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Civil suit blows Kim Dotcom’s case out of the water – he’s toast

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I suspect the Internet Party “Visionary” and bank roller Kim Dotcom may be a little distracted now. ¬†What is worse than having the FBI organising your extradition?

By looking at the documents filed by the Plaintiffs, two things are now abundantly clear. ¬† The Internet Party only exists because of proceeds of crime, and Kim Dotcom’s argument that MegaUpload was just like YouTube or Google holds no water at all. ¬† Read more »

Chickens coming home to roost for Kim Dotcom, MPAA and former staff suing

Last night Kim Dotcom tweeted about his former employee suing him for unpaid wages.

What Kim Dotcom doesn’t state is that he worked that staff member 90 hours per week at below the minimum wage. If he had paid his staff at or above the minimum wage while he continued to live a life of opulence then the staff member might have been able to save for himself rather than going cap in hand to Dotcom.

This is how Dotcom operates, he makes people dependent upon him, then hands out “gifts” instead of paying outstanding wages, and then when the staff decided to pursue him for the wages he slams them in public on twitter when there is a court process underway. The true mark of a sociopath treating people as play things, manipulating them emotionally and financially to keep them under control.

Then to heap misery on top of that lawsuit the MPAA has filed a massive lawsuit against him as well.¬† Read more »

Fran O’Sullivan on Kim Dotcom’s political foray

Fran O’Sullivan explores Kim Dotcom’s stable of bought politicians:

Kim Dotcom bought his New Zealand residency with a $10 million cheque; now he wants to buy off Hone Harawira to try to secure the balance of power at the September election.

That’s the most important development relating to the birth of the Internet Party.

It’s certainly not his pledge to bring internet equality to New Zealand. Who’s going fund that, Kim?

Nor the fact that Dotcom owns a signed copy of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. So what? Mere ownership doesn’t make him a Nazi sympathiser. (I own a Chinese tract signed by the disgraced Bo Xilai and that doesn’t make me a Communist either).

This issue will remain a red herring unless evidence is made public ‚ÄĒ not merely hinted at ‚ÄĒ that Dotcom is a closet Nazi and anti-Semitic to boot.

Until then there is no game-changer.¬† Read more »

Has Kim Dotcom committed perjury?

Kim Dotcom showing off his Waffen SS helmet

Kim Dotcom showing off his Waffen SS helmet

When Kim Dotcom was arrested he made submissions to the court about his assets:

“Since that time, all known assets have been seized and are unavailable for Mr Dotcom’s use or disposal,” the judge found. “No new assets or accounts of any significance have been revealed since his arrest. Mr Dotcom’s submission that he has not concealed any assets or bank accounts has largely been borne out.”

But yesterday he was on television blabbing about significant assets…a copy of Mein Kampf, a cigar holder from Winston Churchill and a pen owned by another mass murdering dictator.

Speaking on 3 News, Dotcom said it was among several rare pieces of rare World War II memorabilia he had bought. Other items in his collection include a cigar holder that once belonged to British leader Winston Churchill and a pen that belonged to Soviet leader Josef Stalin.¬† Read more »

A new Godwin’s Law?

We all know what Godwin’s law is…leftists usually are the first to break it, but now it is thought there is a new Godwin’s law.

Samuel Johnson once said that “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Patriotism, and bad analogies.

For the uninitiated,¬†Godwin’s Law¬†is one of the cardinal rules of the Internet. Coined in 1990 by Internet law expert Mike Godwin, the principle — confirmed by countless contentious comment threads across the web — is that the longer an online discussion persists, the greater the odds become that someone will make a comparison to Nazis or Adolf Hitler, to the point of near-inevitability. Nothing ends a debate faster than the hyperbolic unsupported counterfactual: “You know who else did [INSERT SUBJECT OF ARGUMENT HERE]? Hitler!”

We get this all the time…usually from teachers unions…they used it against Anne Tolley and are yet to deploy it against Hekia Parata…only a matter of time though.

But Hitler and the Nazis aren’t the only recurring straw men used to end debates. Over the past 12 years, it’s become clear that the longer a national security debate persists, the more likely it becomes that someone will try to end it by suggesting something — some policy, some person, some technology — “could have prevented 9/11.”¬† Read more »

There is always another fool waiting to be tucked

What is it with Tainui? Are they blessed with an over-abundance of stupidity?

It would seem so.

The Tainui tribe is considering a major investment in Kim Dotcom’s new Mega website venture, and Dotcom’s chief lieutenant says it could be the start of an era of Maori investment in the digital world.

A source said senior Tainui negotiator Tukoroirangi Morgan met Mega employees for lunch at an Auckland restaurant last month to discuss a deal ahead of Mega’s public share offering.¬† Read more »

Victory for Dotcom? In fact, the exact opposite

The media screamed with delight yesterday that the fat German had notched up another victory in his fight against extradition.

Almost all of them fell for Dotcom’s line, without even bothering to read the judgment. Repeaters around the world fell in line.

The truth is, yesterday’s ruling will have sent a chill down his spine.

It was an absolute disaster for Dotcom.

The cops point to the real story:

Police note that the judgment requires Mr Dotcom to provide police with the appropriate passwords to enable police to access the items seized (eg hard drives and laptops) in order to assess their content for relevance.

The judgment also provides for relevant material to be released to the FBI and for irrelevant material to be returned to Mr Dotcom and his associates,” police said.

The Fat German may be able to manipulate the media. But no matter what they repeat, Dotcom will be a very worried man today.

He has one foot on the plane to face the music in the US.

I’m almost inclined to organise a big farewell party at¬†the¬†airport to see him off. For someone who professes innocence he sure doesn’t seem to want to go to the US to clear his name.

Everything you ever wanted to know about gun violence in America

The Atlantic has put together some proper facts and¬†statistics¬†about “gun violence” in America. I think you will be surprised, particularly those of you like the dick Piers Morgan who call for assault rifle bans just how few deaths are caused byt people armed with assault rifles:

How much gun violence is there in the U.S.?

There were 8,583 homicides by firearms in 2011, out of 12,664 homicides total, according to the FBI. This means that more than two-thirds of homicides involve a firearm. 6,220 of those homicides by firearm (72%) are known to have involved a handgun.

It’s worth noting that violent crime rates of all types have been¬†steadily decreasing¬†since the early 1990s. No one is quite sure what is causing this decrease, though there are¬†many theories, ranging from tighter gun control laws to more innovative policing and changes in the drug market. Whatever the cause of this decline, America still has a homicide rate of¬†4.7¬†murders per 100,000 people, which is one of the highest of all developed countries (see:¬†international comparison).

Gun violence also affects more than its victims. In areas where it is prevalent, just the threat of violence makes neighborhoods poorer. It’s very difficult to quantify the total harm caused by gun violence, but by asking many people how much they would pay to avoid this threat — a technique called¬†contingent valuation¬†– researchers have estimated a cost to American society of¬†$100 billion dollars.

Guns are also involved in suicides and accidents. 19,392 of 38,264 suicides in 2010 involved a gun (50%), according to the¬†CDC. There were 606 firearm-related accidents in the same year — about 5% of the number of intentional gun deaths.

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Whale Week What Was

Steve Harris - Iron Maiden, Whale Oil Beef HookedSaturday started with a Face of the Day photo that was a bit hard to look at before breakfast. ¬†Cam finds a Frenchman worthy of respect, and is pleased to find they aren’t all cheese eating surrender monkeys.¬†Count Jacques le Bel de Penguilly does have a poofy name though. ¬†Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche is a play that Whale suggests David Farrar should review for his Womans Weekly blog. ¬†Australia charges its second Catholic Priest for child sex crimes, and this blog continues to ask: ¬†Why is New Zealand immune? ¬†We’re either better than the rest of the world or we’re still covering it up. ¬†Which is it, and why? ¬† Sadly, another Cry Baby post where we highlight those who aren’t taking personal responsibility. ¬†This time, people who booked on Jetstar had their flights cancelled are in the paper bleating they’ll never fly Jetstar again. ¬†If only they knew this could happen, eh? ¬†Sharing a public space is tough when the others are eating, playing music and talking on their phones. ¬†Cam Slater throws in a joke about an ERO school inspector and Hekia Parata, and follows it up with a post where he reveals that politicians lie. ¬†Yeah. ¬†Why do women wear high heels? ¬†It can get to the point of ridiculousness for sure. An interesting post showing that a Connecticut newspaper is still advertising guns right next to Sandy Hook School news. ¬†That was followed by a post of dash cam footage from 1927 as well as dash cam footage of a plane crash last week. ¬†Next a top drawer post about glow in the dark toilet paper and poop hand soap. ¬†Only on WOBH. ¬† An interesting BBC2 short about Gordon Buchanan turning himself potential into Polar Bear lunch¬†leads a post about Iron Maiden showing Steve Harris wearing a Whale Oil Beef Hooked T-Shirt. ¬†Perhaps we should avoid NZ Herald Stock tips: ¬†Australian shares are hot apparently? ¬†Especially those APN stocks. ¬†Oh, and Fairfax stocks are doing just great as well. ¬†And as we wind down towards the end of the Saturday, we have a post about a CK Stead letter in which he slams the Binnie report as having clear bias. ¬† Read more »

Top ten fraud words and phrases in email conversations

Ernst & Young and the FBI have realsed their list of top ten words and phrases used in email conversations that commonly indicate fraudulent behaviour:

Software developed by the FBI and Ernst & Young has revealed the most common words used in email conversations among employees engaged in corporate fraud.

The software, which was developed using the knowledge gained from real life corporate fraud investigations, pinpoints and tracks common fraud phrases like “cover up”, “write off”, “failed investment”, “off the books”, “nobody will find out” and “grey area”.

Expressions such as “special fees” and “friendly payments” are most common in bribery cases, while fears of getting caught are shown in phrases such as “no inspection” and “do not volunteer information”.

In total more than 3,000 terms are logged by the technology, which monitors for conversations within the “fraud triangle”, where pressure, rationalisation, and opportunity meet, said the FBI and Ernst & Young.

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