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Must see TV: Al Jazeera’s “Taliban Oil” and “The Day Israel Attacked America”

By   /  April 24, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Highly recommended as Must see TV:

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Health care workers pay increase – fair-pay or fish-hooks?

By   /  April 23, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

When it comes to fish-hooks, National has prior ‘form’. Even when National announces an ‘increase’ in social spending, it often takes that funding from other areas. Even special-needs children are not exempt from National’s shell-scam, as reported in The Daily Blog in August last year;

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Must hear radio: Radio NZ interviews a neo-con Hawk

By   /  April 15, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

Washington neo-con hawk, Ambassador Dan Fried, promoting the American imperial hegemonic efforts against Russia and Syria and why expansion of NATO into former Soviet states is a “good thing”.

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Trumpwatch: One minute closer to midnight on the Doomsday Clock

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  61 Comments

Despite a previous poison gas attack in Ghouta, Syria in 2013 – for which the Assad regime was implicated, but not proven – there is little actual firm evidence that the Syrian government was responsible for the gassing at Khan Sheikhoun on 7 April.

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Letter to the editor – Bill English dives head first into the cover-up cess-pool

By   /  April 5, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

What did English expect, a full admission of wrong-doing by New Zealand forces in Tirgiran Valley? A written, signed confession?

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Letter to the editor – Commission of Inquiry, NOW!

By   /  April 1, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

Journalists Hager and Stephenson have presented considerable evidence to back up their investigation findings, including death certificates for those killed in the SAS-led raid.

Bill English has refused to undertake a commission of inquiry for reasons that remain unclear.

Until an Inquiry is held, there exists a cloud of suspicion hanging over the NZDF, and the SAS. This is not good enough, especially as there is ample evidence innocent people may have been killed.

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TV3’s The Project – A Babyboomer lowers the boom

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  24 Comments

If Mediaworks is attempting to cater to Babyboomers, then shite offerings such as ‘The Project’ will not cut the mustard. It is a pale, immature, sickly parody of professional journalism. What else can you call something that is fronted by people whose day-jobs are comedians?

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The Rise and Rise of Daddy State: MSD blackmails NGOs for private data

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

To date, New Zealanders have been mostly apathetic as the government build up it’s ability to spy and store personal information on us. Most of the government’s “targets” have been so-called “terrorists”, immigrants, criminals, student-debt defaulters, and those on welfare benefits or living in state houses.

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2017 – Ongoing jobless tally

By   /  March 19, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

All unemployment data from Statistics NZ should therefore be treated with caution. Unemployment is likely to be much higher than Statistics NZ figures indicate.

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Trumpwatch: The Art of Deflection

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

With the Cult of Hyper Individualism, “taking Personal Responsibility” is the corollary of the “Small State” and reduced government services. The Right demand Personal Responsibility from everyone. (So when an individual ‘fails’, the fault – and responsibility – must lie with him/her, rather than the State’s tilting the playing field toward the rich and the powerful.)

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Trumpwatch: Fake News, Soft News, and Non-News

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  35 Comments

Trump’s mis-use of the term “fake news” – to attack and dismiss as untrue, actual news stories – is a corruption of the term for his own purposes. Trump’s actions, statements, tweets, and behaviour has all received media attention – and quite rightly so. Trump is no longer a private individual and his actions and words are no longer unimportant. As the elected leader of the United States, much of what he says and does will be reported.

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The Mendacities of Mr English: the covert agenda of high immigration

By   /  March 5, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  50 Comments

Bill English was recently caught on-the-spot when challenged why National was permitting high immigration at a time when unemployment was still high, and rising.

Make no mistake, National has opened the floodgates of immigration because it is an easy way to artificially stimulate the economy. This was pointed out in May 2011, by then-Immigration Minister, Jonathan Coleman, who trumpeted the contribution made by immigration to economic growth;

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Election ’17 Countdown: The Promise of Nirvana to come

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

The great mistake made by National is that, at the beginning when they dreamed up these feel-good gimmicks, they set target-goal dates too close to the present. For example, when John Key and Bill English published a document entitled “Better Public Services” in February 2014, issuing a whole raft of target-goals, they set the date for accomplishment at 2017 (for most, though not all).

That left National minister in office only three years later having to explain their failure to achieve their target-goals.

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Trumpwatch: “… then they came for the LGBT”

By   /  February 25, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

In revoking Obama’s order to “allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity”, Trump has made life more difficult for transgendered young people. His decision to allow Jeff Sessions to impose his moralistic agenda to deny transgendered students to be in a safe environment to use bathroom facilities, puts extra stresses on people who are already facing a difficult time in their lives.

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Election ’17 Countdown: Joyce – let the lolly scramble begin!

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

You can tell it’s election year; the lolly-scramble (aka, hint of tax cuts) has begun;

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Must see TV: Al Jazeera’s “Up Front”

By   /  February 19, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on Must see TV: Al Jazeera’s “Up Front”

. . On Al Jazeera’s current affairs programme, “Up Front“;  New York University history professor and expert on fascism Ruth Ben-Ghiat; Shadi Hamid, a senior fellow at Brookings Institution;  senior Haaretz correspondent Anshel Pfeffer, and Martin Quencez, a fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, discuss the rise of Donald Trump and […]

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