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If the Sony hack was an act of terrorism then perhaps the media might like to explain what Dirty Politics was

The media jumped right into Dirty Politics, they revelled in it, they hunted down and still hunt down people to cause them to lose their jobs. They are as complicit as the hacker was in a crime, yet they still act like they have done nothing wrong.

Meanwhile in the US we have the Sony hack where largely the media aren’t reproducing emails or attacking stars for their coarse private communications.

It is perverse.

We now also have the announcement from the FBI that the criminals behind the Sony hack are from North Korea. Worse still they have stated that North Korea’s government is actually behind the hack.

The FBI has confirmed North Korea was behind the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures.

“As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other US Government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions,” a FBI statement said.

“While the need to protect sensitive sources and methods precludes us from sharing all of this information, our conclusion is based, in part, on similarities in specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks.”

“We are deeply concerned about the destructive nature of this attack on a private sector entity and the ordinary citizens who worked there,” the FBI said in the brief statement.

“Further, North Korea’s attack on SPE (Sony Pictures Entertainment) reaffirms that cyber threats pose one of the gravest national security dangers to the United States.”

The FBI said that it had “determined that the intrusion into SPE’s network consisted of the deployment of destructive malware and the theft of proprietary information as well as employees’ personally identifiable information and confidential communications.”    Read more »

CONCRETE CANCER COVER-UP, CTD: Mitre 10 caught up in mess

If there is one certain feature of a cover-up it is that once cracks start appearing in the façade, so-called friends will quickly head for the hills.

As I roll out this exclusive WOBH series exposing a concrete cancer cover-up within the $400m concrete industry, I wonder who will stick around, and who will try and do a runner.

I have exposed cement importing company Drymix as being at the center of the controversy. With the Cement and Concrete Association (CCANZ) hooking its wagon up to Drymix, questions are being asked about who else will be caught up in the scandal as Whaleoil unravels this mess.

One such company is Mitre 10 which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and passed the $1 billion sales mark for the first time.

Questions are being asked about the integrity of the 2014 Mitre 10 Awards, particularly when Drymix was recipient of its 2014 Mitre 10 Building Products Supplier and 2014 Innovation Award for our Super Easy Mix in The Bag Range.

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Christmas Countdown: The Boagan Who Wants To Steal Christmas (and her Ten Dwarfs)

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Whaleoil is launching a new series today. It’s called the Christmas Countdown and we’ll be introducing you to a whole lot of Michelle Boag’s friends this side of Christmas.

It seems like the Boagan has a new client. Is it John Collinge continuing his boring feud with Warren Kyd? Or a construction company like Downer, Hawkins, Fulton Hogan or Fletchers?   Read more »

Is there anything that Kim Dotcom won’t steal?

Kim Dotcom is wanted in the US on copyright, money laundering and racketeering charges.

He claims he is innocent and hasn’t stolen a thing, nor made any money from stolen works.

But it isn’t just the US studio who he thieves from, it appears he has also directly stolen or plagiarised the BBC’s award wining show Top Gear.

On 21 November 2004 Top Gear went to air with episode 5 in series 5. In that episode was a piece where Jeremy Clarkson had to drive a diesel Jaguar S-type around the Nurburgring in under 10 minutes.

After much practice, Clarkson took a diesel Jaguar S-Type around the NĂŒrburgring at 9:59, just under ten minutes. His instructor, Sabine Schmitz, exclaimed “I could do that in a van”. She then took the Jaguar out and recorded a lap time much quicker on her first try, at 9:12.

At the start of the clip was an overview of the Nurburgring by Clarkson.   Read more »

Journalists relying on criminals to do their reporting for them

While Matt Nippert and David ‘Tainted’ Fisher are lapping up the adulation of the script kiddies in Wellington there is yet another article about the failure of journalistic ethics, where it appears that journalists are quite happy to rely on criminals to their reporting for them.

These so-called investigative journalists are even still in touch with the hacker of my emails (if tweets from the Kiwicon are accurate)…so much for their journalistic integrity and they claims at being investigative journalists.

Ryan Holiday, someone knows a thing or two about manipulating the media, writes about the media’s strategy of relying on criminals to do their reporting for them.

At first, I thought the media response to the celebrity hacking scandal was sanctimonious. Now I realize it was rank hypocrisy. Just shameless, awful hypocrisy from a group hardly better than the criminals they enable.

Because after every outlet, from Perez Hilton to Jezebel, called the hack, leak and publishing of nude photos of celebrities, including Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence, a crime, none of them seem to have any problem publishing the spoils of the Sony hack, particularly the many private conversations of its co-chairman Amy Pascal.

As Marc Andreessen put it on Twitter last week: “Hackers steal a company’s email files. No bad acts by company revealed. Press prints emails. Journalism, or federal crime?”

That’s exactly right. It’s the question we should be asking here.

How on earth do all these outlets—including The New York Times no less—justify printing or covering the contents of private emails obtained through clearly criminal acts? And not only that, but many in the media consider it real journalism and, in one case, criticize Sony for “choosing to stay silent” for months before telling anyone they’d been a victim?

“There’s really no other way to explain the horrifying lack of empathy so many of them show, time and time again, when women of all levels of fame are treated like they exist to be bullied and mocked.”

Well put, Jezebel. It makes it extra ironic that your boss, Nick Denton actually wrote a memo to Gawker’s staff in which he lauded the publishing of the Sony emails and said “that’s how good our editorial can be every day.” Really? That’s how good? Not: That’s how low we’re willing to stoop. This is the same guy who spoke last year about wanting to have a company people were proud to work at. These are the same people who criticized the supposed bullying tactics of #GamerGate, even though what they do is just as bad.

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CONCRETE CANCER COVER-UP CTD: Golden Bay Cement deepens mystery over blending

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The question doing the rounds in the $400 million New Zealand concrete market is whether cement importer Drymix is now trying to drag Golden Bay Cement into the concrete cancer cover-up.

Golden Bay Cement, 100% owned by Fletcher Building Limited, is currently in the middle of ‘supplying a special cement blend for use in precast, grouting and in situ items’ for Auckland’s Waterview Connection.

Golden Bay Cement also happens to have the only large-scale cement blending facility in New Zealand, based on Plummer Street at the Ports of Auckland.

Why is this important?   Read more »

Dominion Post political editor Tracy Watkins flails about wildly for relevance

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Tracy Watkins, via Twitter

Tracy Watkins, via Twitter

Key’s wise-cracking has a new edge.

He used to call his opponents muppets and it would come across as disarmingly friendly.

These days it sounds more like a profanity than an affectionate put-down.

And to say National’s third term began disastrously would be an understatement.

Key continues to be wrong-footed by the toxic fallout from Dirty Politics.

He is badly tainted by his association with Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, whose brand is repugnant to most voters.

I’d love Tracy to back that up with some fact.   My brand is so repugnant that I continue to build an ever-increasing audience.  But hey, don’t let facts get in thew way of trying to damage Freed by association.

The Dominion Post reaches nearly half of Wellingtonians aged 15 years and over and has an average daily readership of 234,000 people aged over 15.

I just have a little old repugnant blog with a similar following Tracy.  Wait until we start Freed!

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Labour’s own Dirty Politics scam busted, Josh Forman and Annette King need to explain [UPDATED]

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Josh Forman

A while ago I was contacted by Josh Forman, who works for a state sector organisation closely linked to CERA and the EQC, for coaching as a blogger.

He wanted to set up a reasoned voice on the left, I thought this sounded like a good idea at the time.

I did however have some suspicions about his integrity and certainly his previous brushes with the law made me wary.

From the start he seemed in a hurry to get somewhere and was always looking for dirt on National MPs in order to make a name for himself.

He certainly wanted to attack John Key.

In his correspondence with me, he certainly outlined who inside Labour he was working with and he claimed a strong working relationship with Annette King. If you check their Twitter conversations they are certainly very friendly.

On Monday night there was a lot of chatter about the leak of the IGIS report into the SIS and the Prime Ministers Office.

He was emailing me asking questions about it.   Read more »

The only sorry Phil Goff deserves

It is now past 1000 so I can now speak about the SIS inquiry.

The time embargo didn’t stop Phil Goff shamelessly leaking to media yesterday and creating a storm and headlines ahead of the release.

I didn’t speak to media because I wasn’t allowed to. And today I won’t speak to media because I don’t have to.

But essentially the report finds that The PMs department colluded with me to ask an OIA that proved that Phil Goff lied about being briefed. Along the way the head of the SIS Dr. Warren Tucker got a bit political.

My response?

So bloody what!

None of this would have happened had Phil Goff told the truth when asked if he was briefed.

I am completely entitled as a citizen and voter to ask an OIA, and I did.

What is outrageous is that Phil Goff tried to stop the OIA release, interfere in a legitimate OIA request, all because he might get embarrassed. It is he who should be apologising.    Read more »

[EXCLUSIVE] Leaked report says Colin Craig doesn’t listen, is an idiot, and a dictator

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David Walden

I have long said that Colin Craig is a political retard.

Many people attacked me for being so blunt, but they were usually acolyte, single issue nutters or forelock tuggers from the Conservative party.

Basically though the bloke is a dead set political idiot, NZ politics is better without him

He is an amateur playing in a professional era and his advisors say so in a leaked report that WOBH has obtained.

It is written by David Walden the founder of TBWA/Whybin advertising agency, and a he has a reputation for being blunt. Chameleon, and later David Walden on his own, was Colin Craig’s effective campaign strategy team as the hired election advertising agency.

There are a couple of papers like the one written by Walden floating about. They all come remarkably to the same conclusions.

Walden meanwhile meets his fearsome reputation for his blunt appraisal of the Conservative party campaign in his post election debrief.

He prefaces his report by describing the problems they had with the protrayal of Colin Craig in the media as “creepy” and “manipulative”, especially over the rapid exit of Rachel MacGregor.

It would also be correct to say Rachel’s exit cost us as it portrayed Colin as “manipulative” and added to his “creepy” persona, but that on its own was not enough to really hurt us, but it gave Winston Peters ammunition to damage Colin’s reputation and cast doubt in the minds of swinging voters.

Lets face it the Jason [Ede] debacle was not helpful to John Key, but his brand was strong enough to shrug it off.

Colin as a brand was still seen as risky and a bit hard to understand, so being labeled “manipulative” was damaging, and he did not handle this event well with the media.

Why not release the email?

Why not go on the front foot?

Why leave so many unanswered questions and allow the media to make their own story?

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