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Defamation? They’ll need to get in line

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Prof Doug Sellman of the University of Otago, Prof Boyd Swinburn of the University of Auckland and anti-smoking activist Shane Bradbock say Slater and Mr Graham have for “some years” been publishing “articles with a negative focus on various public health experts and advocates”.

Much of the pair’s work was revealed in Nicky Hager’s 2014 book Dirty Politics.

“We had hoped things would change, but the various articles and comments remain live on Whale Oil, and Mr Slater has continued to publish further material,” says Prof Swinburn.

“Accordingly, we have decided to bring these proceedings to address what we claim is a campaign of deliberate and sustained defamation.”

The trio say they will be making no further comments until the case has been dealt with by the courts.

The first I heard of this was when I was served the documents.  Read more »

Labour lied, no one was surprised

For weeks the Labour party has been pushing (see above), what has turned out to be a lie, that the government has made health cuts. They even set up a dodgy, lying website for their campaign.

We highlighted it several times, including figures from the Rotorua area that showed they were lying.

Now travel, lifestyle and fitness blogger, David Farrar, has compiled some real numbers to show that their claims were outrageous lies.

Labour have been going on for months claiming that health funding has not grown to keep up with our population and inflation. They cite a figure of $1.7 billion of under funding on this basis.

I made the mistake of assuming their figure was correct, and not checking up on it previously. I just assumed someone else would have.

But as I had some spare time last weekend I went through the Vote Health expenditure for the last decade. I then got the CPI figures and the resident population figures. And put them into the table below.   Read more »

Two minutes on Google could have saved Andrea Vance’s reputation

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Canon Media Award-winning ‘journalist’, Andrea Vance, continued her Panama Papers hit job attacked a New Zealand lawyer in her stories, attacking them for working with an allegedly “corrupt” Kazakh politician.

In Panama, they have realised that Kazhegeldin is a “politically exposed person.” Their research revealed his role in a corruption scandal in the central Asia country. After three years as Prime Minister, Kazhegeldin had resigned in 1997 and fled his home country. He was then accused of tax evasion and using stolen funds to buy property in Belgium.

Four years later, in his absence, he was convicted of abuse of office by a Kazakh court – including charges that he took bribes from a mining company and received a Mercedes and Toyota car.

However if she had bothered to spend just two minutes on Google she would have found out that she is in fact attacking the good guy from Kazakhstan, and far from hiding his house he in fact lives there and is on the electoral roll at that address.

Even Red Radio has provided some balance to the original story, by looking into the role of the current President and dictator of Kazakhstan in smearing anyone who opposed the President. Allegations that Andrea Vance used to try and smear New Zealand and Kiwi based lawyers acting legally.

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Little: “Labour will defy the TPPA”

Andrew Little over the weekend spent some time at Labour’s Region 2 conference at Waihi.

During his stay he was filmed by a member talking about the TPPA and changing the government.

To rounds of applause he declared “We don’t have to defy the TPPA. But we will. Labour will defy the TPPA!” Then a bit more quietly amidst the claps he adds “…. If that is what we have to do.

What Andrew “8.9%” Little is saying is that he will threaten our trade relationships and economy because the TPPA doesn’t let him act in an arbitrary and discriminatory way towards foreigners [with chinky sounding names].   Read more »

Media Statement from Cameron Slater on Benjamin Rachinger and the hack of The Standard that never actually happened

Media Statement from Cameron Slater on Benjamin Rachinger and the hack of The Standard that never actually happened.

A lot of time has passed since the criminal hacker took the bulk of my emails and Facebook chats as part of a planned conspiracy against the Right.  And a significant amount of time has passed since my last public statement about Ben Rachinger and the alleged hacking into The Standard blog.  

A lot has happened. A lot continues to happen. And my approach has been to say almost nothing to stop it getting in the way of several police complaints, active investigations and court cases I am directly or peripherally involved in. Mostly as the complainant, I’d like to add.

All of this is connected to Kim Dotcom, to the NZ Police, to the NZ Herald, TV3, Colin Craig and several people I can still not name due to other court commitments.  But the Ben Rachinger “The Standard hack” issue has now resolved itself to the point where it can be talked about with some degree of isolation without getting in the way of the other issues before the authorities.

Today, with the lifting of the Police-requested and Court-ordered suppression, I am taking the opportunity to do two things. 

I’m going to make a number of factual statements today in this release, and I am going to write a number of articles that will delve into some of the detail of what has developed.  The first will be published on whaleoil.co.nz later today. Read more »

A letter from an Arab to a Jew that you must read

The people who help change the world are often the last people we would expect. They are the ones who have views that run counter to the views of people from their own ‘culture’. They are people who look beyond what they have been taught by others and who see reasons for doing things differently. This open letter from Arab Fred Maroun to Jews who support BDS is a great example of this. Both he and the Jews he is writing too are examples of people who run a counter current to their own communities. Both have the potential to create change. I will let you decide which side has the most harmful  beliefs and aims.

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Fred Maroun is a Canadian of Arab origin who lived in Lebanon until 1984, including during 10 years of civil war. Fred supports Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, and he supports a liberal and democratic Middle East where all religions and nationalities, including Palestinians, can co-exist in peace with each other and with Israel, and where human rights are respected. Fred is an atheist, a social liberal, and an advocate of equal rights for LGBT people everywhere


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You are Jewish, probably young and probably American, but you may be European or even Israeli, and you may not be so young any more. You have embraced the Arab battle against Zionism and you support the BDS movement, which as I demonstrated previously, aims for a single binational state in place of Israel and the Palestinian territories, and aims for the “return” of millions of Palestinian refugees who would make Israel overnight an Arab state.
Your position interests me because I am the same as you and yet I am your opposite. I am the same as you in that I am in the countercurrent of my own community, but I am the opposite of you in my ethnicity and in my allegiances in the Israel-Arab conflict. I am an Arab who supports Jewish nationalism.

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Someone’s got to say it; may as well be me

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The NZ Herald today published the names and details, such as the law allows, of the 61 children killed in the past 10 years.

It is a helpful list, and it reveals several factors that could be used to identify children at risk.

Here are the names and brief details, for the full information you can find it at the Herald:

Chris and Cru Kahui, Cheyenne Petersen, Tyla-Maree Darryl Flynn, Nia Maria Glassie, Jyniah Mary Te Awa, Tahani Mahomet , Dylan Rimoni, Duwayne Tietutaote Pajlegutu, Riley Justin Osborne, Cherishsiliala Tahuri-Wright, Jayrhis Lock-Tata, Trent James Matthews, Kash Meshetti McKinnon, Jacqui Petersen-Davis, Hail-Sage McClutchie, Karl Richard Arch Perigo-Check, Seini Unaloto Ikamanu, Cezar Taylor, Sahara Jayde Koro-Baker, Mikara Reti, Serenity Jay Sott-Dennington, Terepo Taura-Griffiths, James Joseph Ruhe Lawrence, Hinekawa Topia, Leilane Mary Jane Lotonu’u-Lorigan, Raynar-Lee Soljar Thompson-Hatley, Atreyu Taylor-Matene, Cassius Takiari, Soul Mathew Turany, Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand, Leith Allen Hutchison, Leon Jayet-Cole, Esme Kinraid, Gracie-May McSorley, Ihaka Paora Braxton Stokes, Maggie Renee Watson, Moko Sayviah Rangitoheriri, Matiu Wereta.

That list is a travesty. But, as you can see and read from the Herald summary, there seem to be four factors common amongst almost all of them.   Read more »

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Considerations for the gun inquiry

​All the gun control loons will be working hard over the next few months to attempt to convince the Government to ban more guns.

The door has been opened for an enquiry and the anti-gun brigade will do everything​ they can to argue the crude idea that banning guns solves problems. Which, of course, they don’t. There is no evidence anywhere in the world that banning guns has worked. Even in Australia it’s been a total disaster.

Politicians in Wellington will be keen to be seen to have done something. Public opinion matters and doing nothing is not an option.

So, ahead of an enquiry, there are a few things everyone needs to consider:

1. The latest purported gun issue in NZ isn’t about the type of guns or gun-licensed law-abiding firearms owners. The issue is scumbag criminals who are neither licensed nor following any laws and who are managing to obtain guns. How? So an enquiry must focus on that: how are they getting guns;

2. Police have no ability to administer further gun controls if they are implemented through law reform. They can barely administer the laws we have now so more onerous law revisions will be hard to act upon;

3. It will be impossible to register all guns in NZ. With over a million guns, the likelihood of all of these being voluntarily registered is beyond absurd;   Read more »

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What the New Zealand charter school debate boils down to

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It is always interesting to distill down the arguments for and against charter schools in New Zealand. After watching a New Zealand debate on the topic I have now summarised for Whaleoil readers the key points raised by people from both sides of the debate.

These are not direct quotes but are accurate summaries of what was said.

 

AGAINST CHARTER SCHOOLS:

  • We want to see ALL New Zealanders succeed but we don’t think that charter schools are the answer.
  • Charter schools are an answer to a problem that doesn’t exist.
  • It is a solution for a problem we don’t have.
  • Poor schools and bad teachers and bad principals failing Maori students is not the reality.
  • The rise of charter schools is directly connected to the Maori failure rates.

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Who made Trump? The blame game is underway.

The media are trying to blame the GOP. Plenty of other people are pointing fingers everywhere but at who is really to blame for  the Trump phenomenon.

Cory Doctrow at Boing Boing actually blames the media:

The media made Trump: he’s the perfect, click-driving mashup of fearmongering and demagoguery, and if it bleeds, it leads.

He also piles into attacking Trump and gives him oxygen.

The media do actually have a large amount of responsibility as Dan Gillmor explains:

A few weeks ago, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof weighed in on who is to blame for the poisoning of American politics.

The G.O.P. Created Donald Trump,” blared the headline. In recent decades, Kristof wrote, Republican leaders “pried open a Pandora’s box, a toxic politics of fear and resentment, sometimes brewed with a tinge of racial animus, and they could never satisfy the unrealistic expectations that they nurtured among supporters.”

True enough, but incomplete. The lies and predations of the power elite have given voters ample reason to be angry. Almost every major institution in American society, including government and big business, has failed in some fundamental ways. That so many voters have gravitated toward a bigoted, egomaniacal liar like Trump points us toward another failed institution with which Kristof is intimately familiar: the nation’s newsrooms.

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