Kim Dotcom

“Fugitive” Dotcom wants money back from “corrupt” US

Claiming the assets were obtained through copyright and money laundering crimes, last July the U.S. government launched a separate civil action in which it asked the court to forfeit the bank accounts, cars and other seized possessions of the Megaupload defendants.

Megaupload’s defense heavily protested the request but was found to have no standing, as Dotcom and his colleagues were branded “fugitives”.

Earlier this year District Court Judge Liam O’Grady ordered a default judgment in favor of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). As a result the contested assets, which are worth an estimated $67 million, now belong to the United States.

Today Kim Dotcom and his Megaupload co-defendants appealed this decision at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. In their opening brief (pdf) Megaupload’s lawyers argue that the court denied the defendants’ basic rights and violated due process.

The Devil makes work for idle hands, and Dotcom’s currently got very little to do.  This allows him to concentrate on ludicrous defence tactics, like complaining he’s not a fugitive. Read more »

Dimpost on the Colin Craig melt-down

Danyl McLauchlan sometimes has very good posts, it is why I still read him.

His comments on the cult party of Colin Craig are good.

Back before the election I was a bit worried that the Conservatives and Internet/Mana were harbingers of a worrying new trend in politics – the overt interference of the super-rich in our democracy, as they realised that buying influence through donations and lobbying were less effective than just establishing their own parties.

It hasn’t played out like that. Both parties are now effectively dead for similar (underlying) reasons. The founders of both parties were also the primary funders and that meant they they got to do pretty much whatever they wanted – just like they did with their private businesses – because they were paying for everything.   Read more »

Stop shitting in the water and half of this bludger’s problems are solved

A bludger, for that is what he is, is still trying to use the NZ court system to evade extradition.

Perhaps Kim Dotcom is his legal advisor.

A Kiribati man seeking to become the world’s first climate change refugee plans to file an appeal to New Zealand’s Supreme Court, his lawyer says.

Ioane Teitiota would argue that his family’s health is at risk if they return to low-lying Kiribati, which suffers from rising sea levels and water supplies that are contaminated by salt and sewage.

Teitiota overstayed his New Zealand visa and is fighting to stay in the country with his wife Erika and three New Zealand-born children.   Read more »

10 Years today – A Decade of Dirt to celebrate

Whaleoil-First Post

Ten Years ago today I started Whale Oil Beef Hooked…I still remember the day and the first post…it was a photo of my desk, my computer, my keys, a Mont blanc pen, a pocket knife, the home phone and a Motorola phone.

The text of that first post read:

My Father in Law starts almost every sentence with this line….I think for this blog it is somewhat appropriate…

I am going to post mine and other like minded individuals views here, particularly views related to Auckland, Politics and New Zealand in general.

And speaking of which…

You know what pisses me off…when you arrive in Christchurch get in the cab and the cab driver asks you where you are from….You just know that when you reply Auckland you are going to cop it….and I sure did…every JAFA comment in the world that I have heard a hundred times came out. This guy was seriously lucky to get paid let alone leave the cab without a serious kicking.

But seriously, all you South Islanders, understand this. We the people of Auckland don’t care what you think about us, Auckland or anything. Seriously, we don’t care. We have more to do with our lives than live in hope that you get a real live Aucklander in the cab to so how jealous, petty and pathetic you all are. Get a life…no I mean a real one not a “sky is red and black” life.

Christchurch has a similar problem to Australia…lovely place to visit, shame about the inhabitants.

Ok, Ok, I had a nice long weekend in Christchurch, It was wonderful to look through closed doors and windows of shops closed on Saturday….quaint, very quaint.

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Face of the day

Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom

Today’s face of the day Kim Dotcom has received an apology from the SIS. The apology is not because they did anything wrong legally with regards to his case. The apology is because the agents in e-mails back and forth discussing his case said mean things about him. I have gone through each and every ‘ mean ‘ thing reported to have been said and have ordered them under statements of fact and statements of opinion. Read more »


No place to hide for hackers and Bitcoin transactions

The accused mastermind behind the underground website Silk Road will be sentenced on Friday for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $US200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin.

Ross Ulbricht, 31, faces up to life in prison after a federal jury in Manhattan found him guilty in February of charges including conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking.

Prosecutors are seeking a sentence “substantially above” the 20-year mandatory minimum that US District Judge Katherine Forrest must impose on Ulbricht, who admitted to creating Silk Road but denied wrongdoing.

Another “who? me?” defence we have grown to love from likeable morbidly obese rogues.   Read more »

Face of the day


Kim Dotcom PHOTO-File


Today’s face of the day Kim Dotcom loves a good Party.

I wonder if he will be accepting this invitation?



Comments of the Day

The left is unhinging after the latest Roy Morgan poll showed no improvement for Labour or the Greens since the election.

Over The Standard you can really feel the pain, there are over 300 comments on the poll post.

Two commenters though nailed Labour’s problem, and for their efforts are now being shouted down.

RRM comments:

“It feels like progressives have one hand tied behind our back …”

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Get some new policies.

Stop listening to the facebook left, they are mostly children or BA grads.

Stop lecturing the country about how child poverty is a great atrocity and we’re all part of the problem by not paying enough tax. Nobody wants to hear that. (Well nobody outside of the beltway, the look at me I’m an activist house on Abel Smith St, and 22yo arts grads on Facebook.) Did you notice the Govt just voted every low income family in NZ a $25 pay rise? Normal people can see that that would pay for a big box of weet-bix and several bottles of milk for everybody. So EVERYONE who couldn’t afford to feed their kids before, CAN now, so there is literally and figuratively NO EXCUSE not to. So that should be the end of that.    Read more »

What happens if you type someone’s name into Google Maps?

People think Maps are for places.   Not so.  This is what happens when you ask Google Maps about me


This one is rather telling… although it’s good to see it’s not a a certain other lawyer’s home:   Read more »

Sledge of the Day – John Banks

I'm coming to steal your democracy

Get used to orange

John Banks has responded to the challenge of Kim Dotcom for a public debate:

Banks on Thursday said he would agree to a debate if it was held at the Radisson Hotel in Los Angeles, in the United States.

“I’ll pay the airfares,” he said.   Read more »