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IMPORTANT: Harmful Digital Legislation and Whaleoil

The way that the Harmful Digital Legislation Bill is shaping up, we’re going to be in for a hard time.  If you think our current moderation is over the top, you’ll be surprised to see that under the new Bill I won’t be able to write ferals, road maggots or political retard without risking a continuous barrage of complaints.

Balancing free speech and “harmful” speech is difficult.

I will be returning to this issue as we come to grips with what lies ahead, but I thought I’d start with this piece penned by ACT’s David Seymour.  ACT is the only one holding out against this Bill, and it appears to me that instead of being petulant and liberal on principle, there are real problems ahead.

The Harmful Digital Communications Bill looks set to pass into law next week. I have voted against it, and have moved amendments in an attempt to improve the Bill. I want to explain why I oppose this Bill.

The legislation has good intentions – to protect people, especially young people, from online bullying.

But we can’t judge policies and programs by their intentions. It is results that matters. Bad legislation with good intentions is still bad legislation.

The Government faced a difficult task. Any law in this area must balance the need to protect its citizens from harm and the need to protect free speech, including freedom of the press. As stated famously by Voltaire, free speech involves adopting the view that while “I may disapprove of what you say, I will defend to the death your right to say it”. Read more »

The PPTA are acting like the Mafia

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The PPTA are acting like the Mafia protecting their patch except that State Schools do not belong to them and they have no right to prevent student teachers from training in them. In their statement to Whaleoil they said that:

PPTA teachers voted not to support charter schools -their staff and their operation.

Every single one of those PPTA teachers is only a registered teacher now because a fellow teacher in a school funded by the government gave up their time and voluntarily made the effort for no financial reward to allow them into their classrooms and provide them with guidance. The PPTA in their statement called this crucial part of a student teacher’s training an ‘ onerous task’.

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EXCLUSIVE: Emails reveal Conservative party meltdown

Whaleoil Media has obtained fresh email correspondence that shows a complete meltdown now occurring inside the Conservative party.

Legal threats are being hurled around and this blog has also received threats from Colin Craig.

These emails are as a result of the farce of a press conference on Friday afternoon and the subsequent cancelling of a special board meeting.

Since then Colin Craig has been framing this whole debacle as a stand down.

Board member John Stringer emailed other board members the following on Friday night.

From: John Stringer
Sent: Friday, 19 June 2015 10:19 p.m.
To: Andrew Craig; Laurence Day; Melissa Perkin; Paul Young; John&Laurie Stringer; Christine Rankin; Colin Craig; Brian Dobbs; Nathaniel Heslop; Regan Monahan
Subject: Sexual Allegations vs Colin

I am disappointed half of us were missing tonight from the special meeting called to discuss these matters (that are of some years standing). We had documentary evidence in the form of hand written notes, letters signed by Colin, his SXTs and emails for you to see, and I wanted to hear Colin’s side of the story.

That was the appropriate place to deal with all this; but Colin called a press conference, and now this has become a media storm. The bizarre nature of the press conf. today is feeding that media interest.

Colin had no right to arbitrarily “postpone” the scheduled Board meeting without consulting us or to call the conference without letting us know.  The first most of us knew, was hearing it in the media. But like always, Colin acts arbitrarily and without consultation.

It is unconscionable to me that some of you could still be supporting Colin.  As an ex pastor I cannot.

As a Conservative I cannot. I have therefore spoken to the media tonight to protect my own reputation and that of the party from a man who is morally bankrupt and has lied to us as a Board for months and months.

The explicit and salacious details of Colin’s indiscretions with women other than his wife will be leaked out every day over the next several days by several media outlets and from numerous sources. His large payout to one victim is already being discussed.

We will all be forced to choose what kind of politics we support and are publicly identified with.  Our faces have already appeared on TV. It would have been better to have met with you and Colin in private tonight to discuss all this; I came all the way from Christchurch to do that.

Disappointed some of you couldn’t make a short drive across AKL to reciprocate.

Let the cards fall where they may.  But Colin’s tenure as a leader of anything political is over as his victims begin to speak out. That is now out of our control.

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EXCLUSIVE: The poem Colin Craig doesn’t want you to see

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WhaleOil Media can reveal that Colin Craig failed to tell the Conservative Party’s Board that he previously faced serious allegations of sexual harassment from a former staff member in a complaint laid with the Human Rights Commission. It is understood that the claim lead to a confidential payout which until recently the Board were unaware of.

We have been told by members of the Board that they were assured on multiple occasions by Colin Craig that no allegations of a sexual or moral nature were involved and relied on one element of the claim, a series of unpaid invoices or a dispute in relation to the employee’s hourly rate, to hide the more serious allegations.

WhaleOil Media understands that no sexual relationship resulted, but Colin Craig is alleged to have pursued the staffer including sending a large volume of text messages, letters and inappropriate touching.

A source, which was supporting the victim as the events unfolded last year, has provided WhaleOil Media with some of the letters and text messages.

We are still working through the material.   Read more »

Which party leader wrote this? [UPDATED]

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EXPOSED: Ministry of Health funded group running #dirtypolitics

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State-funded group Agencies for Nutrition Action can now be exposed for running a campaign straight from the playbook of dirtypolitics.

Under the guise of reducing childhood obesity under the banner of #protectourkidsnz this trougher group has pulled together “a group of motivated people” a group of other troughers to lobby for:

  1. Healthy food polices in all schools and early childhood services (‘getting the tuckshop to match the classroom teaching’)
  2. Restrictions on junk food marketing to kids (‘it is unethical to allow junk food ads targeting kids in the middle of a childhood obesity epidemic’)
  3. Taxes on sugary drinks (‘to reduce consumption and provide funding for childhood obesity prevention programs’)

Some would say if that is what it takes to reduce obesity in kids, then that’s a good thing.

But that’s not the point.

It’s their covert lobbying strategy specifically designed to put heat on the Government and their paymasters at the Ministry of Health and the Health Research Council which will be their undoing.

Let’s break this down and see what they’re really pushing for: Read more »

Face of the day

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James Shaw, from Wellington, has been named the Green Party’s new co-leader. Ross Giblin/FAIRFAX NZ

The Green Party has a new co-leader – former business consultant James Shaw.

Shaw will step into the role alongside co-leader Metiria Turei, following a vote at the party’s annual general meeting in Auckland on Saturday.

Earlier Turei said she felt like “The Bachelorette” as she waited for the outcome.

The Bachelorette Green Party Style -Appalling photoshop job by Spanishbride

The Bachelorette Green Party Style
-Appalling photoshop job by Spanishbride

“It’s been a while since I’ve had four men chasing after me. Who will get the rose?”

…Shaw paid tribute to Norman…He then embraced female co-leader Metiria Turei.

Turei described all four candidates as “political adonises”.
– Stuff

Case thrown out, no re-trial, Banks an innocent man after Court of Appeal acquittal

John Banks is an innocent man, acquitted by the Court of Appeal.

The case against John Banks has been thrown out and he will not face a second trial for allegedly filing a false electoral return.

The Court of Appeal has sensationally reversed its previous decision to order a retrial following the late disclosure of a document, which Mr Banks’ lawyer David Jones QC said “contradicts all evidence given at trial” by the Dotcom witnesses and made the prosecution “untenable”.

In a judgment just released by the Court of Appeal, Justices Ellen France, Forrest Miller and John Wild ruled that Mr Banks should not stand trial again and he was acquitted.

The decision of the Court of Appeal comes three weeks after an urgent hearing held in Wellington where Mr Jones told the three appellate judges that Kim Dotcom’s new statement was a “fantasy and a nonsense”. The Queen’s Counsel said the Crown made a “very serious error” by not disclosing the new material, known as the Butler memorandum, ahead of a previous Court of Appeal hearing last October.    Read more »

Concrete Cancer Coverup Ctd: How a real company deals with the problem

unnamedWell, well, well, just look at those headlines. Just an issue that WhaleOil has been talking about for months, yet MSM are only now waking up to the potential scale of the problem.

You see WhaleOil exposed the use of dodgy cement back in October 2014, when cement importing company DRYMIX imported dodgy high alkali cement from Vietnam.

This dodgy cement ended up in places such as the $40 million Manukau District Court rebuild and Fonterra’s $120 million UTH factory in Waitoa.   Read more »

Face of the day

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Up until now I have chosen not to make Amanda Bailey face of the day as she had stated that she wanted to be anonymous.She is no longer anonymous thanks to her choice to make a joint statement with her employers to the press. Additionally she has kept her facebook page open to the public. Finally she has now gone to the Unite Union and is not only only going after John Key AGAIN but also her employers.

I disagree with her politics but I respected her right to stand up to John Key and be assertive as a good feminist should. It may not have stopped immediately but she did get her message across and he stopped his behaviour, apologised and tried to make amends.Many months later she chose to seek revenge through Wrongly Wrongsons’s blog. Again, though I do not agree with her, if she wanted to try to hurt him politically that was her right.

She has crossed the line now by going to the union. This nonsense about her being powerless must be challenged. Women are not fragile petals and she proved that by stopping him. She also proved that by very calculatedly getting her revenge through Wrongly Wrongson’s Blog. The story has dominated the media and even been talked about overseas. She certainly showed him that she was no mere pig tailed Miss to be taken lightly!
She has had her piece of flesh and John Key has been thoroughly maligned and punished. To now throw her employers under the bus, compounding the damage to their business that she has already caused with her actions, is a bridge too far.

Enough Amanda, enough. You are not only hurting your employers you are making yourself un-employable.

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