New Zealand

If the Sony hack was an act of terrorism then perhaps the media might like to explain what Dirty Politics was

The media jumped right into Dirty Politics, they revelled in it, they hunted down and still hunt down people to cause them to lose their jobs. They are as complicit as the hacker was in a crime, yet they still act like they have done nothing wrong.

Meanwhile in the US we have the Sony hack where largely the media aren’t reproducing emails or attacking stars for their coarse private communications.

It is perverse.

We now also have the announcement from the FBI that the criminals behind the Sony hack are from North Korea. Worse still they have stated that North Korea’s government is actually behind the hack.

The FBI has confirmed North Korea was behind the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures.

“As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other US Government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions,” a FBI statement said.

“While the need to protect sensitive sources and methods precludes us from sharing all of this information, our conclusion is based, in part, on similarities in specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks.”

“We are deeply concerned about the destructive nature of this attack on a private sector entity and the ordinary citizens who worked there,” the FBI said in the brief statement.

“Further, North Korea’s attack on SPE (Sony Pictures Entertainment) reaffirms that cyber threats pose one of the gravest national security dangers to the United States.”

The FBI said that it had “determined that the intrusion into SPE’s network consisted of the deployment of destructive malware and the theft of proprietary information as well as employees’ personally identifiable information and confidential communications.”    Read more »

Face of the day

 

Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell is well qualified to have an informed opinion on the anti-terrorist legislation. If he is 100% behind it, then I feel confident that it was the right thing to do.

 

The MP who chaired the anti-terrorist legislation rushed through Parliament last week, Mark Mitchell, says the bill was “100 per cent” justified.

And he said he had had messages yesterday thanking him for the bill in light of the Sydney hostage crisis.

“It becomes a lot more real for people when it’s three hours across the ditch.”

…Mr Mitchell, a former security specialist who ran a company in the Middle East for 10 years, said New Zealand was not immune.”We don’t have some sort of magic inoculation that means we couldn’t be exposed to some sort of extremist actions here.”

…Mr Mitchell said one thing he had learned after dealing with terrorists’ acts for a decade was that they had become good at adapting and changing tactics to defeat measures taken by countries to mitigate risk.

“You do have to be quite flexible and be able to move quickly and take all the measures we need to prevent that from happening.”

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: Google Earth. A long swirled wake was spotted on Google Earth in Oke Bay, part of the Bay of Islands in New Zealand.

Photo: Google Earth.
A long swirled wake was spotted on Google Earth in Oke Bay, part of the Bay of Islands in New Zealand.

Too big to be a shark and too fast for a whale…

So what is the mystery creature captured by Google Earth off the coast of New Zealand?

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Statistics and the law of probability

A Mathematician might talk about the law of probability, a gambler might talk about the odds.

If an individual coin toss or the roll of dice is considered to be a random event, then if repeated many times the sequence of random events will exhibit certain patterns, which can be studied and predicted.

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If I am an employer and I need  long term employees I will consider the following.Women in their twenties and thirties are more likely to take maternity leave than Men. Not always, but they are statistically more likely. They are also more likely to resign in order to be at home with their children for a period of time than men. With that in mind to protect my business I would ensure that I did not hire mainly women in that age group as it would put my business at risk if a number of them took maternity leave or resigned in the same year. That may not seem fair but given the probabilities I would need to consider the risk. If the employees were easily replaced then I would not need to consider the risk but if they were highly trained individuals and hard to find then I certainly would be careful to get the balance right.

With Islamic immigration to New Zealand we need to consider the risks. Even if only 10% of them are going to become a threat to our way of life that is still one in ten. One in ten sounds a lot more scary than 10% doesn’t it?

If you knew that statistically 1 in 10 people attending a Christmas party were likely to cut your head off would you still attend the party?

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Face of the day

Jean Mary Sandel

Jean Mary Sandel

There are so many unknown treasures in New Zealand and this amazing lady is one of them. Her wiki page is barely one line yet she was a pioneer and ahead of her time. She died at such a young age too, after achieving  so much. Women like this are my heroines as this is what a real feminist looks like. Someone who goes toe to toe as an equal despite the odds and despite the difficulties. It is because of women like her that my daughter knows that if she wants it badly enough she can aspire to achieve it.

Jean Mary Sandel was a notable medical practitioner. Born in Kaipi, Gisborne on Boxing Day, 1916 she was the only child of Mary (nee Gow) and Arthur Sandel, who was a licensed surveyor.

Her name lives on as the name given to the Jean Sandel Retirement Village, in Barrett Road, New Plymouth…
…Jean’s family moved to Taumarunui, from where she attended New Plymouth Girls’ High School as a boarder – one of about 27. There she made her mark as an outstanding student and leader, named Dux in 1932 and 1933.

She was the first girl in Taranaki to be awarded the Royal Life Saving Society’s Diploma. She was also a life-saving coach. At the matriculation exams in 1933 she did so well she won a junior scholarship. Writing was also a strength, as she was placed first in the essay competition at the Hawera Show.

Despite her academic prowess, Jean wasn’t totally happy at school. “The expectations of me were too high,” she explained.

In 1934, Jean Sandel began studies at the Medical School at Otago University aided by a national scholarship, and she finally graduated MB ChB in 1939.

Yet, she admitted to Reverend Tom Woods, the minister at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, and his wife Patricia, she found her medical studies, “a struggle” – mostly due a certain male chauvinistic attitude towards women studying to become doctors at that time.

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But was he registered?

A man alleged to have committed sex crimes against children in Australia was presumed dead has actually been teaching in New Zealand for 40 years.

A teacher accused of abusing boys he taught in Tasmania in the late 1960s, has been found living in the Manawatu more than four decades after he evaded arrest and quit Australia.

Ronald Thomas, 77, has retired after teaching in New Zealand for four decades, The Australian newspaper reported.

The New Zealand Teachers’ Council confirmed he had taught here, and was seeking his file.

New Zealand police were also investigating whether he had been the subject of complaints.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse was told he habitually and violently abused boys when he was a young music teacher at Hobart’s elite Hutchins School in the late 1960s.

Police had given evidence he confessed to child abuse in 1970, but fled to South Africa days before he could be arrested, ending the investigation.

The commission later named Thomas, as it considered he had died.    Read more »

Face of the day

Rachael ' Serious ' Smalley

Rachel ‘ Serious ‘ Smalley

Rachel Smalley says it’s not OK.

What is she talking about?

Domestic violence?

Islamic Extremism?

That murdering Pedophile being returned to us from Brazil?

Nope, none of the above.

She, as a ‘ serious, ‘ journalist has decided that Cameron (a Journalist ) should not communicate with the PM by text and that the PM should not be communicating by text with him. Why? Well her reasoning is outlined in an article filled with defamation. Every accusation she makes against Cam is defamatory and a smear. No doubt she is secure in the knowledge that if Nicky Hager can get way with unproven allegations  after using a Journalist’s stolen correspondence, then so can she.

She revels in her freedom of speech and says what ever nasty unproven things that she likes about Cameron. He, however in her opinion does not have that same right. If he attacks someones character then that is toxic behaviour and he should be stopped but it is quite OK for her to say things like….

…the country’s most ruthless blogger, the man who stops at nothing to attack, undermine or manipulate anyone who opposes the National Party

vile revelations that came out about Slater and the frightening ways with which he tried to shut people down, people who opposed the National Party or people who were critical of it

Of course ‘ serious ‘ journalists should be free to talk about about Cameron Slater all that they like. They are allowed to talk to him, interview him, text him, get stories off him and write about him because Cameron Slater is money in the bank. Cameron Slater sells dead tree media and Cameron Slater ups readership, viewership. listenership and ratings. Let’s face it no matter what adjectives you use to describe him he has the readership, he has the influence and maddeningly ,unlike ‘ serious ‘ journalist Smalley he has access to the PM’s ear although John Key will probably now throw him under the bus like he did Judith Collins. Key is nothing if not pragmatic. He will do whatever it takes to shut down attacks from the Media on himself or his government.

The Labour party’s Andrew Little is fortunate that the MSM are not interested in Left Wing Blogger Josh Forman and his Blog Slightly Left of Centre. If they were they could attack him for his Deputies close relationship with him. They could ask Annette for a copy of her texts to Josh and ask when she was last in contact with him. They could find out who leaked the e-mail between him and Cameron to Annette so that it could be used to try to frame questions to John Key in the house.They could do a little research and discover that Josh lost his job this week for leaking information to the Labour Party.

In fact it has all the ingredients for a great scandal but there is only one problem with this tale of Dirty Politics, it doesn’t suit their agenda.

The Standard have gone so far as to state that Josh Forman and his Blog are actually both Cameron Slater. I really don’t know where Cameron finds the time. Just being him is enough work but being Josh and writing a whole other Blog as well, that’s just CRAZY talk but that is The Standard for you.

I am sure that Josh Forman right now, is wishing that he was, just a figment of Cameron’s imagination. He thought he was so clever trying to Trojan horse, New Zealand’s most popular Blogger.

Nothing personal Josh, it’s just politics, under the bus you go.

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Concrete Cancer Coverup, Ctd

Photo of Drymix’s Vietnamese cement producer Vicem Bimson’s site

Photo of Drymix’s Vietnamese cement producer Vicem Bimson’s site

Over the last few weeks we have been exposing a concrete cancer cover-up within the $400m New Zealand concrete market.

In October, WOBH exposed the risk that dozens of new structures could be under threat of ‘concrete cancer’ as a result of cement importer company Drymix allowing tens of thousands of tonnes of cement that failed to meet recognised industry standards, onto the NZ market.

We know Drymix hired private investigators to try and find out who was behind an anonymous filer exposing concerns about concrete cancer affecting buildings.

Then with unease growing within the construction sector about what buildings could be affected, the Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) dived into the quicksand and started defending Drymix – despite acknowledging that Drymix had ‘imported cement which was found to have raised levels of alkali content’.

Instead of advising potentially affected parties that the cement used in recent builds such as the Government’s $40m Manukau District Court upgrade could be compromised, CCANZ has surprised industry insiders by backing Drymix.   Read more »

Are you a NZ politician? Do you have the stones to do what needs to be done?

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I received this e-mail recently. It raises a very good point.

Message: Message for SB. You’re so, SO absolutely right about the
muslim issue. I’m NOT a poster, though I have been reading WO for a
couple of years, and esp since Cam’s series in Israel, have become a
serious student of ‘the problem’. The UK is just about finished, as is
much of Europe, and most people here are oblivious to the threat. I
think we must find a political or influential figure who will start
the ball rolling and rally what is no less than the defence of western
civilisation, because otherwise (like the Roman empire) it will be
gobbled up and destroyed by this monster, in this case, Islam. What a
world to leave for our children and grandchildren! Any idea how we can
go about this? Any candidates for the role?

Is there a politician out there who will protect New Zealand? It will require them to pop their head above the parapet and to as Cameron says, ” Cop a flogging ” in the media. Look at how Cameron has personally had the MSM ‘ Gunning for him ‘ with his views that run counter to theirs. It will take a very brave politician indeed to point out the obvious but un popular view that we already have underway a serious threat to democracy and our way of life.

Anyone who tells the truth, who points out what is happening in other Western countries will be accused of racism and worse.

The only thing this Politician can be sure of is that they will have the support of this Blog and will get a fair hearing and balanced reporting  from Freed.

Is there anyone out there?

Anyone?

 

 

Face of the day

Pippa Doyle

Pippa Doyle

One of New Zealand’s most secretive military organisations has opened its high-security doors for a 93-year-old woman.

Tonight, it was a meeting of war heroes when New Zealand’s Victoria Cross winner Willie Apiata kissed 93-year-old Pippa Doyle, one of the great if unknown secret agents of World War II.

Apiata was in the audience as Pippa – otherwise known as Phyllis Latour Doyle – received France’s highest decoration: the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur, the Legion of Honour (knight class).

 DAVID WHITE/Fairfax NZ TOP HONOUR: The Legion of Honour medal which was presented to Pippa Doyle.


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TOP HONOUR: The Legion of Honour medal which was presented to Pippa Doyle.

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