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Will Winston support the Greens with a new Leader?

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Greens? Don’t even eat them for dinner, why would I go into government with them

 

There is almost no way the Greens can get into government without Winston Peters letting them.

This basic fact is ignored by all in the liberal elite media, and no one has bothered to sit down with Winston and ask him whether he will let the Greens into government.   Read more »

Russel Norman resigns as co-leader of the Green Taliban

A picture paints a thousand words:

A beaming Metiria Turei watches on as Russel Norman falls on his sword   Picture/ Felix Marwick, Twitter

A beaming Metiria Turei watches on as Russel Norman falls on his sword Picture/ Felix Marwick, Twitter

Russel Norman announced his resignation at 11am this morning in what Green sources tell me was really a bloodless coup.

Expect the male leadership role to now pass to Kevin Hague who has been plotting this move for some time.

Because of the way the Green constitution is worded this has been a bit of superb low bastardry from Kevin Hague.

Hague has consistently topped members votes in the Greens to retain his current number three spot and the Green constitution requires a vote from the members for leader…one Kevin Hague would have won easily after the Greens disappointing result in the general election.   Read more »

This is war

France is in shock. After three days of violence, fear and blood, the heart of the Republic resembled a war zone, its streets splashed with shattered glass.

The three men whose vicious purpose had shaken the pillars of the Republic, including the brothers behind the Charlie Hebdo massacre, lay dead, alongside four more innocent citizens.

But still, France cannot be sure this horror is over. The hunt continues for the accomplices of the three gunmen, including one implicated in the death of a policewoman on Thursday.

Spy agencies around the world are under pressure, as it emerged that those behind the Paris attacks were well known to authorities as al-Qaeda-trained would-be jihadists, members of a network that used to meet in a northern Paris park.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls admitted a “clear failing” in French intelligence.

First thing that happens, naturally, is for people to ask their government:  “what did you do to protect us?”    Read more »

The real public outrage against hackers will finally start when the toast burns

You think I’m kidding, don’t you?   Until hacking affects each and every one of us, isolated incidences that happen to celebrities, companies or the odd journalists aren’t going to get the outrage they deserve.

And this is when the public will be at the hackers’ mercy:

You approach your front door and the lock slides open at a prompt from your phone.

Once inside your kitchen the coffee maker springs into action and the oven is flashing up a recipe for the evening meal.

It knows what food you have because it has just been talking – by wifi – to the equally ‘smart’ fridge.

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Hackers hack pretend bank for virtual money

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What sort of world are we heading for?   The people who have been running a bank with the pretend “Bitcoin” money have been robbed.  By hackers.

Hackers have stolen more than $5 million in virtual currency from Bitstamp, a major bitcoin exchange, forcing the company to freeze user accounts, suspend trades and block deposits.

The Slovenia-based company said that fraudsters made off with 19,000 bitcoins a day before being found out, Fortune reports.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the theft or how it happened.

Bitstamp CEO Nejc Kodrič has said that his company will assume liability for all bitcoins lost prior to its warning today.

Remind me again why hackers are just harmless and their crimes victimless?   Read more »

Hate to admit it: Labour and Greens are right about New Zealand’s inequality

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There you are.

OECD data.

Hard facts.  Can’t escape them.   Read more »

Taliban step over the line and Pakistan fights back

In places like Pakistan they don’t do slacktivisim, when they get mad at people, like the Taliban cowards who killed innocent kids and teachers in a school, they get even.

And the Taliban, who once enjoyed safe havens in Pakistan are now being slaughtered…and run out of the country.

Pakistan has finally taken a stand against the terrorists.

The grief has given way to rage. Three days after Pakistan suffered its worst ever terrorist attack, with the massacre of 132 schoolchildren in Peshawar, the country has hit back.

In the tribal areas of North Waziristan and Khyber along the Afghan border, Pakistani jets strafed militant targets as troops combated militants on the ground. The military says that it has killed 77 as the assault presses on. For days, Pakistanis in major cities held candlelit vigils, placing flowers under portraits of the pupils who were killed in their school on Tuesday. Yesterday, they took to the streets to protest against pro-Taliban preachers and declare their resolve to end the threat that the militants pose.

Schools and colleges across the country have been closed until the new year. Major cities were on high alert yesterday amid fears that the Taliban will try and make good on its intention to slaughter more innocents. “We are bracing for another attack,” Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Pakistan’s Defence Minister, told The Independent.

“There are reports that Punjab and other provinces are also threatened by terrorists – particularly soft targets like schools, public places where there is low security.”    Read more »

So-called OECD report into inequality slammed by Rodney Hide

In the NBR Rodney Hide does what no mainstream journalist apparently bothered to do, actually read the co-called report by the OECD into the economy.

Andrew Little and Russel Norman were involved donkey deep in slamming the government over the “report”, but it appears they didn’t read it either.

Rodney Hide did however.

[W]hat a proposition! That inequality hampers growth.

It sounds nonsense, but is it? I thought on your behalf, dear readers, I should wrap a wet towel around my head and find out.

The first thing I noted was that it’s not an official OECD report. It’s a working paper. “The opinions expressed and arguments employed are those of the author.” “OECD Working Papers should not be reported as representing the official views of the OECD.”

Ok so not a report at all, just a working paper from some womble.

The study itself starts badly saying it’s not known whether inequality has a positive or negative effect or whether it has any effect at all. The author has no theory. There is no testable hypothesis.

Undaunted, he dives into 40 years of data across 31 countries. His trusty computer and statistical package grinds away.

Aha, out spits a result. It’s significant! But it makes no sense. Especially the bits that didn’t make news.

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Credit: SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

So, now the politicians wake up to our security issues

Martin Place gunman Sheik Man Haron Monis

Martin Place gunman Sheik Man Haron Monis

The politicians seem to have woken up to the problems facing New Zealand in the face of Islamic terrorism.

As the Police wrap up the scene in Martin Place Sydney after a nutter Muslim cleric from Iran who was on bail as accessory to murder held hostages at gunpoint they are now coming forward show their support behind recent legislation.

The MP who chaired the anti-terrorist legislation rushed through Parliament last week, Mike 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.”

Labour leader Andrew Little, who also supported the new powers, said the sorts of risks the law dealt with “are real”.

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.”

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