Cam Slater

Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.

Once again everyone is expected in-studio.

The range of Topics today may include the following

  • The big reveal
  • Polls
  • Last debate on Wednesday; last chance for Cunliffe?
  • Policies. Have any managed to break through the noise?

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Facts matter Josie

Yesterday on The Cauldron, Josie Pagani and I set about each other over taxation.

Her claims were that the “poor” pay more in tax than anyone else…my contention was she was talking rubbish.

Lindsay Mitchell points out who was right and who was wrong.

The topic for discussion was tax cuts. Cam said that half of people already pay no tax (or words to that effect). That tax cuts for them would be ‘smoke and mirrors’.

Josie Pagani mounted an absolute denial saying that low and middle income people pay more tax than wealthier people relative to their income.

Time to remind ourselves that

…households earning under $60,000 a year ‚Äď which is half of all households ‚Äď are expected to pay 11 per cent of income tax. ‚ÄúWhen we take income support payments into account, as a group they will actually pay no net income tax at all,‚ÄĚ Mr English says. Read more »

Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.

We are all expected to be in-studio today, so that should be a good show.  I expect to get punched in the arm by Josie at least once!

The range of Topics today may include the following

  1. - National Fiscal Policy ‚Äď announced at 3pm
  2.  Cunliffe rules out Maori Party (on NewtalkZB this morning)
  3. Jamie Whyte
  4. Polls
  5. Kim Dot Com
  6. Capital Gains Tax

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Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.

The format of the Cauldron may be different today, mostly because instead of commenting on political stories, I am the political story.   At this stage, it is expected that I will solo with Larry for the first half of the show.  Then I step back, and the rest of the team can comment on matters without me getting in the way.

This is the likely format, but it can still change. ¬†I’ll try and get Pete to update asap this if that’s the case.

 

Cam on Cam (studio webcam, includes audio )

You can listen online via iHeartRadio  or tune in though usual methods.

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And here was me thinking Hager would just bug me

David Farrar and I started a little personal meme when we toured the country in 2008 in the Blogmobile.

We would tell outrageous jokes and then finished them by saying “Sh*t, I hope that doesn’t come out in Nicky Hager’s next book, surely he is bugging us”.

Don;t believe me, go ask David. It is a joke we have continued to this day whenever we meet, or go out for dinner or  are in groups of like minded individuals.

It was always considered a joke…that is until this latest book.

Who would have ever thought that NZ politics would be dragged into a nasty political conspiracy based off of News of the World hacking tactics of a private citizen?

Who would have thought that Nicky Hager would condemn legal and warranted spying by the state but write a book off of the result of illegal spying against a private citizen, and claim strangely that this was all justified?

And who would have thought the left wing would stoop so low as to break the law to achieve a political goal? It should really be no surprise though since most of the complaints to Police about breaches of electoral law are about the left , and to date not a single prosecution has arisen from those complaints.

What we are witnessing though is a concerted political conspiracy to defeat a government, not through better policy, or even election bribes, rather through criminal acts.

The framing of the releases, the manipulation of the media, the gloating and fore-warning by the political left of new hits to come all points to a politically inspired attack the likes of that never seen before.

Mike Williams said yesterday that this was like Watergate, it is an accusation the left have tried to stand up since this began, but it is an accusation that fails until you look at the real scandal here.

There is no doubt now that this is a political hit job. The selective releases, the one-sided narrative, all about things that were neither illegal nor wrong.

There are no releases of emails from disgruntled Labour MPs, or Facebook messages, or files. There are no releases of details of my charity work, donations of time and money to causes such as ADRA or YES. No releases of my disucssions regarding the campaign over Marriage Equality, where I worked with a cross party team to ensure that the legislation passed. No releases of my discussions with Green or NZ First MPs.

It has all been about trying to silence my friends and trying to destroy the government. ¬† Read more »

How a tainted journalist manipulates the news

David “Tainted” Fisher wrote an article this morning about his continued witch hunt against civil servants using stolen data taken by a gutless hacker from my website.

In it he quotes me.

Meanwhile, Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater says police will soon be obtaining data from Google, Facebook and Twitter as they investigate his complaint over the hacking of his computer which yielded the messages Hager based his book on.

Slater was yesterday with Counties Manukau Police formally laying a complaint he first lodged by email from Israel. Back in New Zealand he was “just providing all the details to the constabulary”.

“Once they’ve got a signed signature they can go to Google and Facebook and Twitter and go and obtain data. I’m completing the necessary paperwork to allow them to go and do it.”

Slater said he would be telling police he believed Kim Dotcom was involved in the hacking due to “the fact that he was gloating, the fact that he’s made comments prior to this happening, a whole lot of other stuff”.

Slater was expecting more of his messages to be made public by the hacker.

“[On Wednesday] night at that meeting Hager was talking about ‘there’s more stuff coming out’. Well, how does he know?

“He’s obviously got to be in contact with the hacker.”

Did I speak to him?

No, I did not. ¬† Read more »

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The Israeli Navy – Defending the toughest border

Yesterday I was treated to a visit of the Israeli Navy in Haifa.

Security was tight, but not as tight as I expect tomorrow for my trip to IDF Intelligence.

We were told that we could only take photos of soldiers and sailors from behind, or from afar. Every photo had to be inspected.

After a briefing on how the Navy controls all shipping out to and beyond the 12 mile limit and the borders with Lebanon and Gaza we were escorted about a Super Dvora class fast patrol boat to have a look.

This border is their toughest boarder due to the constant movement of vessels, the terror threat along with smuggling and other criminal activity.

One was leaving on patrol and so we were allowed to photograph that as it left the dock.

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Super Dvora class fast patrol boat leaving dock in Haifa. Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

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Golan Heights, Syria and Lebanon

Al Qunaytirah, Syria - smoke from Rebel artillery strike against Assad forces   Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil media

Al Qunaytirah, Syria – smoke from Rebel artillery strike against Assad forces Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil media

Yesterday I went to the Golan Heights, to the border of Syria, and also to the border of Lebanon.

From atop Mount Bental, an extinct volcano atop the Golan Heights plateau you can see the almost all of the Heights, from Mount Hermon to across the plateau into Syria.

There are IDF bases on all the high points to protect the land that Israel annexed in the Six Day war. The decision to take the Golan Heights was made on the 4th day and the they have been taken in just two days.

On the drive up there are minefields still in place, left by Syrian forces, and there are warning signs everywhere.

From the top of Mount Bental you are not far from the border, and we were looking down on Al Qunaytirah in Syria. This is an Assad regime held town, from where we were looking there is a Druze town to the left called Jubata Al Kashab, a larger town called Khan Arnabeh and on the right of¬†Al Qunaytirah is a town called Al Qahtaniah. Those three towns are rebel held. ¬†¬† Read more »

The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB

As Cam is still in Israel and not back until Friday, he is not going to feature on the Cauldron today


I am not on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Jordan Williams on The Cauldron.

 

Topics today may include

1) ¬†John Key, the OIA request and… me

2) National Party housing policy

3) The Dotcom and Corkery show at the Internet Mana party launch

4) Labour cancelling policies to fit with Prefu limitations

5) Dirty Politics – will the polls reflect this?

 

Cam (not) on Cam (studio webcam, includes audio Рwith all but Josie expected in-studio)

You can listen online via iHeartRadio  or tune in though usual methods.

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Today in Sderot [VIDEO + IMAGES]

Entry to Sderot    Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

Entry to Sderot Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

WARNING: This might look like a travel blog post, until you see the video.

You will hear people moaning about the children in the conflict with Gaza and you will hear them moan about civilians and the effect on them.

Yesterday I visited Sderot, a small town of 25,000 near the Gaza border. When I say near…the closest part of Sderot to Gaza is 840m.

Every bus stop – approximately 200m apart, sometimes more is actually a bomb shelter as well. Whether you make it there is another matter as I will demonstrate shortly.

As you drive around you notice that every house also has a bomb shelter attached or is integral to the apartment blocks. This is the investment the people of Sderot and the government makes to protect children and the civilian population.

There is also an Iron Dome protecting Sderot, but due to the proximity to Gaza you only get 15 seconds warning…if that.

We had just finished a visit at the Police station where they have piles of expended Hamas rockets they have collected and I was crossing the road towards the van when an alert was issued. My phone buzzed and over the loud speakers that are everywhere in Sderot came the Hebrew words for Red Alert.

I was walking towards this bus shelter where there were people waiting and IDF Captain Roni Kaplan, who I was with, grabbed me and pushed me towards the shelter. The rest of the group were a fair bit behind and they returned quickly to the shelter at the Police station.

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Bus stop and Bomb shelter, Sderot Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

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