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The Saturday Rant – April 4, 2015

April 4, 2015

Media hypocrisy

This is not a new topic, but Adam is incensed by the way that the media have behaved over Labour’s endorsement of Winston Peters in the Northland by-election. After all the past whining about National doing deals with Peter Dunne and with ACT, nary a word of criticism if any over Andrew Little doing the same thing in Northland.

Furthermore, the over the top exultation by some reporters on the night of 28 March was sickening. This was not reporting, it was an out and out demonstration of how many support the opposition.

Vehicle headlights

Why is it that so many vehicle headlights today, even when supposedly dipped are blinding to oncoming traffic? Are they wrongly adjusted? Do drivers not know to dip their lights, especially in urban environments? Why are the prime offenders drivers in 4WDs?

Is sub-editing a lost skill?

This headline from today’s Dominion Post:


Does nobody actually read copy?
























I Want to see the Bright Lights Tonight

March 14, 2015

The great Richard Thompson sings

New York Girls performed by Bellowhead

March 14, 2015

The infectiously exuberant Bellowhead with their rendition of New York Girls


The Saturday Rant – 14 March 2015

March 14, 2015

On a grey Wellington day Adam writes these few lines.

1 The Media

As usual the media gives more time to the oleaginous, septuagenarian than other candidates. The excuse is that Lazarus is a national name. Yet there is little, if any mention, of the fact that the pin-striped one will not be able to deliver on any of his promises. In fact it is this constant lack of any real analysis of issues, and dissection of candidate rhetoric apart from National Bad, anyone else Good that renders the media, with a few exceptions irrelevant.

2 The Greens

The emergence of 2 rational aspirants for the co-leader role in the Green Party regrettably makes it more likely that either Hague or Hughes will get to partner Turei. This means that the Greens are prepared to ditch rationality regarding environmentalism in favour of eco-lunacy. Not unexpected, but good to see it confirmed. Yet again there is little sensible media analysis in this area. Let alone any sensible statements from Turei.

3 Batshit crazy civil liberty groups echo Hager and the Greens

According to UK reports:-

Transcripts have been disclosed of the moment civil liberty campaigners told a Parliamentary committee that terror attacks on the UK are a “price worth paying” to ensure the secret service does not conduct mass surveillance.

Representatives from the groups – including Liberty, Justice and Big Brother Watch – told members that privacy was more important than forms of bulk surveillance.

This is so reminiscent of the nonsense we have been seeing here whre the media foam at the mouth in indignation everytime Saint Nicky writes yet another ‘expose’. Yet the self same media would be equally happy to  attack any government that through meeting all the demands made by people over intelligence enabled a terrorist act. The hypocrisy is sickening


Labour ‘leader’ white ants own candidate

March 9, 2015

As usual the Labour Party says one thing and does another. Andrew Little, the current Labour Messiah and beloved, this month, of our so-called media, yesterday endorsed (damned with faint praise) his party’s candidate for Northland Willow Jean Prime; yet at the same time intimated he would not be unhappy if Labour supporters voted for Lazarus, the septuagenarian leader of the NZ First cargo cult. This is of course after Labour and their media acolytes and fellow travellers have spent much of the last decade railing against National over tactical voting and so called shonky deals. It seems that hypocrisy and double standards are never far from the surface in the Labour Party. Yet we will have to search very hard to find any of the condemnation and vitriol hurled at John Key, by the media and the Greens,  for doing the same in the past as of course when principled leftists do it the issues is quite different and becomes a moral imperative. Bah humbug!!

Adam despairs

March 8, 2015

The so called Fairfax media is on a concerted campaign this weekend to attack John Key and National. Major articles by the usual suspects – Hager, Watkins and Vance shrieking about the way in which we are in peril from the surveillance machine of GCSB.

Corin Dann on Q&A was positively slavering over a Colmar Brunton poll showing Lazarus and Mark Osborne neck and neck at 36%. Now Lazarus has been around for 40 years and Osborne just over a week. Furthermore TV3 had an earlier poll which showed Lazarus at 35% and Osborne at 30%. appears Osborne has gained traction, but our ‘objective ‘ media seem not to have noticed as they spin for Lazarus and exhibit major case of Key Derangement Syndrome (KDS).

Lazarus creeps out of the crypt

March 6, 2015

Like the Walking Dead Lazarus continues to creep about the NZ political scene, fed on a diet of media exposure. The fact that Lazarus has nothing to offer and is a xenophobic ranter is never questioned by the so called media, who give him far more airtime than is justified.

If, God Forbid, the septuagenarian xenophobe wins in Northland, much of his success will be down to a  compliant media who seem to lap up his every word and regard fact checking as something not to be tolerated.

Hell’s bells lat us not reality and fact interfere with the worship of dinosaurs.



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