Kim Dotcom

Nigella needs special permission while fraudsters can walk right in

Something’s not right here.  Claire Trevett reports

Nigella Lawson needs special permission to visit New Zealand, but the “Wolf of Wall Street” will be eligible for a visa when he comes next month, despite having been jailed for fraud.

Last week it was revealed that British television cook Lawson had to get a special dispensation to visit New Zealand next month because she had been refused entry to the United States after publicly admitting using cocaine and marijuana.

She will be ineligible for a visa to New Zealand for the rest of her life, despite having no convictions.

However, no such dispensation is needed for Jordan Belfort on his visit to speak at investment seminars. A spokesman said Mr Belfort was yet to apply for a visa, but he was eligible because his sentence was less than five years and the conviction was more than 10 years ago. Only those sentenced to more than five years are ineligible for a visa for life.

There is such a legal bias towards drug related charges in the law.  There are people in the US imprisoned for life for marijuana possession.  But ripping off people from their hard earned money?  Meh.   Read more »

Haere Ra Shane, Haere mai Kelvin, pity everything isn’t ka pai

There is a silver lining for Labour in the resignation of Shane Jones and that is the arrival of Kelvin Davis back into Labour’s caucus.

Cunliffe visited Jones at his home last night and shared a meal with him and his family. They discussed his decision, and Cunliffe said the departure date had not yet been set, but about a month from now was likely.

He said Jones conveyed his final decision on Tuesday morning.

Cunliffe said he was “agnostic” about the departure date, and that it would be worked out to suit all concerned and after discussions with Kelvin Davis, the next candidate on Labour’s list.

The former MP was another strong Maori voice for the North.

“I’m sure he will be welcomed back with open arms,” Cunliffe said of Davis.

I can’t believe that David Cunliffe wasn’t more equivocal about Kelvin Davis returning.

Kelvin Davis has ironically been kept out of parliament by higher ranked but less than competent MPs like Rajen Prasad. He will now be able to fully campaign as an MP against Hone Harawira and if Labour give him some real resources then he has a cracker of  chance of unseating Hone Harawira and also at popping Kim Dotcom’s vanity party balloon at the same time.

Kelvin Davis is  top bloke, and a fine, hardworking representative in the Far North.

If I was Labour I’d be pouring resources into winning that seat back of Harawira.

“you Nazis, quit that talk”

I don’t think Israel would be a good place for Kim Dotcom.  Not unless he loses more off his accent

An Israeli bus company has been forced to apologise after a Jewish man from Holland who survived three concentration camps and his wife were branded ‘Nazis’ by one of its drivers.

Martin Leeda, 72, and his wife Jeta, 69, were aboard the bus travelling from Ramat HaScharon to Tel Aviv sitting in a forward section reserved for elderly passengers.

As they began to speak to each other in Dutch, the bus driver suddenly yelled out: ‘You non-Jews, you Nazis, quit with that talk.’

He had mistaken their Dutch for German, said Mr Leeda.

Mr Leeda, who works in a Jewish historical museum in Amsterdam, travels regularly to Israel and said he and his wife were ‘deeply hurt’ by the insult.

He said: ‘I, as a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, should not have had to listen to this.’

The driver sent the couple a letter of apology and faces a disciplinary hearing, according to the Metropoline bus company.

Around 150,000 Jews were living in the Netherlands in 1941, according to a survey by the Nazi occupation force. Read more »

Are you in the mood for a bit of irony?

So, there is this bus company.  Called Megabus.  And they put a face, on the backs of their buses.  Yet there is something on that bus that gives the man … oh, look for yourself.

mb

Not photoshopped.

Sometimes life twists and turns in the most unexpected ways!   Read more »

What do Kim Dotcom and Colin Craig have in common?

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.

Read more »

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 »