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Countries in the world where more that 50% of the population follow a single religion.

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“Dirty Politics isn’t journalism. It’s political activism, enabled by crime. We have to question it”

Hacked this from Farrar’s blog

…Yes, Slater’s blog is nasty and vindictive. So is Martyn Bradbury. So is The Standard. If you think they’re not fed gossip by Labour/Mana-Internet/Greens you’re dreaming. Typically in their case it’s about destroying their own team so no one cares.

What concerns me most is how my colleagues have reported on this so breathlessly. They have repeatedly used the term ‘hacking’ to describe Jason Ede accessing an open website. And accepted without question this idea that it’s like walking through the unlocked door of a private house. It’s not. It’s more like a young Nat heading to the Labour Party’s booth at a university political rally, scanning through their leaflets and finding a clear file stashed in the back marked ‘donors’. Clearly it’s not meant to be there but, well it is. So they read it, take some snaps on their iPhone and humiliate Labour with it, rather than just quietly telling them about the mistake. Politics.

But what is most disturbing about this, is that the majority of media think it’s acceptable to hack Slater’s email and Facebook, for no reason other than that we hate him. Hager even justified the break-in of Mark Mitchell’s office as just how leaks happen. He is an MP. It is unbelievable that anyone can think it’s acceptable, simply because they have opposing politics.

Hager doesn’t want to know where this material has come from. He believes the hacker’s motives aren’t political. For a smart man, at best he is being willingly ignorant. There is no doubt in my mind that Hager is being played. The problem is he doesn’t care. A real journalist would. Read more »

While we’re all distracted, the public service troughs are being topped up

Appears that Andrea Vance managed to turn a government hacked document press release into what resembles some kind of reporting:

New MPs are in line for even higher taxpayer-funded travel and housing perks, after a review of entitlements.

The Remuneration Authority, which sets MPs’ pay, is today set to publish a new determination.

It is understood MPs elected next month can look forward to a Wellington housing allowance of $28,000, up $4000 from the current payment. Ministers can expect $41,000 – or $789 a week – towards their housing costs. The accommodation allowance subsidises the cost of renting or buying a house in Wellington if the MPs are from out of town.

“It is understood” = someone leaked this to Andrea before the actual release.

As well as free travel, the spouses, partners or children of MPs will also get 20 free flights a year. However, the independent authority has rejected MPs’ requests that this be raised to 30 flights.

The rules around claiming these flights – when the MP is on parliamentary or ministerial business – have also been tightened.

A plea to boost the amount politicians can claim for hotel rooms in Auckland and Christchurch has also failed. MPs wanted $210 a night, plus breakfast, parking and internet access – but the authority has set the limit at $210, up from $180 a night.

Politicians won’t lose out – they can now claim meals, internet use and parking on expenses. Read more »

Protecting Israel’s civilian population with the Iron Dome

Me with the Iron Dome    Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

Me with the Iron Dome Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

As you may have heard Hamas has broken the ceasefire and launched rockets again at Israel.

Israel is firing back and they won’t ever stop until Hamas gives it up.

Today I went to an Iron Dome battery in the South of Israel near Ashdod. Now you might think I shouldn’t say where it is, but Israelis and media can drive up and park and watch them in operation. They have to stay back 300m, and media can get within 150m.

We were able to get a little closer but had to remain behind the launchers. Still after a few shots we were asked to go back to 150m.

Before we started we were briefed on procedures should an alert be issued. That would require us to shelter behind a small hillock on the leeside from the direction towards Gaza. The rockets in this location fly low and fast and so the hillock would cop it not us.

Fortunately this battery didn’t fire while we were there. The one near Askelon did though. The battery we were at had engaged 4 rockets during the day out of 80 fired from Hamas. Read more »

Photo Of The Day

The luxury ocean liner SS Normandie lies capsized in the icy Hudson River after catching fire while being converted into an Allied troop transport ship on Feb. 9, 1942, New York.

The luxury ocean liner SS Normandie lies capsized in the icy Hudson River after catching fire while being converted into an Allied troop transport ship on Feb. 9, 1942, New York.

Destruction of SS Normandie in 1942 at New York Pier

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Media Hypocrisy

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I’ve not written about this, because it would be like shouting into a storm.  But a reader has put the argument so well, it deserves and airing:

Dear Cam

I think the MSM frenzy over Nicky Hager’s book needs to be considered in light of the MSM’s behaviour over events that took place last year over the GCSB bill , the Henry Report , alleged contact between Andrea Vance and Peter Dunne , the Kitteridge Report , etc .

As would be expected the MSM (with all the usual suspects involved) have completely “lost the plot” over Hager’s “book” and have created  in effect the “Teapot Tapes” saga part 2 with the obvious intention of preventing National from forming the next government . But what is truly astonishing is that the very same people who screamed blue murder over the GCSB bill  , alleged spying on Kim Dotcom and you will recall the leaking of the Henry report to a Fairfax journalist (and the fallout from that) are the very same people who apparently have no issue what so ever with Nicky Hager writing a book based upon private emails which were stolen /hacked from your computer system .

Please find enclosed [snippet above - ed] a copy of the article written by Andrea Vance which was published by Fairfax on 1 August 2013 . You will recall that the MSM at the time were in absolute apoplexy over the fall-out from Andrea Vance supposedly having her movements around parliament being tracked by Parliamentary  Services and the possibility of her phone records having been accessed . Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Coincidence?

This photo is one of 9 West Auckland hoarding sites I saw, and the picture is the same.

All / most other Party signs down, Green Party sign untouched.

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The only logical explanation is a band of National voters trying to make the Greens look bad.  Right?   Read more »

Labour MP sees nothing wrong here [POLL]

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I’ll leave the commenting to you on this one.  I can’t think of anything constructive to say.   Read more »

Compare and Contrast: Book burning the right way [UPDATED]

Florence Kerr hacked some Facebook pages herself:

Rumours doing the rounds on social media yesterday suggested a group of Young Nats in Hamilton might take matters into their own hands and dispose of a large stock of the dreaded book.

It’s not exactly on the same scale as the book burnings of the Nazi regime or the anti-communist McCarthy era but social media was yesterday buzzing with rumours of an imminent book burning at Waikato University.

The head of the Waikato Students’ Union and a former member of the Young Nats is alleged to have bought 202 copies of Hager’s book to burn.

Aaron Letcher has denied the claims, but the leader of NZ First Youth and a Waikato University source, who asked not to be named, said he did.

Letcher said the claims were false.

“There is nothing to it. I saw the allegations on Facebook by a NZ First person”

The Facebook page Letcher was referring to belongs to NZ First Youth leader Curwen Rolinson, who posted: “So apparently, the CNI Young Nats (and, assumedly, the NZ Young Nats) are buying up copies of Nicky Hager’s #DirtyPolitics . . . and burning them.”

The headline?   Read more »