Goff gives Inspector-General Gwyn the ‘middle finger'; is Gwyn going to let him?

via Twitter / NewstalkZB

via Twitter / NewstalkZB

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I might be the ‘most toxic blogger in the land’ but I can’t be ignored

Apparently, according to the Dominion Post editorial writer I have a new title. The “most toxic blogger in the land“.

The report says Jason Ede, a special adviser in John Key’s office, told Slater – the most toxic blogger in the land – about the SIS report on Goff and even prepared a draft blog for him about it.

Why do work when there are others who will do it for you.

I did a review of Question time and the Urgent debate and searched for my name.

Q1: Mentioned 13 times by Russel Norman.

Q3: Mentioned 8 times by Andrew Little. The site mentioned once.

Q5: Mentioned by Phil Goff 10 times.

Q7: Mentioned 4 times, not by Winston Peters I might add but by Megan Woods.   Read more »

A sane media opinion on the SIS report

The Press editorial takes a considered stance on the SIS inquiry report.

They clearly read the report unlike the editor of the former newspaper of record.

The report, which was officially released yesterday, was commissioned after wild allegations surrounding the release by the SIS of information about a briefing its director had given to then leader of the Opposition Phil Goff on supposed Israeli spies in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake of February 22. Goff denied being told anything and Tucker felt his integrity had been impugned.

Gwyn found, however, that Tucker, in defending himself, had provided an account of the briefing that was “objectively” misleading, by omissions and failure to provide context. The Prime Minister was also misled by the information Tucker provided. When public discussion about the matter blew up, Tucker failed to correct the situation.

Tucker’s errors were undoubtedly serious. He was not as measured and objective as he was required to be. These failures compromised the service’s obligation to appear politically neutral and the service has formally apologised for them, both to Goff and to the Prime Minister.

But contrary to much of the public debate on the matter, Gwyn found no partisan political motive on the part of the SIS or its director. Tucker’s faults were errors of judgment, no more. She also found that no SIS member had improperly leaked information to the blogger Cameron Slater or colluded with him.

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Mental Health Break

I wouldn’t say “must watch”, but my goodness, look how nature is claiming things back:

Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.

This is way better than Banksy

Banksy is the liberal thinkers graffiti artist, but in Bulgaria he is just meh…this is how they roll:

Ignat Ignev / Wikicommons Figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of a Soviet Army monument were previously transformed into superheroes in Sofia, Bulgaria

Ignat Ignev / Wikicommons
Figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of a Soviet Army monument were previously transformed into superheroes in Sofia, Bulgaria

Russia is demanding that Bulgaria try harder to prevent vandalism of Soviet monuments, after yet another monument to Soviet troops in Sofia was spray-painted, ITAR-Tass reported.   Read more »

Map of the Day

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From Maps without New Zealand:

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“Another Risk board. Nobody ever wants to play with us.”

 


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Want to live longer? Sleep naked (secrets within)

Sometimes the truth must out.

Turns out those people that sleep in the nud are getting all sorts of health benefits, apart from leaving marks everywhere.

One in three adults sleeps in the nude, according to an international study by the U.S. National Sleep Foundation, and it’s been shown to have all sorts of benefits.

Here, experts reveal how ditching pyjamas could improve your sleep quality, boost your relationship and may even help burn calories.

But wait, there’s more!  (Sorry, no Ginsu knives)

Sleep experts agree it’s important to keep cool at night as your body (or ‘core’) temperature needs to drop by about half a degree for you to fall asleep.

The brain, driven by your internal body clock, sends messages to the blood vessels to open up and release heat.

‘Your core temperature is at its highest at 11pm and its lowest at 4am,’ says Dr Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre and author of Sound Asleep: The Expert Guide To Sleeping Well.

‘If anything prevents that decline in temperature, the brain will wake itself up to see what’s going on, meaning you’ll struggle to get to sleep or you’ll have disturbed sleep.

That’s why those muggy nights drive you nanas.   Read more »

For someone who claims to be smart he sure looks like he is dumber than a bag of hammers

Kim Dotcom is forever claiming that he invented this or that…the reality is far from ti, usually he is the used car salesman pimping the good idea as his own.

But for someone who claims he is smarter than most he sure acts as dumb as a bag of hammers.

Kim Dotcom has spoken out about his long battle over copyright with the US government and his regrets about the events that have led to his arrest ahead of his bail breach hearing on Thursday that could see him return to jail in New Zealand.

“Would I have done things differently? Of course. My biggest regret is I didn’t take the threat of the copyright law and the MPAA seriously enough,” Dotcom said via live video link from his mansion in Auckland, New Zealand at the Unbound Digital conference in London on Tuesday.

“I thought that due to court decisions we were monitoring from our competitors like RapidShare who did exactly what we did and were winning in civil court proceedings, and YouTube was winning against Viacom – our sense was that we were protected by the DMCA law.

“We never for a minute thought that anyone would bring any criminal actions against us. We had in-house legal counsel, we had three outside firms working for us who reviewed our sites, and not once had any of them mentioned any form of legal risk, so I wish I had known that there was a risk.”

Sounds like his in-house lawyers were tits and the three external firms weren’t much better. Of course given Dotcom’s history with bill paying they probably have ended up working for free…and you get the advice you pay for.

“The US government has taken all my assets up until the raid in all jurisdictions and after I invested money into the Internet Party, the MPAA sued me civilly to try to seize those assets too, so I’m officially broke right now.”

Well not all of them eh Kim? That’s why you have bail problems…some of your hidden assets have been found?   Read more »

Kim Dotcom broke, whining like a baby about it too

Kim Dotcom is crying a river of tears because he is broke…though I note he hasn’t yet moved out of his rented mansion.

Business Insider reports:

German entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has acknowledged that he has run out of money after spending over $US10 million on legal costs.

Speaking through a Skype call at the unBound Digital conference in London, Dotcom said his three-year legal fight could be coming to an end. “My legal team resigned after I ran out of money,” Dotcom said. “I spent $US10 million to defend myself. They have drained all my resources.”

In times past this was referred to as a ‘forlorn hope’. Recklessly charging ahead despite overwhleming odds, hoping for a miracle.

He wouldn’t have such massive legal bills if he had only just hopped on a plan to the US and cleared his name. He has claimed innocence yet acts like a guilty crook.

Dotcom said the appearance could be his last public interview, because he suspected that the New Zealand government could use his lack of funds to revoke his bail Thursday during his next bail hearing.

“I’m an easy target because of my flamboyant lifestyle,” he said. “It’s hard to keep a low profile when you have number plates with ‘GOD’ and ‘STONED’ on them. Also, I’m German, and Hollywood loves German Bond villains.”

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 Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS. 07 Jun 1960, New York City, New York State, USA --- Getting some extra spring in her step, "Victoria,"a giant red kangaroo, displays perfect forms as she bounces on a trampoline at Yonker, New York. Trying to outbounce her is George Nissen, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, developer of the equipment that's shaking them both up.

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07 Jun 1960, New York City, New York State, USA — Getting some extra spring in her step, “Victoria,”a giant red kangaroo, displays perfect forms as she bounces on a trampoline at Yonker, New York. Trying to outbounce her is George Nissen, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, developer of the equipment that’s shaking them both up.

Springaroo

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