Russel Norman

Why aren’t the Greens standing up for civil liberties in this case?

Theft costs New Zealand retailers $2 million a day, but a new company called Eyedentify is confident its cloud-based software can help tackle the problem.

The software helps police and retailers share information about thieves so they can work out who is most likely to strike, as well as where, when and even which products they’ll target.

“We’ve been working with retailers and police across the country now for over a year,” says Eyedentify chief executive Phil Thomson. “We’ve had some really good success in identifying the repeat offenders who are hitting multiple stores and multiple retailers.”

Like the movie Minority Report, the idea is to gather information and use it to strike before a crime is committed.

That’s profiling. ¬†And race will be part of the profiling stats. ¬†And it is going to get shared around. Read more »

TV3’s love affair with the green party continues unabated

Headline and graphic:

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Oddly enough, none of the online article mentions the Greens at all. ¬†Makes you wonder why they were in the headline, especially as the story isn’t about them. ¬† Read more »

The Greens only have one position – not yours

What does my head in is that there is no consistency to it. ¬†Russel Norman’s idea of opposition politics is to just be against everything. ¬†Of course, they wisely shut up in the weeks leading up to the election. ¬†Then it was all about green planets and lovely children and turtle doves.

But now that’s over, he’s back onto his normal plan: ¬†What can I be against today?

Tova O’Brien digs up an old story, that was already a non-story then, and sits it up long enough to give Russel Norman a bunch of sound bites. ¬†This is about something that happened over a month ago, and now Russel is…

OUTRAGED

Prime Minister John Key knew exactly what was coming in the election’s much-lauded ‘Moment of Truth’.

He had prepared in advance.

“He’s given access to those documents in order to protect national security and then he chose to release them for the benefit of the National Party in the heat of an election campaign,” says Green Party co-leader Russel Norman.

When¬†journalist¬†Glenn Greenwald revealed¬†Project Speargun¬†‚Äď a plan by GCSB spies to tap¬†New Zealand’s¬†main data cable and suck up communications en masse ‚Äď the Prime Minister retaliated with spy documents of his own, showing Speargun was looked into but scrapped. Read more »

The Green Taliban cost us the blunt end of a Billion dollars, and counting…

That ‘nice’ Mr Norman and his Labour sidekicks¬†cost this country a fair amount of money

Of all the MPs who might have asked awkward questions about National’s state asset sales programme, few would have guessed it would be the leader of the party which would have happily sold the lot.

A year to the day since the NZX debut of Meridian, the largest of the partial sales, ACT leader David Seymour delivered his first question in the House on Wednesday, with the pace of a 13-year-old giving a reading he couldn’t wait to be over.

But in asking about the rising share prices of the former state-owned electricity companies, he raised an issue which every other politician now seems unwilling to ask out loud.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been accrued by investors since the sales, especially since start of September.

The issue deserves another public hearing, as since it became clearer that National would govern again, those who purchased the shares have seen their investments boom, as the market reassesses what they are worth under John Key.

Seymour meant to make an attack on just the Opposition for its attempts to undermine the sales through the threat of regulation, NZ Power. Instead he raised a wider point.

How much did the political folly – from both sides of the House – cost the taxpayers, who as Seymour pointed out, will have to make up the difference?

Well, we lost a cool bil in actual sale income for the government to use to, oh, I don’t know, assist with housing or child poverty,say. ¬†And all the investors that were scared away lost out on earning their share of the gains. ¬†Gains that are now going to the very institutional investors that the Green Taliban wanted to prevent getting fat at the expense of every day mum and dad investors. ¬† Read more »

Text of the day

Russel Norman is determined to score a hit on John Key and has pledged to ask him question after question about Cameron Slater.

Yesterday a Black Ops operative ( Wellington branch ) ‘ obtained ‘ a copy of the following text.

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Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Face of the day

Russel Norman

Russel Norman

Norman pledges to keep on at PM

New Zealanders expect their Prime Minister to be open, Green Party co-leader Russel Norman says as he pledges to keep asking John Key questions about blogger Cameron Slater.

“The Prime Minister has had a very close relationship with Cameron Slater, who has been engaged in some very unsavoury things.

“I think the people of New Zealand have got a right to know what he’s been up to.”

-RadioNZ

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Face of the day

Introducing the Minister in charge of PM surveillance

His royal Greenness, Russel ‘ How many times did you call Whaleoil ? ‘ Norman.

Russel Norman

Russel Norman

 

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?

-nzdoctor.co.nz

The best strategy when you find you are flogging a dead horse is to dismount

Yes Russel, it's dead

Yes Russel, it’s dead

A wise bloke I know has a saying, one that I use often.

He says to people who seek out his business advice, usually too late I might add, that when you find yourself flogging a dead horse, then the best strategy is to dismount, and find another horse.

Which brings me to Russel Norman and his pathetic and I might add in some case defamatory attacks on me in parliament.

Did he not see the election results?

Of course the complicit media, and yes they are complicit as time will show, of course jumped in boots and all.

Heat on PM over Slater links¬†–¬†3News NZ
PM refuses to answer Slater questionsRadio New Zealand
Key under more pressure over links with bloggerTVNZ¬† Read more »

Ongoing conspiracy

Once everything is out in the open, it will be clear that Dirty Politics was part of a much larger criminal conspiracy.

The involvement in this is so wide-ranging that it surprises me that the Greens and TV3 have revived the issue by putting pressure on John Key in the house and then, of course, whipping it into a storm in the ‘media’

The Prime Minister has had the heat put on him by Opposition parties about his relationship with Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater during the first question time since the Dirty Politics book was published.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman led the attack on John Key, asking him how many times he had spoken to or sent text messages to Slater since November 2008.

“None in my capacity as Prime Minister,” Mr Key replied.

“I think it’s been well-established in this House for a long period of time that Prime Ministers wear a variety of different hats ‚Äď that includes as leader of the National Party, and can include as a citizen.

“I happen, for the record, to use my ministerial service-funded cellphone to ring my wife. When I ring my darling wife and I put the cat out at night, I do that in my capacity as a husband, not as Prime Minister.”

Investigative journalist Nicky Hager’s book, released in August, drew connections between Slater and a National Party staff members and Ministers.

The book says Slater was fed information from National Party sources to use in attack posts on his blog.

The book has no proof. ¬†Only inferences. ¬†That doesn’t stop the media from pretending it is hard fact.

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