Bill English’s state housing reform is privatisation by stealth

Like an insidious slow rot, Bill English wants to get his hands on part of the $16B worth of cash currently locked into government-owned social housing stock.  This is one of the most under-the-radar National reforms that may have a substantial effect.  John Armstrong muses

Bill English’s masterplan to radically “reform” the Labour-initiated, octogenarian state housing scheme has all the hallmarks of being ideological for ideology’s sake.

The power combo of English and the Treasury is a pretty unstoppable force at any time. Implementing a policy in tune with its world view, the Treasury has been let off the leash, albeit briefly. It is just like the good old days before MMP and the advent of prime ministers obsessed with opinion polls and little else.

That the policy may yet be a complete dud does not seem to have penetrated the minds of those responsible for writing the relevant Cabinet papers. It is enough that the winner from the restructuring of “social housing” – the more anodyne term that National prefers to use – is the private sector.

I’m all for Government getting out of things they have no business being in.  But we are still to see a clear explanation how English is going to encourage the private sector to take on the least attractive and possibly loss-making tenants in a deal where they take all the risk.   Read more »

Whaleoil now part of Google’s “dark net”

Seems the European Data law that forces Google to filter search results with certain, erm, search results, has hit us too.

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So, you too, as commenters anyway, are possibly censored.   Read more »

Step 1: Chemical weapons captured Step 2: MIG fighters Step 3: Chemical weapons used

…or so it is claimed.

The play to get the world behind boots on the ground action is marching on.

Dizzy, vomiting and struggling to breathe, 11 Iraqi police officers were rushed to a government hospital 80km north of the capital last month. The diagnosis: poisoning by chlorine gas. The perpetrators, according to the officers: Islamic State extremists.

The chlorine attack appears to be the first confirmed use of chemical weapons by the Islamic State on the battlefield. An Iraqi Defence Ministry official corroborated it, and doctors said survivors’ symptoms were consistent with chlorine poisoning.

I love the “appears to be” leading to the use of “confirmed”.  It’s skillful, no?

It is one of three crude chlorine attacks that Iraqi forces say have occurred since the extremists seized vast tracts of Iraqi territory this summer, although details on the other two incidents remain sketchy. The reported assaults raise concerns that the militants are attempting to hone their chemical weapons capabilities as they push to seize more ground.

Say to  have occurred.   Read more »

Where in the world is Kimmy?

 

Can you spot Kim Dotcom?

Wembley Legends Join Where’s Wally? For 25th Anniversary

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Here is a little game. (Or is it?)  Where is Kimmy?   Is he still in New Zealand, or has he quietly slipped away, relying on his Bitcoins to see him through?

 

 

Malaysian diplomat in a New Zealand court about now

The Malaysian diplomat accused of assaulting a Wellington woman has been ushered onto a plane to Auckland [last night], his departure from Kuala Lumpur kept out of the public eye.

News media at Kuala Lumpur International Airport told Stuff that Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail went through a “special entrance” onto his flight.

Rizalman arrived in Auckland around midnight, and traveled on to Wellington where he is to appear in court this morning.

New Zealand formally filed an extradition request in recent weeks for Malaysia to return Rizalman so that he could appear in court in New Zealand. He left the country five months ago.

Rizalman was arrested on May 10, and charged by Wellington police with burglary and assault with intent to rape relating to an alleged attack on Tania Billingsley, 22, in the Wellington suburb of Brooklyn. Read more »

Did the Metservice capture a UFO on radar? [POLL]

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It only appeared in one frame on yesterday’s rain radar.   Read more »

Someone is very very worried.

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New Zealanders are a very generous lot. On charity sites such as Givealittle we help many different people and worthwhile causes.

It appears that many, many, New Zealanders thought that Independently wealthy Nicky Hager was one such worthwhile cause. The fact that he has made around $500,000 from his sales of the book ‘Dirty Politics’ doesn’t seem to affect their desire to help him financially.

I can’t help but wonder if two or three of the donations were rather large. I suspect there are two or three people in New Zealand who are rather concerned that if Rawshark is identified that the trail will lead back to them and their organisations.

Lets face it. If Hager expects us to trust him to read Cam’s stolen e-mails and only use what is in the Public Interest in order to make himself a not inconsequential chunk of change then SURELY he can trust the NZ Police to not reveal any information that they have to read in the search for information about the hacker Rawshark? Methinks the so called journalist protests too much. I suspect he has finally  realised that he was a pawn in a well planned and well executed Political hit. The people who used him knew how to reel him in and which buttons to push while keeping him ignorant of their agenda and who was really behind it all.

If he doesn’t fight the Police and the truth is finally revealed, his career and reputation will be destroyed in a spectacular fashion. In fact it will be so spectacular that I expect that it will be worthy of being made into a movie. Imagine… a book about dirty politics written by the pawn of a group of Black Op political operatives on a political mission to take down an extremely effective Political Operative on the other side of the Political spectrum. They use Dirty and criminal politics to frame him as being Dirty Politically in league with the government of the day.It was a plan so cunning you could pin a tail on it at call it a weasel!

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What a deal!

What does a handful of Kola nuts and the equivalent of ten New Zealand dollars buy you these days?

Kola nuts

Kola nuts

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Face of the day

A loyal dog waits.

A loyal dog waits. -Source: AP Photo

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Their noses glumly peek out from under the fence as Nathan Cirillo’s dogs await the return of their master, unaware that he will never being coming home.

The 24-year-old Canadian soldier and single father was gunned down outside the National War Memorial in Ottawa yesterday.

24 hours later and his forlorn dogs have been pictured peering under the fences at his family’s Ontario home.

Cirillo was a devoted animal lover and regularly posted photos with his pets on Instagram.

Friends also described how he had recently discovered an abandoned, starving puppy, which he brought back to health before finding it a home.

“Found him a pretty home, hope he has a good life,” Cirillo wrote of the puppy just a month ago.

Cirillo, who was killed as he stood guard outside the war memorial, also leaves behind six-year-old son Marcus.

Cirillo was bringing up the boy alone, with help from his mother, after the boy’s mother was no longer in the picture.

“He stepped up. Definitely admirable.” Cirillo’s former girlfriend Randi Lotsberg told The Star.

“I feel so bad right now for his kid. Now his son doesn’t have a dad.”

-Yahoo