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Kim Dotcom’s hired political party failed to deliver

Ian Apperly writes

Following Greenwald the (unsurprising) start of the show Edward Snowden beamed in from Russia to tell us what he thought. There were really only two statements that came out of that. Firstly, the cable had been tapped and secondly, that the NSA had a presence in Auckland and “further North”. He also said that he had regularly come across New Zealand data as part of his job as an analyst. No evidence of any of this was provided, we assume that Snowden, a traitor to his own country and a hero of the far right and far left, is telling us the truth.

New Zealand has had foreign spies here as long as I can remember. Every now and then they really screw it up. And we see it. Americans, Russians, Israelis, and other nation states have all been caught out here. So the NSA having a presence is zero surprise. The cable tapping was a given, as we’ve seen. It doesn’t matter HOW it is tapped by the way. Pacific Fibre have said they have no knowledge of it, yet there are soft ways to do it, it could be done at the far ends, their are a myriad of ways. We know they are.

I had a friend in the eighties who’s father was in the SIS and spied on the Russian spies in and around Karori. They would park in one particular elderly woman’s driveway to keep an eye on the Russians, so the story goes, because she would creep out with cups of tea, biscuits, and scones to feed the boys who were “keeping an eye on the naughty Russians.” Read more »

Dirty politics derangement syndrome – Wendyl Nissen

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Better grab my box of tissues. Wendyl Nissen has had a big sook in the NZ Herald about wanting to be on the side of angels.

There is a lot of crap out there currently about dirty politics and it’s getting tedious.

Self-important luvvies getting in a tizzy thinking they are important enough to actually be targeted for treatment.

Both Cactus and I confirm they were never paid by anyone to discredit Wendyl Nissen. All posts were a labour of love.

We also add it was a mighty hard task to discredit her anyway as no one discredits Wendyl in print better than Wendyl herself.

 

Wendyl Nissen says that she hasn’t bothered to read the posts on WOBH about her articles, and doesn’t want anyone else to either.

We think she should.  That’s why the team at WOBH want to be helpful for people looking to see what we and other readers have said about Wendyl Nissen’s criticism of various food products and other issues she claims to be an expert in.   Read more »

Question: Why does ANYONE still believe Kim Dotcom, on anything?

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He was also going to:   Read more »

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Is this Hone’s last official act as an MP?

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Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister
MANA Leader and Member of Parliament for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira
Monday 15 September
MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012.

“Information made public today appears to contradict John Key’s statements and I have therefore asked the Speaker to refer it to the Privileges Committee for investigation.”

“This is a very serious matter and needs to be properly and formally looked at, especially as it involves the Prime Minister.” Read more »

Does Labour know they have a traitor in their midst?

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This guy here wants to be re-elected but not a single acknowledgement as to what party he belongs to.

Even the authorisation statement isn’t from Labour’s Tim Barnett.   Read more »

Laila Harre on the “extent to which [the Government] will control our behaviour”

“Here we are, at the center of global democracy” — Laila Harre

The other side of “citizen journalism”.

Even poor old Russell Brown can’t swallow rats this size.   Read more »

Snowden: Get rid of Key, although it won’t actually solve the problem

Snowden writes

This government may have total control over the checkbox today, but come Sept. 20, New Zealanders have a checkbox of their own. If you live in New Zealand, whatever party you choose to vote for, bear in mind the opportunity to send a message that this government won’t need to spy on us to hear: The liberties of free people cannot be changed behind closed doors. It’s time to stand up. It’s time to restore our democracies. It’s time to take back our rights. And it starts with you.
and then: This misuse of New Zealand’s spying apparatus for the benefit of a single individual is a historic concern, because even if you believe today’s prime minister is beyond reproach, he will not remain in power forever. What happens tomorrow, when a different leader assumes the same power to conceal and reveal things from the citizenry based not on what is required by free societies, but rather on what needs to be said to keep them in power?

and later:   Read more »

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Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Just go home David

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Another Labour policy flop at the Last Chance Saloon

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It was advertised as the Labour Party’s last big policy of the election campaign.

We’re getting a lot of this lately, the oversell.

When delivered, however, the plan to set up a $100 million-a-year sovereign wealth fund to invest in “strategic” assets, including clean energy, prompted only a scratching of heads. So small was it in size and so opaque was its intention that Labour’s motive was anyone’s guess. Was it meant to appease Winston Peters? Was it designed to appeal to the Greens? Was it meant for Labour’s left-wingers?

No.  The media was just meant to grab it and whip it into a frenzy of suck-booz-National-you-lose.  None of Labour’s policies are anything but an empty shell.   Read more »