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[EXCLUSIVE] Concrete Cancer Cover-up?

An example of concrete cancer in load bearing structures

An example of concrete cancer in load bearing structures

By Steve Cook

DOZENS OF new structures could be under threat from a catastrophic form of ‘concrete cancer’ – with industry insiders warning the problem could end up costing millions of dollars over time.

The company at the centre of the concrete cancer controversy is Drymix, who control about five-percent of the $400 million-a-year cement market.

The company also has exclusive contracts with the likes of Mitre 10.

In January, February and March this year, Drymix imported tens of thousands of tonnes of cement which, according to their own test samples, failed to meet recognised industry standards.

The suspect cement – which has a higher than accepted alkali content – has since been used in potentially hundreds of building projects right across the country, including the $40.6 million Manukau District Court upgrade.

There are growing fears those structures could be vulnerable to deterioration caused by what’s commonly known as concrete cancer.- a reaction between the alkali and aggregate in the concrete.

Concrete cancer is caused by unusually high alkali levels in cement combined with moisture in the concrete and a reactive form of silica in the aggregate.

When this occurs it can end up causing serious expansion and cracking in concrete, resulting in major structural problems further down the track.

Overseas, especially in earthquake-prone areas, there have been cases where structures have been entirely demolished because of concrete cancer.   Read more »

A watershed moment

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Fran O’Sullivan

I think I will have to calm Cactus Kate down this afternoon, this has never happened before.

It has always been the other way around. Given the vagaries of time zones I suspect it may be difficult to get hold of her especially as it is Saturday, which follows Friday night.

Nevertheless, I really wouldn’t want to be the journalist who spilled her guts and published private conversations with Cactus. Who on earth would now ever speak or chat with Fran O’Sullivan in what you may have thought were private conversations? She has shown a willingness to publish those private chats in order to protect her own hide.

I suspect things are going to get messy.

The journalist sounds like she is protesting too much and covering her own arse.

I would have thought discretion was the better part of valour, since the very people she has slammed in her article are yet to give evidence (as witnesses, not as participants, “a distinction that will not be lost on sensible readers”) to the inquiry.

I note that O’Sullivan has relied on Cactus properly doing a search in Gmail for her name.

Bad mistake Fran, given that Cactus has a terribly short span of attention when it comes to IT matters because she has always had staff to do work for her, then I suspect she probably got bored after the third emails and thought to herself, “that’ll do, Fran will be OK with this, time for one of those famous Hong Kong brunches”.

O’Sullivan really should have checked her calendar when making a request that required concentration and accuracy…word for the wise…Saturday comes after Friday night, and everyone knows what happens in Lan Kwai Fong on Friday nights, which is why extensive brunch buffets on Saturday have copious quantities of booze soaking food.

I pity O’Sullivan for gobbing off in the media ahead of three other people having to give evidence to the inquiry.   Read more »

Hager raided, computers seized

Media are reporting that Nicky Hager has had search warrants executed on his house as Police follow lines of enquiry relating to the illegal hacking of my emails.

Hager has put out a statement:

I believe the police actions are dangerous for journalism in New Zealand. It matters to all people working in the media who could similarly have their property searched and seized to look for sources.

Really? My emails were seized and searched by criminals, and that isn’t a threat to journalism or people working in the media?

So hacking and stealing someone emails is ok, but Police doing their job isn’t?

Of course his enablers are all rushing to his defence. Some of them may well be complicit in the crimes that were committed against me.

For Hager to claim journalistic endeavours is going to be very difficult. Journalists call people they write stories about. Journalists give people a right of reply. Journalists tell the whole story, not massaged narratives that suit their politics.   Read more »

Can Duncan Garner Count?

Duncan Garner’s addled brain may have let him down in a piece on the Labour Leadership on Stuff.

Duncan is known as a man who is all too fond of the good life, and trying to keep up with Winston Peters may have eroded some of his brain cells. I was once taught that you have one mouth and two ears and they should be used in that ratio. All too often Duncan Garner uses his with entirely the wrong ratio.

Garner writes this about Stuart Nash winning Napier. It shows that the comments above are both justified and perhaps even a little kind.

I like Stuart Nash. He’s a totally likeable rogue.

But he’s dreaming isn’t he? This is just a vanity thing. He’s drunk his own Kool-Aid.

He’s the Shane Jones of this race. He’s red-blooded and proud of it. And if there’s going to be a race – then he wants to be part of it. He’s got lead in his pencil after winning Napier – just don’t mention he only got there because the Conservative’s Garth McVicar split the vote on the right.

So Stuart Nash won Napier because the conservatives split the vote.

Did you actually look at the results Duncan? Or were you too busy gobbing off and not actually listening and analysing.

Here is the analysis Duncan. I’m posting it for you so you can continue with the wine, women and song rather than having to do any actual thinking. It’s ok I’m used to having to provide real analysis when other drop the ball.   Read more »

The unacceptability of David Cunliffe

After David Cunliffe bizarrely compared himself to Helen Clark and Norman Kirk we are going to see a demonisation of David Cunliffe much like the attacks on Kevin Rudd by pro-Gillard forces in Australia like Stephen Conroy, Stephen Smith and Wayne Swan.

We have already seen this with the Ilam candidate, James Dann, damning Cunliffe in an open letter.

It will be systematic, and it will be nasty. His reputation will be trashed by his own team, making him completely unacceptable for the membership to foist him upon the caucus. The caucus knows that they can’t command the membership, but they can make Cunliffe so unpalatable that the unions will act.

The problem is caucus too is highly factionalised. Clayton Cosgrove has been acting the bully-boy strong arming other candidates to stand aside and promote Grant Robertson. The problem is Clayton Cosgrove is so thoroughly discredited after running a candidate campaign in Waimakiriri, one that failed and also delivered up an appalling party vote result. He is despised as a result, even by those on the right of the Labour caucus. But caucus has to block vote now to send a message to the membership that they cannot countenance a dud leader like David Cunliffe. They need to effectively veto Cunliffe but that won’t work.

It won’t work because the membership is feral left. That membership believes that David Cunliffe is a martyr and that he was set up to fail by the caucus…a caucus of centrist traitors to the socialist cause. The only thing that unites caucus right now is their mutual loathing of David Cunliffe.

The hard left of the party, stocked now with old Alliance war-horses, are more interested in being pure rather than being in power. They are septic that their mates like Carol Beaumont got rinsed and are on the outside. Beaumont is so thoroughly disliked that when asked to provide her with a job, Helen Kelly refused out-right. Of course it is the same hard-left that was pulling strings inside Labour for them to tank Kelvin Davis in Te Tai Tokerau. They loathe candidates like him and Stuart Nash. They believe in a puritanical socialism, where people like Nash and Davis are actually closet tories and should actually be run from the party rather than emulated for their electoral success.   Read more »

Mana blogger and Internet Party “strategist” Martyn Bradbury enrolled to vote twice

Sometime last year, a little birdy told me that Martyn Bradbury of The Daily Blog, funded by unions and the MANA Party, as well as being paid to be Kim Dotcom’s Internet party strategist, was on the electoral roll twice.

Mistakes happen.  So I decided to wait.   Because closer to the election, you get sent the nice enrollment pack by the Electoral Commission to confirm your details.

After this phase, I waited for the new rolls to come out.  And what would you know?  Martyn didn’t take the opportunity to correct the fact he is on the roll as two different people.  (Unless he has a twin brother called Martin we have never seen or heard of living with him at the exact same address?)

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So here we have someone in the political process giving advice to political parties, getting funded by political parties and unions, enrolling twice, not correcting this before the election when requested to…. and possibly already having voted twice as well.

Martyn…or Martin, will claim this is some sort of clerical error…or a mix up of some sort. Those excuses cannot and do not hold water. Someone has filled out a form with a similar name and exact same occupation and address details and sent it in. It has been accepted and entered into the system. A form still had to be sent and registration applied for. The Electoral Commission should be pulling their records around this registration and the form handed to Police for handwriting and signature analysis.

It cannot be a clerical error, it had to be a deliberate act.

Whether he voted twice isn’t that important, as you’ll see.

You can be assured that the Electoral Commission will look into this.  After all, enrolling twice is a criminal offence.   Voting twice just makes it worse.

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This is beyond absurd. NZ Herald fronting an Internet MANA voter scam

You may recall me looking at mobilize.org.nz a few days ago.  It is a web site that is a very thinly disguised effort by the Internet/Mana parties to get a mailing list and to provide social pressure and possible incentives for voting.   This is yet another party-aligned web site that pretends to be neutral by skirting the electoral rules.  I mean, why not?  The message is out that any electoral law transgressions will earn you a “caution” from police… at worst.

NZ Herald has a piece this morning on voting early.   Here’s the headline

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That’s fine.

Here’s the photo.   Read more »

How a tainted journalist manipulates the news

David “Tainted” Fisher wrote an article this morning about his continued witch hunt against civil servants using stolen data taken by a gutless hacker from my website.

In it he quotes me.

Meanwhile, Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater says police will soon be obtaining data from Google, Facebook and Twitter as they investigate his complaint over the hacking of his computer which yielded the messages Hager based his book on.

Slater was yesterday with Counties Manukau Police formally laying a complaint he first lodged by email from Israel. Back in New Zealand he was “just providing all the details to the constabulary”.

“Once they’ve got a signed signature they can go to Google and Facebook and Twitter and go and obtain data. I’m completing the necessary paperwork to allow them to go and do it.”

Slater said he would be telling police he believed Kim Dotcom was involved in the hacking due to “the fact that he was gloating, the fact that he’s made comments prior to this happening, a whole lot of other stuff”.

Slater was expecting more of his messages to be made public by the hacker.

“[On Wednesday] night at that meeting Hager was talking about ‘there’s more stuff coming out’. Well, how does he know?

“He’s obviously got to be in contact with the hacker.”

Did I speak to him?

No, I did not.   Read more »

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EXCLUSIVE: Another Hager and Fisher lie exposed

“Mr” Hager, using my stolen emails, drawing conclusions based on incomplete information, writing a narrative and not checking it with the people involved, any of the people involved for factual correctness before publishing, has been pushing the idea that I was involved in having a prisoner moved.   He’s published a lie that Minister Judith Collins organised this.

David Fisher, in his partial and very sanitised “Mea Culpa – I used to be manipulated against my will by Cameron Slater” piece in the Herald the other day may also take note of the fact, instead of how he likes to present things.

Below, is an OIA reply from the Department of Corrections.  All personal details have been redacted to respect the privacy of the person who requested the OIA.  A non-redacted copy is in my possession.

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I hope the NZ Herald know what they’re doing… Bryce Edwards is quite the spiteful liar!

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This from Martyn’s union and Kim Dotcom funded hobby blog:

We are losing the voice of Bryce Edwards in an election for a right wing troll who wanted Nicky Hager’s address published so he would be harmed and another right wing troll who pretends to be a Labour supporter. 

It’s interesting to see that even Bryce Edwards isn’t good enough for the NZ Herald.   His continuous claims to be non-partisan are laughable and demonstrably untrue.

But that’s ok.

What the Herald should really worry about is that they are now on the Doc’s shit list.   Read more »