Category Archives: Media Grabs

Barbie & Ken – America’s Choice 2016

US Elections 2016 Anybody who does not live in a cave and has contact with any media at all cannot avoid being exposed to the circus of the US election campaign 2016. However this year’s spectacle is unlike any other we … Continue reading

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One Photo worth $ 276,753.05

To be precise it was not just this one photo but the one photo opportunity, which lead to this photo and the rest of the coverage of John Key’s last visit to New Zealand troops in Iraq, which cost the … Continue reading

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Rugby, Racing & Royal visit – lets feel good

New Zealand the lucky country ? This week presented New Zealand with all possible goodies at once. On Sunday “we”/”our boys” won the Rugby World Cup for the second time in a row. On Tuesday “our” horse won the Melbourne Cup the … Continue reading

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Media – Branch of the Corporate State ?

“We all more or less hate the media as countless polls about the trustworthiness of various professions show. Journalists always rank at the bottom between politicians and used cars salesmen. But we as a democratic society cannot function without news … Continue reading

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VW emissions scandal: Any surprises ?

Emission Scandal The various emissions standards and testing regimes in the US, EU and individual countries are complex. Like most of us I was only superficially informed by news reports about the VW scandal but not the background and long … Continue reading

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One image to shame our government

One image has shaken us out of complacency So at least we hope. People who do care are deeply shaken. Just watch Naomi Klein this weekend in the Sidney Opera House addressing the Festival of Dangerous Ideas. The battle hardened author … Continue reading

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Ayn Rand’s monsters : Neoliberal-Man

Neoliberal economic theory based on fiction All capitalist market economic theory is based on the existence of an all informed rational creature acting solely in it’s own individual self-interest. Such creature is rather like the mythical unicorn. It does not … Continue reading

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Spies’ PR campaign undone by lies

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War on drugs : The collateral damage

Propaganda vs economic reality Government propaganda from time to time feeds us figures on the war on drugs. We read of the biggest drug haul this year or ever. Just google “drug haul” to get a taste. We read the … Continue reading

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Lurch to the neoliberal right I can’t help it to have the benefit of knowledge and experience, which only comes with age. Unlike everybody under 50 who grew up under the intense ‘greed is good’ indoctrination of the neoliberal Reagan/Thatcher/Rogernomics era … Continue reading

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