another scandal?

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason, in reply to william blake,

    Formally unannounced in USAF FK-U1, but not caring to hide his presence is heavy handed and militaristic.

    I think that callsign/model number/ FK-U1 is wrong. Surely it is FK-U2.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    What? another scandal?

    Not impressed with The Justice Wylie on this decision. More suppression. Where the hell have our rights gone? I'd be right pissed at the mo if I was TV3.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Agreed. If Banks was silly enough to pick out ear wax his and eat it in front of a TV camera, I'd say run with it. Disgusting habit!

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1392 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Alfie,

    I saw the clip on the night and he appeared to scratch the back of his ear then nibble something so it did look pretty gross, but if that's what happened so be it, to then turn around and disqualify TV3 from airing any more footage is severe. It's not their fault Banks has dirty habits. It wasn't doctored footage.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Golden Earring... or Gold Finger?

    disqualify TV3 from airing any more footage

    He can get his foot in his ear, as well?

    I think it was because
    the judge thought TV3
    was All Out of Love
    with that 'ear supply' clip

    ;- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7902 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    Ho Hum - John Key and John Banks having the victim card played on their behalf by Plunket on Radio Live - one for suffering a candle light vigil and the other for being outed as some one you picks his own cerumen and eats it.

    I have it on good authority – the best – actually my own - that John Banks whilst previously cleaning his ears with a vacuum cleaner had inadvertently sucked his brain out - what Banks was up to in court today was actually picking off bits of his brain, which he now keeps in his jacket pocket, chewing them up and the and stuffing them back into his head via his the ear canal.

    Best call of the day was a geezer who rang up and said, “He doesn’t like John Minto but supported what he did re the vigil as John Key deserved it on account of the people he knows that where shifted on from state houses who have died as a result of stress or committed suicide.

    Nicky Kaye has also earnt a vigil – National and death sentences - must make them feel incredibly strong.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1224 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to DexterX,

    Nicky Kaye has also earnt a vigil – National and death sentences – must make them feel incredibly strong.

    Along with |their indiscriminate removal of tenants and feeling
    soo strong, they have also announced We don’t want you to have a baby jobseeker

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Not impressed with The Justice Wylie on this decision. More suppression. Where the hell have our rights gone? I’d be right pissed at the mo if I was TV3.

    Media do not have an automatic right to record anything and everything that happens in our courts. Indeed, there is a lot that they're forbidden to record by the general court rules for media coverage (pg 74-76) unless the presiding judge rules otherwise. It's forbidden to use footage other than in the programme or on the website nominated in the request for media access, for example, or to use it for promo or trailer footage. Pretty sure that those rules were broken by this clip.

    It's called contempt of court.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Key - putting the 'awful' in lawful
    Key can just be thankful that when protestors in NZ serve notice of intention to 'prosecute' for peace, they tend to leave the house intact and limbs still attached.

    For them engagement means talking,
    not raining hellfire from on high!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7902 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    The footage came from TVNZ. They share and that's what they were given on the day.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Those rules for still photographs also look like the shot of Amanda Banks in the witness box yesterday would also be in breach of the rules. Why haven't the Herald been called on that?

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    The footage came from TVNZ. They share and that’s what they were given on the day.

    Yes, and I'm sure that TVNZ's editorial staff forced TV3 to run footage that was outside the rules that the judge (who apparently said no footage from outside the first 15 minutes of the day can be used) and the courts generally have applied to the media coverage of this trial.
    Saying "But, but, TVNZ supplied it" is a cop-out. TV3's editorial staff made the decision to use it, knowing the rules. They're in trouble for breaking the rules, and TVNZ are not despite being the source of the footage. Taking the footage is allowed provided the rules about how it's taken are followed. It's the use thereafter that's got TV3 in trouble.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

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