Connect the dots: Leaked document to Vance, Vance gets comment from Norman

Nothing like undermining national security in the name of public interest.

Controversial “temporary” terror law changes to crack down on suspected foreign fighters will come before Parliament this week – and a leaked draft reveals they will be in place until 2018.

Controversial?   Well, at least we know to which mast Andrea Vance is nailing her colours.

Previously unseen proposals would see the passports of wannabe jihadis cancelled while the holders are overseas, leaving them stateless – in a breach of an international ban.

Yes, they were previously unseen because the document was leaked.  You weren’t supposed to see it yet.

And the Security Intelligence Service will be able to request a suspected terrorist be temporarily stripped of their travel documents for 10 working days without providing evidence.

This buys spies time to make a case for restricting travel.

Prime Minister John Key outlined plans to stop Kiwis leaving the country to join the Islamic State earlier this month.

He indicated the changes – which boost surveillance powers and allow passports to be cancelled for up to three years – would have a sunset clause and expire if not carried forward by a review of the intelligence services next year.

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Photo Of The Day

Photograph by Anand Varma; Jacques Brodeur Lab, University of Montreal

Photograph by Anand Varma; Jacques Brodeur Lab, University of Montreal

Parasitic Wasp | Spotted Lady Beetle

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Some more crims show Kim Dotcom just how easy it is to get away

Kim Dotcom has another bail hearing tomorrow but we have an inkling over what it is about because of the restriction on him. Clearly he is believed to be a flight risk.

But that shouldn’t stop him, after all in recent weeks two criminals have absconded and this morning the Herald on Sunday reveals two more have as well.

All this shows that Kim Dotcom should forget about jets and yachts for his escape…he should just get a passport in a false hame, pop a wig on and do a runner that way. Might I suggest he changes out of the black onesie…that is a bit of a give away.

A fugitive couple wanted on fraud and sex charges are believed to have fled the country using false passports.

Kiwi Paul Bennett and Australian partner Simone Wright travelled the length of New Zealand evading authorities, before disappearing four months ago.   Read more »

A word of warning for fools who hate on their former bosses and blab it all over social media

Some people have gone to town on social media, joining in on the kicking of Roger Sutton. You’d have to wonder they have remained silent for so long but only come out of the woodwork now one of their media pals is having a larrup. Probably because they were protecting lucrative troughing contracts at the taxpayers considerable expense flying in and out of Christchurch to share their pearls of PR wisdom.

That course of action though might well be fraught with danger after a recent Employment Court ruling.=

Employees are being warned not to air dirty laundry about their bosses on social media – even after leaving a job – after a former oil company employee was ordered to pay more than $2500 for making disparaging remarks on Facebook.

The case before the Employment Relations Authority has prompted a call for caution from a top Wellington employment law specialist.

The authority heard that in May last year Kristel McLeod received a “substantial” settlement during an employment dispute with Kea Petroleum Holdings Ltd.

In return, she signed an agreement that she would never speak disparagingly of the company or its officers, the authority said.

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My how the Media worm has turned

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My, how the Media worm has turned. The whole time this website was trying to get the message out to the public about Kim Dotcom the media consistently described him in the following ways…

The New Zealand Herald described him like this:

Tycoon could be kicked out of country for failing to disclose conviction.

…troubled internet millionaire Kim Dotcom has found himself kicked off the cloud storage site he founded.

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom will face tougher new bail conditions and make a daily visit to the police for at least the next week.

But the Megaupload founder’s US lawyer, Ira Rothken, has tweeted that both Davison and Simpson Grierson are stepping down from Dotcom’s legal team.

Internet millionaire Kim Dotcom has lost his appeal

Claims by internet mogul Kim Dotcom of a conspiracy between the United States and New Zealand Governments do not have “an air of reality”, a High Court judge has ruled.

One News described him like this:

The internet entrepreneur is in a High Court battle over an attempt to extradite him to the US to face piracy charges.

Internet entrepreneur and Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom was joined by US journalist Glenn Greenwald at the Auckland Town Hall for the ‘Moment of Truth’ which Dotcom predicted would be a “bombshell” just days ahead of Saturday’s General Election.

T.V 3 described him like this:

Immigration NZ (INZ) says it will consider if there is any “liability” to deport internet millionaire Kim Dotcom, after it was revealed he failed to declare a conviction for dangerous driving when he applied for New Zealand residency.

Now however he is being described like this…

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Stupid is as Stupid does [UPDATED]

UPDATED:  We can confirm what the NZ Herald could not

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Some people are just retarded.


A woman caught sitting on a jet ski as it was towed by a truck along an Auckland motorway has been labelled careless and stupid.

The over-enthusiastic jet skier was snapped in a photo by a passing motorist on the North-Western motorway in the area of the inner-city suburb of Newton – where other vehicles passing her could reach speeds of 100 kmh.

The photo has become a viral hit online.

Police spokeswoman Noreen Hegarty rebuked the woman for her life-threatening stunt. ”Stupidity on the roads causes heartbreaks in homes,” she said.

She said the woman and the driver were committing a traffic offence. If police track them down, they risk penalties for dangerous driving and having an unrestrained passenger in tow.

Hegarty said it was unclear when the offending occurred despite the photo going viral last week.

She said police were asking people to come forward and identify the woman.

Organ donors!

 

– Fairfax

Now Egypt is sick of Hamas’ tunnels of terror

Israel launched an operation to stop rocket attacks, and to destroy the tunnels that Hamas was building under the border in order to attack Israel.

Now Egypt is moving against Hamas tunnels…and they aren’t anything like Israel.

Critics who think Israel is taking a heavy-handed approach in destroying Hamas terror tunnels should see what Egypt has in mind.

Facing the same type of underground routes out of Gaza that allowed terrorists to mount attacks on Israel, Egypt is considering creating a huge, 1,000-meter buffer zone in the Sinai Peninsula – they have already evicted 10,000 people in the process of clearing the first 500 meters — and digging a deep-water trench that would flood any future efforts to carve subterranean routes for smuggling weapons and terrorists in and out of Gaza. And unlike the fierce resistance and international public relations campaign Hamas mounted against Israel in August, the terrorist group that governs Gaza appears to not be seeking a head-on fight with Cairo.

“I don’t think that Hamas is looking for a confrontation with Egypt,” Zvi Mazel, Israel’s ambassador to Egypt from 1996–2001, told FoxNews.com. “They don’t want to put more oil on the fire. After all, Hamas stems from the Muslim Brotherhood — and the presence of the Brotherhood is nowhere in the fight now — so Hamas doesn’t want to speak too loud.”  Read more »

Do you have ‘Text Neck’?

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Have you heard of ‘text’ neck’?

I hadn’t until yesterday but apparently this is rife now and causing alarming injuries.

I wonder how long before ACC starts to record injuries as being caused by texting.

​Resea​rchers at the National Library of Medicine have just found out that there is an epidemic sweeping America called—and this is possibly the best name for a medical condition since “micropenis”—”text neck”.

Text neck. Text. Neck. It’s when you look down at your phone too much—when walking down the street, perhaps, or when you’re sitting in front of me at the cinema, or at the bar instead of talking—and the weight of your big dumb head plus the Earth’s gravity puts unbearable strain on your neck and spine. The condition can cause muscle strain, pinched nerves, herniated discs, and, over time, even remove your neck’s natural curve. And all because you had to keep an eye on your group text message while someone went through a bad breakup. All because you were taking a screenshot of a fun interaction you had on Tinder.

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Closing Muslims schools: closing the stable door after the horse has bolted?

Things are getting serious when schools stop teaching to the curriculum:

Pupils at six Muslim independent schools could be “vulnerable to extremist influences and radicalisation”, Chief Schools Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned.

In a letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, the head of Ofsted said he believed “pupils’ physical and educational welfare is at serious risk”.

Ms Morgan contacted the schools in Tower Hamlets, London, and warned them they would be closed if they failed to draw up action plans to deal with inspectors’ complaints “within weeks”.

All six schools failed their inspections along with the state Sir John Cass Red Coat Church of England School, in Stepney, which The Independent revealed earlier this week would be criticised for failing to safeguard pupils from Islamic extremism.

Sir John Cass has previously been declared “outstanding”. The school and local authority were also told to draw up an action plan and face an inspection visit within six weeks.

Closing schools would be an extreme move.  That’s a lot of pupils that surrounding schools will need to absorb.  So the impending catastrophe must be quite serious.

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Little’s first challenge: how to arrange his “talent”

He’s putting a brave face on it, but he’s really got very few options.

New Labour leader Andrew Little is not revealing which roles Labour Party members will take, but says there no guarantee they will keep them.

Mr Little says he’s been “having very good conversations with every caucus member” to determine who takes on which role.

However, they may not be the people who take the party into the 2017 election, he told The Nation today.

The party was trying to achieve and fresh look and harness the talent it had.

“I may play the role of the coach and say hey listen lets try some people in new slots. Lets try some combinations, but listen we may well come to review those.”

The party had new members and wanted to try others in senior roles, Mr Little said.

“Lets try them out while we’ve got a bit of an opportunity to do that, but by the end of next year, two years out from the election, lets crystalise who the team will be that will take us charging into 2017.”

“Try them out” is a nice way of saying he’s got no clue, and he’s going to just go with the flow right now.  There are a lot of tensions, lot of expectations, and still some quite unrealistic ambitions that he has to accommodate.  It’s a hospital pass, really.   Who wants to be the leader of a party that had it’s worst defeat in almost a century?   Some of it must be down to poor and worn out talent – but Little doesn’t seem to have the stones to do what it takes and take the rotten apples out of the barrel.

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