Today’s Trivia

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There are still over 100 unidentified victims from the Titanic. (source)

 

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Why everyone, even children, should have a gun

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Don’t bite off more than you can chew… sorta

I think this is a good visual metaphor for this blog. At times I think we’re taking something on that’s going to get the better of us, and then… nah :)   Whaleoil:  No fear, no favour.

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Whaleoil Backchat

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Daily Roundup

Herald and tainted Journo continue to run lines for Kim Dotcom

The Herald and David “tainted” Fisher continue to shill lines on behalf of Kim Dotcom.

They have run a story today about some supposed new “evidence”.

Government minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested in Kim Dotcom before his officials granted the tycoon residency – a revelation which has led to accusations he misled the public.

The accusation comes after Immigration NZ released a statement making it clear they told Dr Coleman about the FBI the day before the criticial residency decision was made.

Dr Coleman – now Defence Minister – is now facing calls to come clean on exactly what he was told the day before Dotcom was granted residency by Immigration NZ officials.

It emerged last week Dotcom was given residency in 2010 despite the SIS urging Immigration NZ to tell their minister the FBI was carrying out a criminal investigation into him and wanted the help of NZ Police.

Dr Coleman was briefed by Immigration NZ chief executive Nigel Bickle on October 28, the day before Dotcom was granted residency.

Dr Coleman distanced himself from the decision, saying it was made by officials. He said: “Ministers had absolutely no knowledge of any pending FBI-NZ Police investigation.”   Read more »

Duncan Garner on Brownlee’s airport stunt

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It’s pretty clear this is a prima facie case of Brownlee breaking the law, or at least using his position to do so. Gerry will be hating this and he will be kicking himself. The Brownlee I have got to know pretty well over the past 18 years has been down to earth and is not one to ask for special favours. This blows all that out of the water.   Read more »

BREAKING: NZ Blogger breaks name suppression on David Cunliffe’s lunch date

A blogger with strong links to Peter Dunne this afternoon has published full details of the “sex pest” referred to “NZ’s Rolf Harris”.

Of course, we can only report that name suppression has been broken – not who it is, what the details are, or where to find it.

I think this blogger is extremely brave to poke a stick at the law when $100,000 and/or a prison sentence of up to 6 months can be the result.

 


 

Please do not put anything in the comments that can even hint, suggest or otherwise lead to the identity of “NZ Rolf”, no hints as to what to search for, or what web sites to visit.  Doing so will see your ability to comment here permanently withdrawn.  Don’t be cute.  Really.  Just don’t.

Do the Greens now support trucking?

The Greens have released billboards depicting workers cleaning up after the Rena grounding in 2011.

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Back in 2007 the Greens were strongly supporting coastal shipping as an alternative to trucks:

“Coastal shipping is a key part of the alternatives-to-roads strategy. The more freight we can get on to ships the better.”

That was when Sue Bradford was still a Green MP.  Read more »

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Either way Hone is giving the finger to the rules

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Hone is dumber than a sack of hammers. His response to the Taxpayers Union jumping on him for taxpayer funded billboards is to incorrectly claim the Union is itself taxpayer funded


Harawira dismissed the claims of Taxpayers’ Union executive director Jordan Williams, who yesterday branded the apparent breach of rules as “an outrageous use of taxpayer money”.

“But the only thing that is outrageous, is how outrageously stupid Jordan Williams was to make the accusation without checking the facts” Harawira said.

“The billboards were all legitimately paid for from campaign funds.” Read more »