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Matt McCarten’s manners – the stress is showing

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Normally I’d let this slide, but having worked for a number of years in the service industry to put myself through university, what I saw this morning really disappointed me. Read more »
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Brittany Raleigh sums up how most Kiwi’s think about Kim Dotcom and his attempts to evade justice and his attempted hijacking of our elections. I ask valid questions about a crime, and get accused of rape culture. Dotcom jokes about killing prostitutes and makes rape jokes and no one says a thing. Kim Dotcom admitted yesterday to everything. ¬† Read more »

ISIS beheads another innocent journalist

ISIS has beheaded another journalists, this time it is US journalist Steve Sotloff.

An internet video posted online purported to show the beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group, which called it retribution for continued US airstrikes in Iraq.

Sotloff, 31, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, had last been seen in Syria in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley.

Dressed in an orange jumpsuit against the backdrop of an arid Syrian landscape, Sotloff was threatened in that video with death unless the US stopped airstrikes on the group in Iraq.

In the video distributed and entitled “A Second Message to America,” Sotloff appears in a similar jumpsuit before he was purportedly beheaded by an Islamic State fighter.

The Associated Press could not immediately verify the video’s authenticity. The SITE Intelligence Group, a US terrorism watchdog, first reported about the video’s existence.

The fighter who beheads Sotloff in the video called it retribution for Obama’s continued airstrikes against the group in Iraq. ¬†¬† Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Philippe Halsman: Dali Atomicus, 1948

Philippe Halsman: Dali Atomicus, 1948

Halsman and Dali Playing

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David Fisher: Genius

David Fisher’s latest article where he continues to deal with a criminal and write about criminally obtained private e-mails is a cracker.

Using his highly honed Journalistic senses he has read my post on Whaleoil and has quoted my words as Cam’s words.

Genius.

Cam and I are close David but we are not the same person.

My opinions are mine alone.

However what else can we expect from the likes of Fisher?

David Fisher falsely quoting my words as belonging to Cam

David Fisher falsely quoting my words as belonging to Cam

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Luvvie bludgers looking to bludge some more

What is it with the movie industry?

Always with their hands out for more taxpayer dosh to subsidise their already incredibly subsidised bludging lifestyle.

The film-makers behind Once Were Warriors are asking the public for half a million dollars to get another movie off the ground – and will reward investors with a stake in the production.

The team behind the classic Kiwi movie – including director Lee Tamahori and producer Robin Scholes – will also helm The Patriarch, with actor Temuera Morrison taking a starring role.

The adaptation of Witi Ihimaera’s 1994 book Bulibasha: King of the Gypsies is due to begin pre-production here in December, Scholes said.

It will be Tamahori’s first New Zealand film since Once Were Warriors. ¬†¬† Read more »

Hands up who wants to trust an “expert panel”?

David Cunliffe says that Labour will make sure there is an “expert panel” who will determine whether or not the house you are selling is your residence, before applying the capital gains tax.

Key said National would release its fiscal plan next week but reiterated any tax cuts would be modest and aimed at low and middle income earners.

He hammered the point that Labour would add five new taxes and tried to reprise the “show me the money” moment from his 2011 debate against Phil Goff asking Cunliffe if his capital gains tax would apply to houses in trusts.

But Cunliffe avoided answering, turning the topic instead to Labour’s broader tax plan. His advisers told media in the break that the tax would not apply to the family home if it was in a trust.

Speaking to media after the debate, Key clarified his attack on Cunliffe regarding Capital Gains Tax applying to family homes that were owned by a trust.

“My read of the [Labour policy] is that if you own a family home and it’s in a trust, under Labour you will be subject to a capital gains tax because that policy says that you don’t pay a capital gains tax on a family home… if you are the owner/occupier.¬†

“But, of course under a family trust the trust is the owner.

Key said he’d received a “ball park” figure from an unnamed tax specialist that 300,000 Kiwi homes were in trusts. ¬† Read more »

There can be only one…

Lindsay Mitchell comments on the debate last night…and the mention of dirty politics.

On dirty politics: Key reminds people how Mike Williams went looking for dirt on him in Australia. Searching through his tax records. Then he asks Cunliffe directly about bloggers in his own office… “And I will name them if you want me too…” Cunliffe rejoinders there is no equivalent on the Left like Whale Oil. (No. None have anywhere near his readership.)

No left winger will ever overtake me, they would have to work non-union hours.¬† Read more »