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Rachael ' Serious ' Smalley

Rachel ‘ Serious ‘ Smalley

Rachel Smalley says it’s not OK.

What is she talking about?

Domestic violence?

Islamic Extremism?

That murdering Pedophile being returned to us from Brazil?

Nope, none of the above.

She, as a ‘ serious, ‘ journalist has decided that Cameron (a Journalist ) should not communicate with the PM by text and that the PM should not be communicating by text with him. Why? Well her reasoning is outlined in an article filled with defamation. Every accusation she makes against Cam is defamatory and a smear. No doubt she is secure in the knowledge that if Nicky Hager can get way with unproven allegations  after using a Journalist’s stolen correspondence, then so can she.

She revels in her freedom of speech and says what ever nasty unproven things that she likes about Cameron. He, however in her opinion does not have that same right. If he attacks someones character then that is toxic behaviour and he should be stopped but it is quite OK for her to say things like….

…the country’s most ruthless blogger, the man who stops at nothing to attack, undermine or manipulate anyone who opposes the National Party

vile revelations that came out about Slater and the frightening ways with which he tried to shut people down, people who opposed the National Party or people who were critical of it

Of course ‘ serious ‘ journalists should be free to talk about about Cameron Slater all that they like. They are allowed to talk to him, interview him, text him, get stories off him and write about him because Cameron Slater is money in the bank. Cameron Slater sells dead tree media and Cameron Slater ups readership, viewership. listenership and ratings. Let’s face it no matter what adjectives you use to describe him he has the readership, he has the influence and maddeningly ,unlike ‘ serious ‘ journalist Smalley he has access to the PM’s ear although John Key will probably now throw him under the bus like he did Judith Collins. Key is nothing if not pragmatic. He will do whatever it takes to shut down attacks from the Media on himself or his government.

The Labour party’s Andrew Little is fortunate that the MSM are not interested in Left Wing Blogger Josh Forman and his Blog Slightly Left of Centre. If they were they could attack him for his Deputies close relationship with him. They could ask Annette for a copy of her texts to Josh and ask when she was last in contact with him. They could find out who leaked the e-mail between him and Cameron to Annette so that it could be used to try to frame questions to John Key in the house.They could do a little research and discover that Josh lost his job this week for leaking information to the Labour Party.

In fact it has all the ingredients for a great scandal but there is only one problem with this tale of Dirty Politics, it doesn’t suit their agenda.

The Standard have gone so far as to state that Josh Forman and his Blog are actually both Cameron Slater. I really don’t know where Cameron finds the time. Just being him is enough work but being Josh and writing a whole other Blog as well, that’s just CRAZY talk but that is The Standard for you.

I am sure that Josh Forman right now, is wishing that he was, just a figment of Cameron’s imagination. He thought he was so clever trying to Trojan horse, New Zealand’s most popular Blogger.

Nothing personal Josh, it’s just politics, under the bus you go.

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Spot the Green Taliban hypocrites

So, a short summary…  The Green Party are

– AGAINST Five Eyes

– AGAINST the GCSB, for the most part

– AGAINST the SIS, for the most part

They are also

– FOR hackers stealing private information for political purposes

– FOR using hacked private information for political purposes

and now, instead of supporting data privacy, they want the PM to stop deleting his TXTs  Read more »

Almost as good as his cat killing policy

Here I was thinking the other day that I don’t agree with Gareth Morgan on anything much at all, except for his cat killing policy.

But I have found another thing to agree with him on.

Flat Tax.

Now that is almost as good as his cat killing policy…it could be improved by providing additional tax rebates for cat killing professionals.

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NZ Herald still not giving up on Dotcom

It’s quite the sausagefest over at the Herald, and they have jumped at the chance to defend Kim Dotcom, in an article they titled “John Banks’ wife’s obsessive detective work”.  (Double apostrophe bonus!)

Writes Vlad, one of our Whaleoil commenters:

I see that Dotcom is spinning like a top about this, and the Herald is of course eagerly publishing his bluster:

But Dotcom this afternoon told the Herald: “I’m just shaking my over John Banks.[SIC] I just don’t understand how he thinks this is going to change things.”

He said the meeting with the American businessmen took place “a couple of days before the donation meeting”.

“I think the meetings with the Americans was either on the 5th or 6th (of June 2010) and the meeting with the donations was I believe on the 9th.”

The problem for KDC and the Herald’s repeater is that this has already been considered by the Court of Appeal – this is what the judgement says: Read more »

Chris Trotter sends a warning to Little Angry Andy

Chris Trotter thinks that Andrew Little has had a great week.

We disagreed as we shared a short conversation in the offices of Radio Live yesterday, but I have just read his column where he sends a veiled a warning to Andrew Little.

The message to the man he defeated by a single percentage point could not be clearer.

Little expects a lot more from his future Finance Minister than the standard neoliberal commitment to keeping the books in the black. He will not be judging the worth of Labour’s economic policies by the level of praise emanating from the business community. For Little, looking after the One Percent’s funds cannot be Labour’s first priority. The critical challenge confronting Labour’s next Finance Minister will be funding the changes so desperately needed by the other Ninety-Nine Percent.

In other words: how does Labour make sure that a rising tide of economic growth lifts more than just the luxury yachts?

Little has strongly hinted that the answer to that question does not lie in the introduction of a Capital Gains Tax, or raising the age of eligibility for superannuation from 65 to 67. New policies, based on the electorate’s most urgent needs, is what Little has asked for, and his promise to review the Shadow Cabinet’s performance in 12 months’ time strongly suggests that he means to get them. Little’s colleagues would be wise to assume that his threshold for failure is set a lot lower than his predecessors’.  Read more »

The Queen v Banks: the highlights

The full judgement can be found at the bottom, but here are the highlights.

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Warrantless surveillance: Hook, line, sinker

The media and opposition appear to have fallen for the standard civil liberties play.

Here is how it goes.

Any reduction of civil liberties will be met by strong opposition.  That’s a given.   So, if you want to achieve something, make sure you actually make it sound worse.

After some time, “you’ve listened to the people of New Zealand”, and you withdraw the most contentious issue.

The civil liberty campaigners will see it as a victory, and… voila!  What you really wanted through … is through.

A classic master class in this was the introduction of “ID card” driving licenses.   At the time, they pushed the idea it would become a “national identity card”, and “mandatory photo ID”.

Cue the civil liberty campaigners…   after “listening”, the government stepped away from pushing it as far as they originally proposed, and… voila!   They achieved a photo-id database that was unprecedented at the time.  Not even passports were that “digitised” at the time.

Incidentally, all these civil liberties people were Missing In Action when all my private data was being intercepted and passed around without a search warrant – but I digress…

With that strategy of deliberately overexciting the numpties with a fake bit of policy in mind, I’ve been observing the current outcry about the “Terror” Bill.   The most contentious of it appears to be the 48 hours of surveillance without a search warrant. Read more »

Once again Len’s council tells us we should shut up, they know best

You know Auckland Council thinks it can do things better than anyone else when it diversifies away from its core responsibilities to indulge in a particular activity that is best conducted by private enterprise. the supremacy and arrogance of the Council has been a bad smell for some time but is about to get stinkier.

It’s urban compact city plans are not happening and its frustrated and desperate to make it happen.

And its usually at times like this that stupid decisions are made.

Len Brown has now announced that Auckland Council will form an Urban development agency to improve the city’s ability to address some of its’ pressing urban development needs. In short – it is going to jump right on into the very high risk game of property development.

Auckland Council’s Governing Body today agreed to support the establishment of an urban development agency to improve the city’s ability to address some of its pressing urban development needs.

The new entity, called Development Auckland, will have a key role in helping deliver the council priority of quality urban living and will have the mandate to deal with the challenge of Auckland’s rapid growth through regeneration and investment.  The agency will have the capability to deliver public and private development and infrastructure, including housing, across the region.

The new entity is a result of the realignment of Auckland Council’s council-controlled organisations (CCOs).

Mayor Len Brown said: “Meeting Auckland’s development needs over the next 10 to 20 years requires a transformational shift in the council’s approach to urban development and regeneration

“Central government, the council, the private sector and the not-for-profit sector will be able to work together in a way that does not burden ratepayers further with the costs of growth, but rather sees them realise the benefits of it.

“The CCO review has provided Auckland Council with an opportunity to address this.”    Read more »

This makes me angry

My opponents have successfully created a number of public perceptions about me.   One of them is that I laugh at dead babies.   Apart from showing what lengths my opponents will go through to undermine my reputation, it couldn’t be further from the truth.

This story, from Marty Sharpe, has got me seething with anger.

A computer gaming addict has admitted causing grievous injuries to his baby son while downloading and playing a game.

When the 5-week-old boy was taken to hospital, it was found he had 13 fractures to his ribs, and fractures to his skull, pelvis, both arms and legs, and a lacerated spleen.

Devon Bird, 21, was woken by his partner in their Waipukurau home at 6.30am on November 1 last year. She had been up with their newborn son for much of the night, and asked Bird to care for him while she slept. The baby was asleep in a bassinet.

Phone records showed that Bird – who, according to a summary of facts, describes himself as a “game freak” – downloaded a game called The Walking Dead shortly before 7am. Text messages he sent showed he texted a friend about his performance in the game about 7.30am.

At 10am he rang his mother-in-law and asked her to care for the baby while he went to class. The woman immediately noticed bruising beneath both the baby’s eyes and on the bridge of his nose, and pink spots on his cheeks.

Fearing he might have meningitis, she rang Healthline, which advised her to take him to a doctor.

The doctor suspected meningitis or septicaemia, and an ambulance took the baby to Hawke’s Bay Hospital. He was later flown to the intensive care unit at Starship hospital.

So far so good.  Then things started to cave in.  And the lies kept on coming.   Read more »

Oh “Yay”, the Murdering Pedo is on his way back