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William Harley and Arthur Davidson with their motorcycles in 1914

William Harley and Arthur Davidson with their motorcycles in 1914

The Harley-Davidson Motor Company Founded: 1901

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So Hager lied about not knowing who the hacker was

Nicky Hager’s story about the book keeps on changing.

When he launched the book he denied knowing the hacker, then he said he handed back the data to the hacker he denied knowing.

And now he says they are good friends…and he knows him well.

But it was Hager’s discussion of his new book which captivated the audience.

He described tracking down the hacker who attacked Slater’s IT system and spending weeks convincing him to share his information.

Hager promised he would ensure the information release was ‘‘something more lasting and of bigger value’’ than the hacker’s planned Twitter dump.

He said knowing the source of information and their motives for releasing it was essential.

‘‘I know him [the hacker] well now, and I trust him,’’ he said. ‘‘His motivation was that Cameron Slater was a bastard and we’ll do him over.’’

‘‘The reason he attacked him was he thought he was a p****.’’

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What’s worse: the destruction of a nuclear bomb, or the destruction of society through socialism?

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We all know that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed in August 1945 after the explosion of atomic bombs. However, we know little about the progress made by the people at that exact location during the past 65 years.

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How’s that global warming and ice free Arctic going?

We were told by “scientists” that by 2012 the Arctic Ocean would be ice free due to global warming.

So now we are two years past that prediction how is it actually going?

It is nearing the end of the northern hemisphere summer, and Arctic sea ice isn’t anywhere near melting clean away as the likes of Al Gore once claimed.

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Hager’s troughing trip

Has anyone noticed this:

New Zealand’s exhibition for the 56th Venice Biennale 2015 will be housed in the grand salon of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, one of the finest buildings in Venice and home to priceless works of cartography, art and literature.

New Zealand sculptor and installation artist Simon Denny, who will be exhibiting at next year’s Biennale, says the Marciana Library will provide a rich context for his work. “The exhibition will address the intersection of geography and power, and the ownership of knowledge, so this pioneering library will provide an enriching and highly relevant context for the work.”

New Zealand Commissioner for the 2015 Venice Biennale, Heather Galbraith says securing the Marciana Library is a coup for New Zealand. “It is located in the Piazzetta San Marco, in the heart of Venice. Designed by Jacopo Sansovino, the building is exquisite—a significant visitor destination in its own right. The Marciana Library holds many treasures including an exemplary early map of the world by fra Mauro (1448–53), which Simon’s project takes into consideration as it offers a parallel mapping of world power.”

Creative New Zealand has also announced additional team members to assist with New Zealand’s Biennale presentation. Read more »

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Impertinent questions

Are David Cunliffe, Chris Hipkins and others really asking for a full inquiry into Dirty Politics?

A FULL inquiry?

Have they forgotten the hacker only provided emails damaging to the National Party?

Have they forgotten all my emails were stolen, also those damaging to everyone else?

Don’t they think I would be part of a FULL inquiry?

Do they expect me to protect all my sources, as a journalist?

How much are they hoping that Judge Asher declares that I am a journalist and media so that I CAN protect my sources with privilege?

Or do they expect me to tell everything?

Are we going to see more pre-emptive articles in the NZ Herald, this time from left politicians and staff?

How are things in the war room?

NZ First is a racist party. No it’s not. Yes it is. Eh?

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On page 3 of Bay of Plenty Times (28 August) the NZ First candidate is quoted saying, “The only parties we won’t work with are ones with race based policies …”

On the same page, in the article below, the NZ First leader repeated his criticism of foreigners buying NZ land and assets.

Isn’t a foreigner typically someone from a different race or ethnic background? Wasn’t Winston’s recent outburst over the Lochinver sale because the buyers were Chinese?   Read more »

Message of support

From the mail bag

By the way, despite all the haters out there, I and many others continue to enjoy your site. We dont have to like or agree with everything you say – but it is a good platform for you and many others to have their say about whatever is topical at the time.

At times discussions, expressions and sentiments may get a bit carried away, but that is what we should all be able to enjoy in NZ, the freedom of speech and the right to express a view despite how others may view it. It seems the liberal left no longer regard freedom of speech as a a cornerstone of our society and want comments that express a view politically opposed to theirs shut down.

Never mind that they can shout obscenities at the Prime Minister or create songs depicting a despicable act on his daughter – that is not “dirty politics” because it was one of their own saying it. They have such different rules it is laughable. Read more »

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The Amazing Contortions of the NZ Herald and other journalists

David Farrar points out the utter hypocrisy of the media:

This is the e-mail released by the PM’s Office. Obviously it has impacted Judith Collins, but if you read the whole thing you’ll see it backs something I have said consistently.

Cameron deals with a huge range of people, including Labour MPs, Green MPs, and almost every media organisation in NZ. The book only showed you his interactions with people associated with National, but this e-mail includes media contact with no less than four different journalists. One specific quote:

I am maintaining daily communications with Jared Savage at the Herald and he is passing information directly to me that the Herald can’t run and so are feeding me to run on the blog.

Now let me say again that what Cam says in an e-mail is his interpretation of events. I regard Jared Savage as an excellent investigative reporter. But the e-mail does lead to questions being asked. How is media giving Cam stories, different to a press secretary doing so?

Now again what Cam has written is his interpretation. It may not be the literal truth of what Jared was doing. But here’s the thing – you need to be consistent. If you accept everything in the e-mails written by Cam as the literal truth, then the NZ Herald was feeding stories to Whale Oil, which they could not run in their newspaper. If you do not accept those e-mails as the literal truth, then why would you accept the ones about interactions with people in National as the literal truth?

Is the Herald going to say that everything Cameron wrote about his dealings with us is incorrect, yet everything else is correct?

Will other media subject Herald reporters and editors to the same level of inquiry that they have subjected others named in the hacked e-mails to?

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Internet Mana party are stealing an election

Internet MANA, or more likely the Internet Party are starting a new get out to vote campaign called Mobilize.  At first I thought I was nitpicking again given that Mobilize is the US spelling of the word, while Mobilise is the British/NZ spelling of the word, somewhat amusing when you consider the very nasty anti-US stance of many people in Internet MANA.

Once I got past the nitpicking, what I found more interesting was the terms and conditions page of the website. In it, there’s a paragraph about Mobilize working towards seeing if they can offer prizes to people who get the most other people to pledge to vote and/or get the most unenrolled pledgers to enrol, which is skirting around the boundaries of electoral law.

What’s more interesting is as the paragraph goes on, the whole point of Mobilize NZ – a scheme to encourage Internet and MANA members to campaign on their behalf – comes out, as they point out that it is likely that any prizes will only be offered to people who are members of Internet MANA or its component parties at the time that they pledge to vote.

Under privacy they’re also using the emails and details your provide to effectively sign you up to receive newsletters from Internet MANA, along with the usual encouragements to vote.

So while they profess to be all about getting people to pledge to vote, in reality they’re simply out to collect email addresses to send their newsletters to and to incentivise Internet MANA members to push this campaign for them.

Wonder what the Electoral Commission will make of it.  Seems awfully close to treating once again.

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