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Awesome! Bali holidays to get cheaper and less Aussies too

Apparently the Aussies are all expressing faux outrage because some drug smuggling ratbags got ventilated.

They want to boycott Bali now.

Australians outraged by the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are cancelling their travel plans to Bali.

Melbourne father Malcolm Sheridan had been planning to visit the popular tourist destination with his family in June, but he’s now keeping his travel plans local.

Mr Sheridan said it was the only thing he could do to send a message to the Indonesian government.

“It’s quite barbaric what’s happened over there,” he told AAP on Wednesday.   Read more »

Dud judge and a piss weak justice system let down victims

It is cases like this that show up the gullibility of our judges, and our dud criminal friendly justice system.

A fraudster who stole $5000 from Facebook customers to repay nearly $20,000 in TradeMe rip-offs claimed she didn’t realise she’d “done it again”.

Harriet Heather Anne Dale, 24, committed another $5000 worth of frauds before she was caught again, and she now faces a total reparation bill of more than $20,000.

Christchurch District Court Judge David Saunders’ assessment was that Dale was “living in La-La Land”, but he granted her a seven-month home detention term in place of a jail sentence.

He noted she had a five-year-old son who was cared for by her parents because she had been unable to cope, and she was again pregnant, and facing a sizeable reparations bill.    Read more »

Dotcom’s employment antics being revealed in court

Remember way back when I said that staff of the Dotcom’s were being ripped off and paid less than the minimum wage?

What readers don’t know is when I found out about their predicament and that of the security guards I took my concerns to Matt McCarten. I have done that before for other workers and always got action. I loathe dead beat employers who rip staff off. I thought I was doing the right thing, so I was surprised when there was no action. I couldn’t believe it at the time.

Then of course along came Dirty Politics, and Matt McCarten was there int eh forefront as the Chief of Staff for the Labour party, and still is. Of course Mana also got into bed with Dotcom and so now it isn’t a surprise at all that Matt McCaretn did nothing to help those workers because he too was in bed with Kim Dotcom.

The left-wing ratbags threw vulnerable workers under the political bus to suit their own greedy needs for power.

Now it is all playing out in court, where it isn’t a union helping these vulnerable workers but a caring business man who was approached by them to help out.

Victoria Young at the NBR reports:

An employment dispute between the Dotcoms and their former employees is dragging out as the estranged couple fight the claim.

The German giant and wife Mona are fighting allegations that they underpaid household staff employed in the Dotcom mansion.

The three household employees, Panfilo Orduna Junior, John Ryan Tactaquin and Ruth Nolasco Relleve, who have returned to the Philippines, first made public the allegations in September last year.

The allegations reported by current affairs show Third Degree are that Mr Dotcom and his wife Mona did not pay them the wages they were entitled to. The trio say that, after the raid when the Dotcoms’ assets were frozen, they worked long hours and were not properly compensated. They told the TV show they were upset that Mr Dotcom had $3.5 million to fund the Internet Party but had not settled this dispute.

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Ok so now we know Gerry reads Whaleoil

Everyone knows that I am no fan of the salad-dodging, pie scoffing Gerry Brownlee.

However it has become apparent that he is an avid reader of Whaleoil, using the word “ratbags” (at 3:27) in parliament in answering terrorist enabler Phil Goff.

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What is Lawrence Yule doing about this dodgy developer?

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The disgraceful slum being created in Totara St, Hastings needs to be dealt with. the man who should deal with it is Lawrence Yule, Hastings Mayor and Local Government NZ Chair. His council gave a dodgy developer permission to break the law by putting three terrible houses on a section that did not comply with density regulations.

The ratbag developer who moves properties onto sections without resource consent and without compliance has a track record of breaking the law. Here is a list of slum properties created with dilapidated old houses moved on in high density and rented out cheaply.     Read more »

A good judge slams graffiti ratbag in clink overnight

Judge Tony Adeane would have been called a ‘hanging judge’ back in the day.

Yesterday he slammed a ratbag charged with graffiti offences in the clink overnight ahead of sentencing today.

Tagging the foyer of the court housing a judge known for his loathing of taggers is not the smartest thing to do.

It’s an observation Adam Kelliher might have been considering as he spent last night in a prison cell after appearing before Judge Tony Adeane in Napier District Court yesterday.

The duty solicitor for the day, James Rainger, could be seen flinching as Kelliher, 20, was called before the judge.

Rainger told the judge Kelliher wanted to plead guilty and noted that, due to “the court’s view of this type of offending, he could be at risk of prison here”.

At which point the judge asked to see a summary of Kelliher’s offending.

Rainger said: “You might want to, sir . . . well, you may not want to.”    Read more »

Ratbag Rhys Coffin says he will pay outstanding wages by Friday, let’s see if he does

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RATBAG: Rhys Coffin

Rip-off ratbag Rhys Coffin reacted quickly after our first post about him appeared here on Monday.

Within hours he had emailed one former We Love Media Group staff member – owed $6k – to update him. Amazing as there had been no contact since mid-December.

At 12.01pm, the following was received:

“I have been trying to get hold of people in my network over the christmas break who can help me to get cashflow in so this can be resolved and I’m at work today to continue with this. I will have a concrete outcome this week. 

“Will keep you updated.”

Fifteen minutes later, another email followed:

“UPDATE

“I’ve got hold of 2 debtors just now and have set up meetings to collect funds for we and thurs. Will update as I know.

“There is $10k outstanding FYI”  

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Ratbag Rhys Coffin talks the big game, but his staff are owed thousands in unpaid wages

RATBAG: Rhys Coffin

RATBAG: Rhys Coffin

There’s a guy in Pukekohe, south of Auckland, who touts himself as an internet entrepreneur and says he is trying to build a nationwide digital community news network.

While the concept he promotes of “community-good” seems a positive one, the man himself is rapidly building a reputation as a “shady” operator.

At least four people employed by Rhys Coffin’s company We Love Media Group are owed money – in one case almost $6000 in unpaid salary.

Rhys Benton Coffin promotes himself on Linkedin.com as “working on exciting projects in news media, Māori Business Development and internet marketing”.

But questions are being raised by former staff, some employed only recently, who believe Coffin is, at best, shady, and at worst, a liar.

One has been waiting patiently since the end of July for “regularly promised” payment of almost $6000 after being appointed editor of We Love Manukau and We Love Papakura.

He was also promised a shareholding in We Love Manukau when the company was formed.

Two others, more recently employed as salespeople, have already severed contact with Coffin after receiving not a red cent.

This despite Coffin touting a major restructure of the group that saw three investors come aboard.

In fact, those investors saw the possibilities and purchased one arm of the business – We Love Pukekohe and are running it well, especially as Coffin has been relegated to a minor role in that company.

It was never their intention to bail out Coffin and We Love Media Group, rather to take over a business and run it properly.   Read more »

Well, well, well what do we have here…a little bit of truth sneaking past the keeper?

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“Mr Blomfield was untruthful” – Liquidator

So it seems one of my stories from 2012 has finally made it to the authorities. Matt Nippert reports:

Complaints about controversial businessman and bête noire of blogger Cameron Slater will be referred to the Police and the registrar of companies by a liquidator probing one of his collapsed companies. Matthew Blomfield was the sole director of property company Plan Z Investment, which collapsed on December 14, 2012 when it was unable to pay a $100,000 statutory demand. Liquidator David Petterson, of Forensic Accounting Services, in an unusually long report on Plan Z stretching to nine pages, outlined what he described as a “torturous process” to unpick the affairs of the company and concluded: “I am now of the opinion that the information I received at the start of this liquidation, provided to me by Mr Blomfield was untruthful.”

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For someone who claims to be smart he sure looks like he is dumber than a bag of hammers

Kim Dotcom is forever claiming that he invented this or that…the reality is far from ti, usually he is the used car salesman pimping the good idea as his own.

But for someone who claims he is smarter than most he sure acts as dumb as a bag of hammers.

Kim Dotcom has spoken out about his long battle over copyright with the US government and his regrets about the events that have led to his arrest ahead of his bail breach hearing on Thursday that could see him return to jail in New Zealand.

“Would I have done things differently? Of course. My biggest regret is I didn’t take the threat of the copyright law and the MPAA seriously enough,” Dotcom said via live video link from his mansion in Auckland, New Zealand at the Unbound Digital conference in London on Tuesday.

“I thought that due to court decisions we were monitoring from our competitors like RapidShare who did exactly what we did and were winning in civil court proceedings, and YouTube was winning against Viacom – our sense was that we were protected by the DMCA law.

“We never for a minute thought that anyone would bring any criminal actions against us. We had in-house legal counsel, we had three outside firms working for us who reviewed our sites, and not once had any of them mentioned any form of legal risk, so I wish I had known that there was a risk.”

Sounds like his in-house lawyers were tits and the three external firms weren’t much better. Of course given Dotcom’s history with bill paying they probably have ended up working for free…and you get the advice you pay for.

“The US government has taken all my assets up until the raid in all jurisdictions and after I invested money into the Internet Party, the MPAA sued me civilly to try to seize those assets too, so I’m officially broke right now.”

Well not all of them eh Kim? That’s why you have bail problems…some of your hidden assets have been found?   Read more »