Tuesday, May 17, 2016

An Open Letter to TVNZ About their Olympic Coverage













Dear TVNZ sports Journalists.

I understand you will be sending a full team
to cover the Olympics, even though Sky has
the rights to show the events.

I hope Andrew Saville and Jack Tame,
cover the Olympics with the respect it
deserves, and more so, with accurate
reporting on what the world's media is
focused on.

Here is what the public doesnt want to
see and hear.

Please don't lie and tell us that the Rugby
Sevens is the most popular sport in the
Olympics.

Please don't lie and say it's Rugby mania
in the Olympic village, and the Sevens player's
are the world's superstars.

Please don't lie and say, Usain Bolt, LeBron
James, Michael Phelps and the other
International sports stars are in awe
of the New Zealand sevens team.

Please don't lie and say, most the
world's media is focused on Rugby
and nothing else.

If your interviewing a Kiwi Cyclist,
a rower, a swimmer, our track and
field team, please ask them questions
about THEIR events, not if they
saw the Rugby Sevens.

Fingers crossed you will be
interviewing the Tall Blacks
and the Tall Ferns.

If your interviewing an overseas
sports person, please ask them
about THEIR events, and not if
they like Rugby.

Do your research (Yes I'm talking to
you Saville) if your interviewing a
a sprinter, ask them questions where
the public might learn something they
don't know.

Yes I know Sevens is going to be a
big part of the Olympics for KIWIS.
But the Olympics is also big for kiwis
who like the GLOBAL SPORTS,
and once every four years we get this
with the Olympics.

So my fingers and toes are crossed, but
because of past coverage, I'm not holding
out much hope.

Please prove me wrong.

Time will tell.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

An Open Letter to 350 Aotearoa












(UPDATE: The group 350 Aotearoa will now
allow the elderly to enter the store, congrats to
them for that)
 
An Open letter to 350 Aotearoa.

We all agree that Climate change is real.

We all agree that Banks should support Business
that are kind to the environment.

We all believe 100% in the right to protest.

We all believe taking up a cause to help the
planet.

But what those handful of protestors did in
Dunedin was downright disgusting.

This wasn't standing your ground, this wasn't
making a point, it wasn't standing up for what
you believe in.

It was self righteous, Narcissistic, over inflated
sense of morality, it's the type of old time protest,
the type I expect from a middle age man who went
straight from high school, to teacher's college, to
teaching at a University, but has never travelled or
even own a passport.

I'm sure you will all be celebrating yourselves , but that
was repugnant. Several elderly people tried to walk into
the bank, you could see this one poor lady struggling,
but of course not one your protesters moved, you
continue to laugh and talk, like she wasn't even there.

Thankfully she didnt fall, but how do you think she felt.

Again, this wasnt standing up for yourself at the picketline.

This was purely a case of Narcissism.

But hey you guys know all about life huh.

Next time, I hope there is a rather large gentlemen
following the lady into the bank, I'm kinda guessing
you will move then.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Danny Morrison: Blackface












Of all the stupid, racist ideas that people can have,
why is Blackface one of them?

Here is Danny Morrison an Ex New Zealand
cricketer, now commentator for the IPL,
thinking it's funny to dress up as a Hindu.

I'm kinda guessing he also put on a fake
Indian accent, thinking it was funny.

Did he think twice before doing this?

Did his bosses have a wee word with him
before him?

Did he think how freakin insulting and dumb it
was?

Was he still stuck in some sort of time warp,
with the sense of humour of  a 11 year old
boy.

His supporters will scream, "It's just PC gone
mad"

No it's not PC gone mad, it's disgraceful that a
person in the year 2016 would think this is
funny.

It's not the least bit clever or funny.

I hope the sports media in New Zealand,
speaks out against this.

But I'm not holding my breath.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Modern Family: Season 7 Episode 20 Review 'Promproposal'












A funny funny episode, ten out of ten, once again
spoiled by the  Disney theme of boys must date
out of their league and girls must date below their league.

Below is part of a post I did on April 7th.

What I'm talking about is what they deem to be success
for a young male and for a female in search of love.

Luke and Manny are nerds, they arent attractive, yet it
would appear they always get the hot girl, and the hot girl
is always good for them, the stories are written like, this
is what success should be for a young teen male.

Yet the two main young female actresses, well success for
them is to not to date the hot guy, but to infact date way way
below their league.

 

So why is Modern family doing this? Why are they falling
into the kinda creepy Disney trap of making boys being more
successful and making success about how good looking your
girlfriend is, but doing the exact opposite for the girls?

Can someone tell me? Or am I reading too much into it??

 

Are the male writers living out some sort of unfulfilled fantasy?
Just think about it, there is no way Modern Family will have Luke or
Manny dating a girl that is unattractive, but they have no problem
with Hayley or Alex dating a boy that is unattractive?

 

Is this some sort of weird sexism???
 

Personally I think its kinda ruin the show. 
  
Again, Modern Family did the same theme tonight, the
hot girl asked out Manny and the hot girl  said yes to
Luke. Yet Alex ended up with Ruben, the Nerd.

There is no way that this series will ever have Manny and
Luke date a girl that is overweight or unattractive and that
is disgusting and it's sexist and it's ruining the show for me.

Just for once, I would love to see Manny or Luke hook
up with a nice girl that isn't considered to be hot, but
this is Disney "an elite boys club" and it anit ever
going to happen.

What a horrible message to all teenagers.

Other than that the show was funny, but boy oh boy
it's going to wreck the legacy of the show.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Ted Cruz is Gone












Today is a day to celebrate around the world.

The biggest threat to Gay and Lesbian and Transgender
rights, has been defeated.

The biggest threat to peace has been defeated.

The biggest threat to woman's rights has been defeated.

The biggest threat to  climate change has been defeated.

The biggest threat to Choice has been defeated.

The biggest threat to Health Care has been defeated.

The biggest threat to common decency has been defeated.

The biggest threat to civil rights has been defeated.

Ted Cruz is the  most dangerous
politician alive today.

His hatred for anyone who isn't a straight male
Christian is beyond belief.

His views on the gay community, his views on woman,
his views on rape, his views on teens, belongs in the
middle ages not 2016.

Ted Cruz would've been the first person to burn a
person at the stake in the middle ages for being a witch.


I guarantee you, right now he is blaming his PR team,
the public, the media for his defeat.

Worst of all, he will be blaming his wife and his kids for
not supporting him enough.

That so called accidental elbow and punch after his
defeat today, would've been purposely done, he
needed someone to take out his frustrations on.

This Narcissist, self righteous, privileged, sense of entitlement
he has, just makes my skin crawl.

Bible in one hand, preaching to his followers, how decent he is,
well Ted Cruz, a decent person don't have such hate in
them for anyone who is different.

The mental gymnastics that the religious right must do to
support him  is staggering.

So we are now left with Trump versus Hillary.

The world is hoping that it's Hillary.

I'm hoping that it's Hillary.

The first Woman president will be an amazing
President.

Fingers and toes are crossed.

Time will tell.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Biggest Upset in Proffesional CLUB Sports History














Well done to Leicester City.

Surly this has to be one of the biggest sporting
upsets in Professional sports history.

In terms of a proffesional club competition, I
cant think of one bigger.  A team at 5000 to
1, wins the EPL, simply Brilliant.

World Cups, and Olympics, have seen there fare
share.  The Miracle on Ice, NewZealand men's
Basketball team making the semi final of the
Basketball Champs come to mind.

In terms of  a club comp, this has has to be number one,
and not just a club comp, but the EPL.

I hope the fans are still celebrating, and I hope the
players and coaching staff, and all those involved
are celebrating.

They deserve this.

Well done!


Steven Adams: Game Two












Every Kiwi must of loved this.

Game two of the Conference Semi Finals, The Thunder
needing the win, after losing Game one.

Spurs passes the Ball to their Aussie player Patty Mills,
wide open for three, and as takes the shot, THE BIG
KIWI, Steven Adams comes from no where and makes
the little Aussie throw up a air ball.

Adams tried to get back to the loose ball, but was hold
back by a fan. Didn't matter though, because the Thunder won!

He had 17 Rebounds in the game, and 12 points,
but it was his heart and his courage that won the
game for the Thunder tonight.

Let that be a lesson to all Aussies, you never
try to get one over a Kiwi, you just cant win.

THUNDER UP!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Jesse Watters: A.K.A 'Ambush Guy' gets Taste Of Own Medicine















The creepiest guy in Journalism today, Fox
News's Jesse Watters got a taste of his own
Medicine at the after party of the White House
correspondence dinner.

The Huffington Post's, Ryan Grim noticed, Jesse
and decided to give him a taste of his own medicine.

You see Jesse Watters in the guy who is known for
Ambush reporting, he will chase people down the street,
chase them into elevators, stick a camera in their face and
falsely accuse them of all sorts of crimes.

He also edits his ACTUAL interviews in a way to spin
the story so it suits the political Ideology of Fox and makes
the interviewee look bad.

He is extremely Narcissistic and self righteous, worse of
all he is passive aggressive, always smirking when he
is bullying, the people he bullies are normally, people
who dont  fight back, Homeless, Transgender,the poor
and minorities.

Well Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post decided to give
him a taste of what it's like to be bullied.

He noticed Jesse Watters, so he  decided to take out his cell
phone and he started  filming  Jesse, the hypocrisy of Jesse
was that he shouldn't be filmed, so he stole Ryan's phone
and wouldnt give it back, a scuffle broke out, punches
were thrown.

The mental Gymnastics that Jesse Watters must do, to
think he can bully people for so, but when someone tries
to film him, that is wrong????

How can one person be so far away from reality, be so
thin skinned?, but I guess it's not a point of being thin
skinned, it's being so so self righteous to a point that
you think your well, for lack of a better phrase above
the Law.

Watter's will go on  Bill Oreilly and the spin will
start there. 

But the fact that this guy is allowed to do what he's
done for so so long it's a disgrace.

He will never be self aware, he believes he has
privilege and will be allowed  to continue his
behavior.

And that is disgusting.

I guess that is why Fox News Loves him.

Decent people dont though. 


Sunday, May 1, 2016

I Call Shenanigans












I call Shenanigans on one particular New Zealand
Blogger.

This blog itself, (My Blog)  is read by very few people.

Quality not Quantity is my theory.

Well it's the only theory I can  have when you
get around  30 hits a day. According to
Open parachute its only 10 hits a day, but
according to  my own stats counter, their
numbers are wrong.

But I have to call Shenanigans, on the numbers
for one particular Blogger who shall remain nameless.

Yes they also write for a particular large publication
online and one in print, but if  Nate Silver and his
site fivethirtyeight, were to do a complete
analytical study of that particular site, I'm sure
they would call Shenanigans too.

How they are committing Shenanigans, I'm not sure,
various websites lists their numbers as way way
lower, than the ranking site Open Parachute, so
I don't think I'm reading the numbers wrong.

Also they seem to have had a 100% jump in a
month, yet very few posts.  They also seem to
be quite consistent in the number of hits they
had per month, for the past months, Call me a conspiracy theorist,
but to have such a big jump over one month with
only a few posts,  is at least highly unusual.

Maybe one of their loyal followers, have been
hitting refresh so many times over, to make it
look like they have a huge increase in followers,
thus sending them up the rankings.

This though is more sinister if they are looking
to sell advertising space. I don't visit their site
often, the subject matter doesn't interest me,
but as a Stats and Numbers nerd, the numbers
interest me, and knowing how they use to
write in the past, I wouldn't put it past them
to be involved in Shenanigans.

Also a very very similar site seems to almost
have an identical numbers of hits.In fact the
statistical difference between the two pages,
similar topics is only 0.2%

Perhaps I'm too cynical, the numbers
though seem more weird than Florida
in 2000 and Ohio in 2004.

And this person once, did a copy and
paste from something I wrote in this blog,
posted to their OLD blog, without a link
to my blog  or credit, I called them on copyright  and
they thought it was funny, and they wrote, Maybe don't
 say stupid things  on it  and it won't come back to bite you in the ass?


Yet they have the nerve to be complaining about copyright
on Twitter and  have been quite vocal about
the subject with their disgust on this practice.

It's sheer Hypocrisy. In fact it's Hypocrisy in
the extreme.

So I stand by my call of Shenanigans.

(Update: well I have great timing, just announced
by that Blogger, is they've signed a book deal with
Penguin Publishing. It's Unbelievable that a
Hypocrite who complained about copyright
and would publish other people's material
without credit, would get a book deal. Unbelievable that
someone who for nearly ten years online would
verbally abuse other people, yet claim they're
the ones that are being bullied)

I guess this now will have to be the last time, I will
make reference to this Blogger turned writer.

But hey they're living their dream with a book deal,
so congrats to them for that.

All I have to say is, Oh Mother Dear, Mama Mia,
and Dear Mama.

And all I got to say to them personally
(not that they will ever read this)
 for all the abuse you use  to give out to people...

I am grateful, now well you know the rest.





Thursday, April 28, 2016

New Zealand Herald: 'Shes Got Game' Series



















The New Zealand Herald, New Zealand's leading
newspaper is doing a series of reports on Women's
sport.

This blogger thinks its about time too.

Women's sport doesn't get a  fair deal in this country,
unless you play Netball or Rugby Sevens or your name
is Lydia Ko.

There is one sport that is the second most competitive
team sport on earth, and we have our National Team
in that sport about to try and qualify for the Olympics,
they've never gotten any amount of significant coverage
from the  media, they're the Tall Ferns and they play, Basketball.

I find it quite ironic, that the New Zealand Herald's piece
is called 'shegotgame' a saying taken from Basketball, yet
that is a sport that our Women's team has had such an
obscene lack of coverage.

There is hope, a  tweet sent out from a  NewZealand
Jounro on Twitter said the Tall Ferns will be part of the
agenda, and I should hope so.

It's hard to explain to non Basketball people, how huge
the sport of Women's Basketball is globally, it's just not
a Commenwealth sport or played seriously just  by a few
countries. To be successful at Women's basketball
internationally,  is just so so difficult because of the
amount of countries that play it, and  the near Billions
that are poured into the game, The Tall Ferns get no
funding from HPSNZ and that is a outrage.

Then wealth of opportunities that playing
Basketball can give young women is
amazing, from College Scholarships,
to the WNBA, to the proffesional leagues
in Europe, Asia, South America, the
MiddeEast.

Our young Kiwi women should be told of
the superstars that play the game, like
Brittney Griner and Breanna Stewart,
they should also be made aware of our
own Kiwi Stars like Kalani Purcell and
Erin Rooney.

It's only then, that our young players will
have someone to look up too and inspire
to be.

I'm hoping this article by the New Zealand
Herald, when it comes time for the Herald
to do their piece, will mention these things,
 because we have a great great for Women in this
 country and it's called Basketball.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Beyonce & Garth Brooks: Two Different Approaches from the Album Artists















Let me make one thing clear.

In music the Album is king. Nothing
comes close to the Album.

No matter what Technology there is out
there, nothing is better than holding a
physical copy of a album.

Justin Bieber may have the most followers
on youtube. One Direction may have the
most followers on Instagram. Taylor Swift
may have the most followers on Twitter.

But it's the Album that Matters.

Two artist's have always respected the Album, those
artists are Beyonce and Garth Brooks.

One is taking the Right approach in terms of an
Album, one is making many mistakes and seems
to be stuck in a time wrap.

What Beyonce has done is nothing short of Brilliant,
it's on a level with Bowie or Prince. It's not just the whole
concept of the album, it's her teaming with the right
Partners, it's having the foresight to know that you
don't do  a cheap public buildup, you can just drop an
Album on the public, without them knowing one was
coming.

You have a TV special that isn't run of the Mill, you
create a piece of work that will memorize people,
that will get them to think, that will truly open your
soul up to the public and have a message.

You then take the top companies on the Planet,
and make it available that people can stream the
album.

Then and more importantly a week or two later you
make the  Album available to download from the world's
biggest site and then most importantly you make a physical
copy available.

The music will take care of itself, if it's genuis, it will
sell.

This is what Beyonce has done and hats off her for it.

Then we have Garth Brooks.

An artist who's world tour is selling more tickets than
any other artist on the Planet, an Artist who dominated
the 90's on Radio and at retail, and a artist who's comeback
has been filled with so many unforced errors, if he was a
Basketball coach, he would be coaching a division 3 side.

First there is the delay because  of a fried Phone. Garth lost his  music
 on a phone that he fried.

Then there is the announcements of announcing other announcements
coming up.

Then the biggest Gaff of all, Ghost Tunes, the biggest disaster  since
New Coke, Garth had actually thought this company was going
to rival ITunes, not even close, there are download sites from
Albania that are doing better.

Then he decided that youtube was the devil, and he has taken
down scores and scores of videos from fans, filming him in
concert.

When he released the brilliant album Man against Machine,
(the anti Bro Country) as I called it, he pulled all marketing
because of the protests happening around the country at
the time.

He also made the mistake of releasing the two weakest
singles, and then nothing else.  People had expected a double
album for his comeback, the Album itself only had 14 songs.

Now we have another delay for the new album, (it was due for
release in mid 2015) This album may not be released this year.

He's made another annoucement, saying he's going bring
in the fans on the construction of the album from song
writing sessions and recording on Facebook.

This should have the music world excited, but it also
should have his fans worried, because it might end being
cheesy.

Garth Brooks has such a huge and important body of
work, but he's lacking that one Career album that will
earn him universal respect.  I wish the Album that
he is working on will be a concept album, something
like Beyonce's that open's him up to what he is feeling,
he's already got a handful of brilliant albums with
amazing country music, but it's the Country Concept
Album that could take him to a whole different level.

Garth has to release though, to do this, you need the
right partners in Music, and Ghost Tunes, Facebook videos,
delays after delays, no streaming isn't going to cut it in 2016.

The music will always take care of itself, if he has the
courage to do a concept album, he also needs to have
enough commonsense to do it the RIGHT way.

In terms of his comeback so far, he hasn't come close.

Here's hoping he will.

Time will tell.














Monday, April 25, 2016

'Nelson Giants' Lose to 'Canterbury Rams'



















The Nelson Giants have lost to the Canterbury Rams
by 96-85 after one of the worst coached Third Quarters
in NBL history.

The Nelson Giants are now 6-6 and struggling to be
in playoff contention, while the Canterbury Rams
move to 7-4 and are looking good.

Make no mistake, the game was lost for four  reasons.

1: Coach Tim 'Ten Hands'  Fanning who decided the
best option in the third quarter would be to make sure
all five players touch the ball, and no one would shoot
until there was four seconds left on the shot clock. Well
a shot clock anit compulsory Tim. You dont have to
use all 24 seconds before you shoot.

2: Transition Defense. Ya Gotta get back, so many
layups for the rams was because no one got back on
D.

3: Raymond Cowels 111  was amazing, 34 points,
he was all heart, but with around 2.30 on the clock
when Nelson had cut it to six, he hesistated and didn't
shoot for three. That moment ended Nelson's comeback.

4: Nelson played with heart for the first half, but what
summed up their second half performance was a cheap
foul by the Rams near the end of the game and none
of the Nelson team reacted, they should've been all
over the Refs and the Rams players on that one.

So it's do or die time this Saturday, if the Giants don't
win, their playoffs chances might as well be over, a win
and it's back on!!

My fingers are crossed, Time will tell.

Footnote: It was Phil Jones's 400th game. The
most by any NBL Player.

Well done!!