Russell Brown

Hackers have no ethics, but Russell Brown does. And for that I thank him.

Whaledump released a Facebook conversation that covered a lot of personal stuff about me, and more specifically my mum. She battled cancer and as these things go, it took quite a toll on the lives around her too. It’s the sort of thing you talk about with friends.

But. Hackers, in their own way, want to destroy me, so anything goes.

Publicaddress told off whaledump: because there’s lots of personal stuff in the chats (e.g. about cam’s mum)

Dirty Politics ‏@DirtyPoliticsNZ 5m
Links to recent @whaledump release have been retracted.In the process of sifting through the info to create own link with relevant info only

Idiot/Savant ‏@norightturnnz 31m
Dear @whaledump there is no public interest in “exposing” people talking about their ill parents.

Mark Hubbard ‏@MarkHubbard33 37m
Unfollowed @whaledump Yes, #dirtypolitics uncovered by Hager is dreadful, Whale should blog off, but that account is juvenile & as bad.

Although Idiot Savant is a ranty lefty he shows he has compassion too.   Read more »

Steven Joyce just went up a teeny, tiny, bit in my estimation

Pots, pans and pannier bags blogger Russell Brown has blogged about Steven Joyce.

In a departure from blogging about cooking or sad old gits pretending to be hip with the kids on music and net stuff, he attacks Steven Joyce.

The first time I saw Steven Joyce speak to an audience, he was a prize prick. Indeed, I can’t recall a senior politician being as openly contemptuous of a crowd as Joyce was opening the second day of NetHui 2011. It was astonishing.

I’d be more than openly contemptuous of those bunch of smelly hipsters spending days on end talking and achieving mot much at all, ever.

The second time was last month, when he spoke at the launch of a new business service, to an audience of banking and business people. He was relaxed and wrly humorous, transgressing only in the frequency with which he used the opportunity to campaign for votes.   Read more »

Labour’s Nigella Lawson omnishambles dominates social media

Dr Rajen Prasad’s Nigella Lawson brain fart has animated many on Twitter and Facebook

His own Labour colleagues started to scramble for safety


Media people were astonished…


Pots ‘n Pans and Pannier Bags wades in trying to run damage control and teach Prasad a lesson in being more precise when making up policy on the hoof Read more »

Groucho Marx’s Labour party


This accurately sums up the state of the Labour party.

You can see the evidence of this in their ham-fisted attacks and smears on Judith Collins and now John Key. Aided by their pals in the compliant media, like Patrick Gower and Corin Dann they really are making a mockery of politics, their party and journalism.

The excuse making and justifications of Gower’s recent behaviour in Shanghai, by journalists like Russell Brown, just make that sort of scurrilous reporting available to all.

I look forward to Patrick Gower invading the office of Selwyn Pellett and rummaging his drawers, fridge and bookshelves looking for evidence of his cozy relationship with Labour and the unions. Of course that won’t happen.

Since the departure of Helen Clark the party has been stagnant, and now since the arrival of the entirely false and contrived David Cunliffe in freefall in the polls. The current state of the Labour party can be sheeted home entirely to the legacy of Helen Clark.  Read more »

The sanctimony of Russell Brown

I see Pots, pans and pannier bags blogger Russell Brown is falling over himself to criticise online bullies in the wake of Charlotte Dawson’s death.

He was another who intimated, when the West Coast ferals were attacking me,  he would never condone death threats, BUT….  Read more »

Russell Brown on Labour’s propensity to aim for their feet

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Pots, pans and pannier bags blogger Russell Brown blogs about Labour’s dreadful week last week, almost entirely self inflicted.

I really don’t think Labour leader David Cunliffe had a cunning plan to hide the fine print print of his party’s Best Start policy from the public last week. Because, frankly, making a statement about how many families would be covered by the baby bonus that is contradicted by the policy paper you’ve posted on the internet is just too dumb to be a cunning plan.

Even Patrick Gower, who kicked off the story with a blog post declaring that Labour had been “deliberately misleading” and “dishonest” in not being clear that families already in receipt of paid parental leave (which Labour is promising to extend to six months) would not be eligible for the newborn payment of $60 a week subsequently started referring to it as a mistake. (After all, if you’re going to perform a bait-and-switch, it’s customary to wait until you’re safely elected, not do it on the same day.)

Allowing double-dipping would have have been inappropriate – indeed, that was the first criticism aired about the new policy by David Farrrar, when he thought that’s what the policy said. But although the URL for the full policy document had been noted in the material given out to journalists, the limit on eligibility wasn’t mentioned in the printed material or Cunliffe’s speech.

Thus, John Key and his ministers have had a week to smugly declare that Cunliffe couldn’t be taken at his word.  Read more »

A whole new scoop on Scoop, and it’s all bad

When you become “a person of interest” to the Whaleoil team, we crawl up your business with a fine tooth comb.  Ok, that’s awful, but you know what I’m getting at.

It was as part of looking into the Internet Party and Alastair Thompson that we’ve noticed something odd about Scoop Media’s web site:

But before I jump ahead of myself, let’s have a look at some hard data using Alexa as an independent source.  Neither Scoop Media nor I have the ability to influence what this service captures about our web sites.

First, this is what Alexa has to say about Whaleoil


That’s about right.

You can see the Len Brown spike, and the subsequent residual audience we have retained from it.  And you can see the dips around Christmas and New Year.

And, when competing against the likes of TradeMe, Google and Facebook, we still come in at 54th most visited site in New Zealand.

Notice our world-wide rank has improved nearly 3000 spots to 43,000-ish.  43,000th most popular site in the world.  Pretty irrelevant to us, but keep that number in mind.

Next, we look at   Read more »

Twitter knows what you’re up to @dpfdpf

Facebook and Twitter have scarily good matching algorithms.  They know when you’ve been in contact with other people in some way, and often suggest these people must therefore be your friends.

I think it’s time David Farrar comes clean about his work for Dotcom with regards to the Internet Party.

It’s right here, in black and white (and some colour)

via Twitter

via Twitter

Of course, we already know the fitness and lifestyle blogger is a raging pinko, but to go as far as  consulting for Kim Dotcom…

…et tu, Brute?

You can expect a mandatory appearance at the next VRWC disciplinary tribunal… to confirm your lifetime ban for consorting with the enemy

The Uncle Bully Syndrome

I have watched with increasing incredulity as the left wing and Maori have rounded on the kid who posted a video of a drunk 9 year old on Youtube and attacked him and his integrity…blaming him for all sorts of crimes in their mind ignoring the fact that there was a 9 year Maori kid drunk in a skate park, clearly without any supervision or anyone remotely interested in his wellbeing.

Tau Henare had a rush of stupid:

Then there was this woman:

Then the left wing apologists like kitchen-ware blogger Russell Brown who was angry that someone was using social media to highlight an issue…which Cactus Kate pointed out he’d spent all day talking about himself. Russell Brown even went on a social media witch hunt against Bradley Goudie taking screenshots of his Facebook.   Read more »

Bugger, all that extreme weather last year was…well..unextreme

Brazilian Typhoon

One of the thing apologists and promotors of global warming, or climate change or whatever they want to call it say when confronted with facts is to point at “increasing extreme weather events” and tell us rather apocalyptically that we can expect more.

Like most things they say those too are lies. I wonder how long before Kitchen and Cookware blogger Russell Brown, hate speech blogger and part time real estate agent Martyn Bradbury and our favourite arts and travel blogger David Farrar catch up. They are the real deniers now.

Time Magazine explains how the “extreme weather events” of 2013 were not even close to extreme.

Weather has been dominating the news cycle the past several days, as much of the U.S. has suffered through record-breaking cold. But while it might seem as if we’ve all been sucked into a polar vortex of weather news, 2013 was punctuated by coverage of major natural disasters like Supertyphoon Haiyan in November, massive floods in India in June and the Category 5 tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma in May. No wonder so many people felt that extreme weather was on the rise.

Except that wasn’t the case—at least not in 2013. The reinsurance company Munich Re came out with its annual assessment of natural disasters, and found that 2013 was an unusually quiet year. Catastrophes like floods and storms claimed more than 20,000 lives around the world, and caused more than $125 billion in damages. While that’s clearly a lot—and the number of deaths from disasters rose over 2012—both figures are well below the 106,000 in deaths and $184 billion in losses that were experienced on average over the past decade. Though the total number of loss-causing catastrophes—880—was above the average over the past 10 years, the damages in both financial and human terms was less. “There was no large-scale natural catastrophe event in 2013,” said Carl Hedde, head of risk accumulation for Munich Re.   Read more »