City of Christchurch – 1875
It has taken only a day after the announcement of the 2014 election date for the wheels to come off the Left Party Bus
Vernon Small reports
Outspoken Labour MP Shane Jones is set for a ticking off by leader David Cunliffe after speaking outside his portfolio areas and using strong language to attack the Green Party.
At the same time, Cunliffe has appeared to step back from declaring that the Greens would be the first cab off the rank for a post-election deal, saying Labour and NZ First had a substantial amount in common.
At the weekend Jones criticised the number of foreign university students.
Jones, who has been vocal in his attacks on the Greens and is seen as preferring a deal with NZ First, yesterday called Green oceans spokesman Gareth Hughes a “mollyhawk” for opposing offshore iron ore extraction.
Jones said Hughes was undermining the Environmental Protection Agency by commenting ahead of a hearing to consider an application by Trans-Tasman Resources to mine iron ore from the seabed off the west coast of the North Island.
The Greens’ activist stance was inappropriate for a government-in-waiting, Jones said.
Jones doesn’t have time for the grandstanding that the Green Taliban indulge in.
Far from looking like being part of a Government in waiting, the Greens are a slogan driven activist party.
This video is a taste of what is to come…in coming days and weeks.
It contains Kim Dotcom’s own words…and fair use of a previously unreleased song. I expect he will try and use copyright to take this down…that will be hilarious for him to try.
All those journalists, reporters, media organisations, politicians and commentators who have got themselves close to this guy be warned.
Put the popcorn on, pull up a chair and watch and learn.
Len Brownâ€™s henchmen have sent Victor the Cleaner into the offices of Judith Tizardâ€™s dodgy arts funding board, the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board. Â The secret register that would tell us which arts luvvie has taken how many free tickets to which string quartet, new-age play or high-pitched opera is getting the acid.
But the mayorâ€™s people arenâ€™t stopping there.Â Already arts luvvie and helicopter hater Candis Craven (that is her real name) has been forced from left her roles at the New Zealand Contemporary Arts Trust and the Auckland Arts Fair Trust.
The tipline tells us that the announcement was made just before rescue helicopter chairman, Blues owner and all-round good bloke Murray Bolton made his accusations of corruption at the funding boardâ€™s meeting this morning.
Of course, the funding board still hasnâ€™t released its secret register of gifts and inducements.Â It is now saying no register of gifts and inducements even exists.Â Thatâ€™s probably true now Victor has turned up.Â But it still doesnâ€™t explain why the funding board has cut the rescue helicopterâ€™s funding by $1 million and put the money into the orchestra.Â Â Read more »
Michael Mann is going down, exposed as a fraud and charlatan after initiating legal action for defamation against Mark Steyn.
Like many who pursue litigation to protect their reputation it has ended in tears and his reputation in tatters. Now he faces bankruptcy, beaten with his own hockey stick.
Massive counterclaims, in excess of $10 million, have just been filed against climate scientist Michael Mann after lawyers affirmed that the former golden boy of global warming alarmism had sensationally failed in his exasperating three-year bid to sue skeptic Canadian climatologist, Tim Ball. Door now wide open for criminal investigation into Climategate conspiracy.
Buoyed by Dr Ball’s successes, journalist and free-speech defender,Mark SteynÂ has promptly decided to likewise countersue Michael Mann for $10 million in response to a similarÂ SLAPP suitÂ filed by the litigious professor from Penn. State University against not just Steyn, but also the National Review, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Rand Simberg. Ball’s countersuit against Mann seeks “exemplary and punitive damages. ” Bishop Hill blog is running extracts ofÂ Steyn’s counterclaim, plus link.
Mannâ€™s chief undoing in all such lawsuits is highlighted in a quote in Steynâ€™s latest counterclaim:
â€śPlaintiff continues to evade the one action that might definitively establish its [his scienceâ€™s] respectability – by objecting, in the courts of Virginia, British Columbia and elsewhere, to the release of his research in this field. See Cuccinelli vs Rectors and Visitors of the University of Virginia…â€ťÂ Read more »
If David Farrar can get away with reviewing boring plays then for my election year comeback to blogging I can warm up by reviewing the best show in the world. -Â CactusÂ KateÂ
There was an horrific moment when in Sunday nights epic Macau Rolling Stones gig we saw what the band would have been like if Mick Jagger was hit by a bad eight ball and Keith Richards became front man. It was the stuff of nightmares with the only suitable remedy a quick trip to the concession stand.
I first heard the Stones music when the third man with a twenty (mumble) year age gap I semi co-habited with made me listen to them every second I was with him. In the morning most “older” men read the paper in a polite ritualistic request for silent time originating Â from too much time alone with the first wife. He would regurgitate Stones trivia. As a result of environmental necessity I absorbed quite a bit but never questioned his claim to have seen the Stones in Auckland in 1966. Â The maths didn’t add up.
When relationships are over less fortunate and far needier women often get a too large home, European car or beachfront bach. Â Some of them even get custody of high maintenance things like children. I got something way cooler – not only an almost complete education but all of his Rolling Stones CDs. With the advent of iTunes I was eventually able to respectfully courier them back to their home.
During this past decade of OE I’ve never been in the right place to watch a Stones concert. As luck would have it this time I was. Â It did mean going to the Mainland sewer of sin and trekking through the smoke filled Venetian casino floor in a quest to seek my more than adequate accommodation. It was so adequate that but for the concert downstairs I would never have left. Â As it was true to Macau form I never left the hotel complex I stayed at.Â Read more »