Kim Dotcom

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Mitchell Muscles up on Dodgy Dotcom

Mark Mitchell has accused Kim Dotcom  of meddling in our parliament under parliamentary privilege today.

He outlines an altercation last year where  Kim Dotcom made threats against the Prime Minister. Mark is no sook, he’s stood up to scumbags like Joseph Kony, Victor Bout, Muqtada al-Sadr, all of whom came off second best. The incident in An Nasiriyah was perhaps the most brutal:

The closest Mitchell and his men came to being killed was in 2004, during a five-day siege of the An Nasiriyah compound, home to diplomats, officials, coalition forces and security staff.

The uprising Shi’a militia, led by Muqtada al-Sadr, was putting coalition forces under pressure across the country. The Italian-controlled compound was surrounded and under sustained attack. Mitchell was charged with defending it.

“They’d hit us during the day with mortar fire, and at night mount a physical attack. My team’s responsibility was the roof. We were very exposed. It was hot, dusty. We didn’t get much sleep and we had to ration our food. I saw every human emotion over those days.”

Armed with AK47s and two 50-calibre machine guns, they kept the militia at bay until coalition forces regained control. Their efforts would later be rewarded with a commendation from the Italian government.

The compound was evacuated and within 48 hours, Mitchell was having a barbecue and talking to his neighbours in Taupo. “That was surreal. I couldn’t really talk to people about it, as it was hard to comprehend.”

Did he kill anyone? “We were fighting for our lives, and the lives of the diplomats. There were casualties on both sides.” That’s all he’ll say on the matter.

During the siege, Mitchell worked closely with British Governor Rory Stewart, who headed the compound’s diplomat contingent. Stewart has made the leap into politics, and is a Conservative MP for Penrith, England. Stewart wrote a book on his time in Iraq, and Brad Pitt’s production company has bought the rights to his story.

So who’ll play Mitchell in the movie? “I’m hoping George Clooney, rather than Danny de Vito.’

He’s certainly not afraid of an overweight sour Kraut.

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Kim Dotcom stops talking to imaginary people

I can’t believe the twists and turns this farce has provided.  Kim Dotcom says he has a sitting electorate MP in his pocket  (later he dropped the “electorate” from the claim).  Yesterday he told us

Talks between Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party and a sitting MP who had been thinking about jumping ship have been called off.

The Internet Party says following Mana’s decision to continue negotiations over a possible alliance, the MP and the Internet Party have “mutually agreed to end further discussions”.

“Respecting the confidentiality agreement entered into by the MP and the Internet Party to allow for free and frank discussions, Kim Dotcom, who led talks with the MP on behalf of the Internet Party, advises that no further comment will be made on this matter,” the party said in a statement.   Read more »

Rob Hosking on Dotcom and his likely effect on Labour’s vote

Rob Hosking at the NBR opines about the effect of Kim Dotcom on NZ politics and correctly surmises that it is Labour who will be most affected.

Disaffected and disengaged youth, we are told, will be flowing to the polling booths to vote for Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party on September 20.

The “visionary” of the party will act as a beacon to 18 to 25 year olds who are utterly turned off by politics, the theory goes.

The people claiming this are mostly 40 to 50-year-old political obsessives, so I’m not sure I give this theory much credence.

Certainly Mr Dotcom – or Mr Schmitz, or Mr Kimble, or Mr Tim Jim Vestor, to give him the other names he has adopted over a long and somewhat ill-starred career – has excited some people, but the folk getting most breathless seem to be a small group of excitable journalists, along with a group of folk who are keen for something – anything – that will make a better job of opposing John Key’s National government than the current official opposition is doing.

It is not clear what Mr Dotcom is going to deliver, apart from a major disruptive factor.   Read more »

Destroying Mana in pursuit of fast cash

It is unbelievable but it is happening.

The idiots of the Mana party are seriously contemplating a merger or arrangement with Kim Dotcom’s vanity project the Internet party. Clearly they too have been hoodwinked by his smoke and mirrors act.

This is tearing apart the Mana party very quickly even leading to dissent amongst family members, which given their past history is likely to end in a big family all in brawl.

Mana leader Hone Harawira’s wife, veteran activist Hilda Halkyard-Harawira, is among party members concerned about the likely alliance with the Internet Party.

Halkyard-Harawira raised her concerns in a closed session yesterday afternoon at the party’s conference in Rotorua, with Harawira confirming she remained wary of it.

An alliance looks almost certain after the movement voted to support the ongoing negotiations with Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party. While all seven Mana branches supported the move, there is still significant dissent within the party.

“She’s wary of the deal and understandably so. She sees it from not just a perspective of a Mana member or the wife of the Mana leader but from a long history of involvement in politics and activism,” Harawira said.

Harawira said his wife, who declined to comment, shared the concerns of others about the potential watering down of what the movement stood for.  Read more »

Why is it that Dotcom is always about kickbacks?

Kim Dotcom announced, sort of, two policies yesterday.

Not that he would answer any questions about them, like importantly where he will fund these policies from.

But one caught my eye…his policy of providing “kickbacks” for purchasing things online.

Dotcom is not waiting around, today revealing two policies.

“We want to give the citizens of New Zealand a benefit, a financial kickback, if they buy stuff online,” he said.

Isn’t this how he got himself in the trouble in the first place? …now he is trying to expand his policies of kickbacks…or bribes in legal parlance to a whole country?

Why is it that Kim Dotcom is all about bribery, corruption, kickbacks and graft?  Read more »

#Internetpartypicnic #dotbomb

Total fail.

and;

and you’d think the party visionary would pull a bigger crowd than this;

Do you think these muppets are starting to get the picture that starting a political party and successfully operating it is a little more difficult than tweeting a few followers and sycophantically dancing along behind the Pied Piper of Idiots?

The Dotcom wrecking ball commences the destruction of the Mana party

It looks like the political damage of Kim Dotcom is now taking its toll on the Mana party.

Sue Bradford has walked. I never thought I’d say this but good on her.

Sue Bradford and other leading Mana Party figures have walked out of the party’s AGM over its decision to continue negotiations towards an alliance with Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party.

After discussions which went into the night at Mataikotare Marae near Rotorua yesterday, Mana’s branches “unanimously” agreed to move forward with the negotiations.

The party has given its leaders a month to negotiate, before they put any proposed alliance out to the party’s local branches for consultation.

However, Mana President Annette Sykes this morning said : “Our movement, I was concerned that it may be fragile and some of our membership – I don’t know whether some have chosen not to come back today.”

“There’s quite a number. We’re not talking hundreds, but we’re talking people who I think are leaders young and old and they are principled people who I have respect for. They’ve gone back to reflect with their branches.”

Ms Bradford this morning confirmed she was among those who had walked out.  Read more »

Another day and more mis-truths from Kim Dotcom

So Kim Dotcom is sucking up to the Mana party and telling them what they want to hear.

This is his claim yesterday:

In a speech which drew regular applause, he said growing up he was “a poor young boy living under hard circumstances”, with an alcoholic father and a mother working three jobs to make ends meet.

“That is where my drive and my motivation came from because I wanted to create a better life, especially for my mother.”

Really?

He also made this claim a few weeks back to Q+A

RACHEL Do you know what it’s like to be poor?

KIM I know very much what it’s like to be poor.

RACHEL When have you been poor?

KIM Well my father was an alcoholic, and when I was a child he used to beat us up, and my mother was working three jobs just to feed us, just to keep us going. I was living in a small apartment building that people would probably consider a slum, if you saw where we lived in Germany, and when I was a kid I often had to eat toast with sugar, or toast with ketchup, that was my food. So I know what it means to be poor, I know what it means to struggle and to be hungry.   

This is in all likelihood yet another facility from Kim Dotcom, a man who has built his life off of the back of crimes such as fraud, theft and dishonesty.

Either those statements above are true, or his real life was something else.

Schmitz was born in 1974 in Kiel, Germany, and grew up in northern Germany. His father piloted the luxury cruise liner “MS Deutschland.” His mother was a chef. He attended a posh boarding school, the Staatliche Internat Schloss Plön, and got his first computer when he was nine. Because gaming software cost too much for him to buy, he figured out how to make illegal copies and went into business selling them to friends for a few marks a piece.

So, how does a man starving and only eating bread and sugar afford a computer in 1983. In the hagiography dictated to David Fisher Kim Dotcom claims that his first computer was not at age nine rather it was at age 11 and a Commodore C-16. Which even in a house that is eating bread and sugar or bread and ketchup seems a bit far fetched that they would be able to afford a computer ahead of food.  Read more »

Mana and internet parties agree to date more before engagement

Well, it isn’t a marriage made in heaven.

Mana and the Internet Party had an arranged date yesterday, and there are no talks of marriage.  But to ensure it doesn’t sound like a complete failure, they’ve announced they’ll date some more.

Hone Harawira and Kim Dotcom have taken the next step in their slow dance, after Mana Party members agreed late last night to move forward in negotiations with the Internet Party.

The Mana Party has given its leaders a month to negotiate, before they put any proposed alliance out to the party’s local branches for consultation.

Yeah, Dotcom is on Maori time now.  I doubt he realised that the speed of decision making in Maoridom is glacial.  And a month is long time in politics.  You never know what might happen.

How did Dotcom appeal to his fellow bros and wahines?

The internet tycoon and his entourage arrived at the Mana annual meeting in large Porsche and Mercedes SUVs but he pulled out all the stops to convince Mana of his working-class credentials.

He had spent the journey down from his Coatesville mansion being briefed by a Ngati Whatua kaumatua on marae protocol and the Treaty of Waitangi.   Read more »