Oh look: TPP submissions are now open and possible

First the document was full available and they said it was all done in secret.  

Next they said it was done without any public consultation, and now the public consultation starts.  

The parliamentary committee that’s examining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is inviting public submissions.

The 6000-page text of the controversial 12-nation free trade agreement is in the hands of the cross-party foreign affairs, defence and trade select committee.

It’s open for written submissions and if organisations or individuals want to appear in person they can ask to be heard.   Read more »

Three more of Kelvin’s mates due home in about fifteen years?

Three more people in Australia are in need of some advocacy from the party of the criminals.

Three New Zealanders have been charged with murder in an apparent grisly double homicide being investigated by Australian police.

Shoved in a metal box, shot in the head, then dumped in a dam – that’s the terrifying scenario police fear missing Queensland friends Cory Breton and Iuliana Triscaru endured when they disappeared from the Logan area south of Brisbane on January 24.

The remains of two people were found on Thursday inside a metal box submerged in a dam in the Logan suburb of Kingston.   Read more »

Little can’t trust Hipkins if he’s going to do all the education stuff himself

Andrew Little is overriding many spokespeople and is especially interfering in Chris Hipkins’ portfolio areas.

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Labour leader Andrew Little have had a playground spat over the impending closure of one of Christchurch’s schools.

The squabble arose as the Education Minister opened two new primary schools.

Rawhiti School is the culmination of a merger of three damaged eastern suburb’s primaries into one super school.

Ms Parata thinks it’s pretty exciting.

“You can see for yourselves that the community is very proud of what they’ve achieved,” she says. “There’s a lot of recognition of what they’ve had to go through to get to this time and place but they’re facing forward and very excited.”

But while cake was being cut and plaques unveiled in the east, a short drive across town there’s little cause for celebration.   Read more »

Stephen Franks discusses the implications of judges ignoring the law

Stephen Franks is not happy that Justice Edwin Wylie. Yes, the same judge who preferred the perjuries of Kim and Mona Dotcom to the testimony (later proved true) of John and Amanda Banks, decided to by pass the three strikes provision and let a piece of crap walk with a lighter sentence.

The High Court decision in Kingi, delivered today, is that it would be manifestly unjust to apply the three strikes requirement of life without parole to a murderer warned of that likelihood in sentencing for robbery only a few months before he murdered.

Kingi bullied and robbed an inoffensive old man in public toilets then returned to kill him because he’d failed to show  ‘respect’ when Kingi demanded money, food then his car keys. Kingi of course had plenty of violent form.

So yet another High Court judge rationalises without apology his feeling that he is above the three strikes law. Another insider who considers the law his to determine, expressing the judiciaries’ resentment at being told how to treat standard issue recidivist violent criminals. In my opinion the reasons boil down to nothing more compelling than confidence that they are more virtuous (compassionate at the expense of others)  than elected representatives and the disrespectful people who elect them.

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Labour Rotorua going for Chinese money?

As the Labour Party flip-flops over the TPPA, Labour Rotorua tries to make amends with Chinese voters, perhaps in an attempt to get some money coming back its way. Unfortunately for Tamati people do not forget such smears so easily.

Back in July last year, Tamati wrote in the local newspaper:

The Wang families bought 146 houses, 119 went to Zhang families, 104 to the Li families, 96 to Chens, 86 to Lius, 74 to Yangs and 70 to the Wus and the list goes on. If that was the case here in Rotorua, you can bet there’d be questions being asked. We’re not being racist, we just want to know if all these buyers are New Zealand residents or not.

Among all the comments to come out around chinky-gate this was possibly the most racist and directly targeted at the Chinese community.   Read more »

Whaleoil General Debate

keep-calm-and-don-t-shoot-the-messenger-3Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoil’s daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate you’ll need to register a free Disqus account.

There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.

Face of the day

Colin Craig outside the castle where he works.

Colin Craig outside the castle where he works.

Today’s face of the day has stopped tilting at Windmills for a moment, in order to focus on building an affordable housing development.

Colin works in a castle so I was a bit concerned at what his idea of affordable housing might look like.

Colin Craigs castle office

Colin Craig’s castle office

Luckily, ‘Nicky Hager-style’, I have had some information ‘leaked’ to me on a memory stick (after I tracked down and hounded the hacker and paid him in bitcoins).

I can now exclusively reveal to WO readers a photo of Colin’s prototype affordable home. It was built at a super-secret location with the help of a Green politician and is a truly unique design.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

reify (verb) – To regard or treat (an abstraction) as if it had concrete or material existence.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “make into a thing; make real or material; consider as a thing,” 1854, back-formation from reification, or else from re-, stem of Latin res “thing, object; matter, affair, event; circumstance, condition,” from PIE *re- “to bestow, endow” + -fy.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 12

21No harm comes to the godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

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