Is there anything that Kim Dotcom won’t steal?

Kim Dotcom is wanted in the US on copyright, money laundering and racketeering charges.

He claims he is innocent and hasn’t stolen a thing, nor made any money from stolen works.

But it isn’t just the US studio who he thieves from, it appears he has also directly stolen or plagiarised the BBC’s award wining show Top Gear.

On 21 November 2004 Top Gear went to air with episode 5 in series 5. In that episode was a piece where Jeremy Clarkson had to drive a diesel Jaguar S-type around the Nurburgring in under 10 minutes.

After much practice, Clarkson took a diesel Jaguar S-Type around the N√ľrburgring at 9:59, just under ten minutes. His instructor, Sabine Schmitz, exclaimed ‚ÄúI could do that in a van‚ÄĚ. She then took the Jaguar out and recorded a lap time much quicker on her first try, at 9:12.

At the¬†start of the¬†clip was an overview of the Nurburgring by Clarkson. ¬† Read more »

Anger grows over employees being docked pay when customer steals

This story popped up yesterday, where a Masterton Gull/Night and Day francise had been docking workers’ pay every time a customer filled up with petrol and drove off without paying.

Angry customers are calling for a boycott of service stations which dock workers for customer drive-offs.

The calls came after it was revealed today that at least four low-paid workers at Masterton’s Night ‘n Day store, which also operates a Gull service station, were docked hundreds of dollars in wages after customers fled without paying.

Masterton Night n’ Day franchisee¬†Nick Lucas¬†did not respond to questions today on whether he would scrap the controversial¬† policy of charging staff for drive-offs, which he defended yesterday as standard industry practice.

Both Gull’s and Night n’ Day’s head offices were distancing themselves from the controversy.

“It doesn’t read well and our sympathies are with the staff members, it’s not our policy and it’s not Night n’ day policy that’s been implemented here,” said Gull New Zealand general manager¬†Dave Bodger.

Night n’ Day chief executive¬†Tony Allison¬†thought it likely he would be encouraging Lucas to drop the policy.

Meanwhile, workers at other companies said they had been docked pay for drive-offs. A worker at a Hutt Valley Caltex station, who asked not to be named, said he had been docked between $50 and $150 five or six times in two years. “I asked my boss, how are we supposed to stop the drivers? And he said… you’ve got to try to do your best to stop them getting off the forecourt.” He sometimes worried about his safety chasing drive-offs down the road, he said. “But you don’t want to pay for the drive-off so you just try and catch them.”

Neither the Caltex station nor its head office responded to requests for comment.

When there is employee negligence, I can understand it. ¬†But there are drive-offs at every petrol station all over the country, and most of those are situation where staff are dealing with customers and they are doing the job they are meant to do. ¬†How they are supposed to close the till, run out of the building and stop a car that drives away is beyond me. ¬† Read more »


MEDIA ADVISORY: Glenn Greenwald is a fraud

I’m getting sick of having to do your job for you. ¬† Why are you calling Greenwald a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist? ¬†He’s nothing of the sort. ¬†Five minutes of research would have told you that.

Step 1:  Go to and search for his name.

Would you be surprised to find he doesn’t come up as a winner?

Step 2: Check what he has actually won:


Yes, but Cam, you say, he was working for the organisation that won a Pulitzer.

So was the receptionist. ¬†And the guy cleaning out the toilets. ¬†I don’t think they go around claiming themselves Pulitzer prize winners.

Step 3: Search a bit deeper (by the way, this is what a REAL email looks like) ¬† Read more »

Dud judge buys Maori privilege story to save royal ratbag from conviction

Being a member of the bro-racracy and Maori royalty has paid off for for a royal ratbag who has escaped conviction because one day he may be the Maori King…a made up position of now real standing.

The son of Maori King Tuheitia Paki has been discharged without conviction today on charges of burglary, theft and drink driving, after his defence successfully argued a conviction would ruin his chances of succeeding to the throne.

Korotangi Paki, 19, had previously pleaded guilty to all the charges, which related to two separate incidents dating from March this year and October 2013.

His drink driving charge — in which he blew a reading almost double the legal adult alcohol level — was only revealed in court today after Judge Philippa Cunningham lifted a suppression order.

Defence for Paki, Paul Wicks QC, said the consequences of a conviction would outweigh the seriousness of the crime, because it would render the teen — who will become a father in September — ineligible for the role of king.

However, police prosecutor F. Gul Qaisrani, opposed a discharge without conviction, saying it would send the wrong message to society. ¬† Read more »

Anonymous Labour donors are getting nervous

A lonely David Cunliffe waitsAndrew Geddis writes

… if you go back to the¬†financial returns¬†from political parties for 2007, there is listed a donation to Labour of $150,000 from “Palmer Theron, Solicitors, on behalf of an undisclosed client” (as well as two other donations of $50,000 and $30,000 from other law firms on behalf of similarly “undisclosed clients”). For balance, you might also note that in that year National reported $40,000 in anonymous donations, as well as $513,000 from three trusts that it had been using to launder donations previously. Read more »

Three strikes for Maori King’s son?

A reader writes

Hi Cam,

King Tuheitia’s reported approach is quite refreshing. Solid leadership to make his son front up and not apply for name suppression.

Even better would be for the King to support ACT’s three strikes for burglary policy.

I won’t hold my breath, however.

If implemented, Korotangi Paki’s two burglary convictions, now entered, would mean that if he is convicted of burgling again it will be 3 years in the big house for the ratbag.

Let’s hope he mends his ways and straighten’s up – for al our sake, but also for the sake of the child he has recently sired.

I tell you what, I would support a Maori king that got behind a 3 strikes policy for burglary.

By the time you get your 3rd conviction, you’re either no mate of Darwin’s or you made a clear decision to take the risks.

Either way, bye bye.

Maori King gets his wish: No name suppression for his son

via Newstalk ZB

via Newstalk ZB

Second in line to throne behind his hotel smashing brother, Maori Prince Korotangi Paki pleads guilty to charges of burglary.

Newstalk ZB reports

The Maori King’s son Korotangi Paki has pleaded guilty to burglary and theft charges.

Korotangi Paki stood in the Auckland District Court surrounded by an entourage led by the King’s spokesman Tuku Morgan. Read more »

Do people like this have a place in politics?

A high-profile political figure has won the right to keep details of his divorce secret after a judge ruled he was a “vulnerable person”.

His messy divorce case included allegations of espionage, infidelity, dognapping, theft, the involvement of three Queen’s Counsel, and a disputed allegation the man grabbed or touched his wife’s neck, tried to kick in the door of their home and shouted abuse at her.

The couple were involved in a protracted legal battle through the Family Court. The ex-wife has sought the right to speak publicly and to her friends about the break-up, but the husband has fought to keep the dispute secret.

How can anyone be a high profile political figure and at the same time “vulnerable”.

If you enter politics, you get to make judgements about other people.  You get to influence policy.  You get to make decisions over the careers, lives and families.  This person, at the very least, should have no say or influence over many political policy areas.

But how can we make sure someone that kicks in the door and “grabbed or touched” his wife’s neck is kept well away? ¬†Why the code of silence?

It seems to be an upside-down situation to have someone who has alleged involvement in espionage and theft in a high profile position in a political party be protected from public scrutiny and the public’s judgement as to this person’s suitability. ¬† Read more »

Stealing is fine, as long as you mean well

Cate Broughton reports on a theft:

A Loburn woman who stole a husky dog from Queenstown has not been prosecuted.

The woman, whom police say had good intentions, has been given a pre-charge warning after the incident.

But owner Ryan Watt says the decision is a “joke”.

“Getting a slap on the wrist just tells people, ‚Äėgo on, help yourself’,” he said.

The woman had been holidaying in Queenstown and says she was concerned the dog, named Wolf, spent his days chained to a small kennel. She also said his coat was so matted he was unable to lift his leg properly.

“We have never done anything like this before,” she said.

“We acted on impulse, taking the law into our own hands, and we understand that it wasn’t the right thing to do, but a dog needs a lot more than simply food, water and shelter.”

What do the Police think about this? ¬† Read more »


I knew nuffink, I was just providing storage…bullshit

Billy Big Steps should get used to wearing orange

Billy Big Steps should get used to wearing orange

This is the standard defence of Kim Dotcom¬†from his apologists and publicists and biographers…it goes something like this.

He is not storing the files, he is providing space with a set of rules to be used. The users of that space have a choice to follow the rules or not and store legitimate data or store illegal files etc.

He receives take down notices and acts on them. What else is he supposed to do?

Would you like Google to shut down as well?

Followed by this:

What do you mean by theft and copyright infringement? Do you also wish for the owners of YouTube to be lynched for providing a medium of copyright infringement? Or are you referring to the false accusations of years ago? About the trial that the US has delayed numerous times, assumingly because they have no real evidence against him after illegally stealing his property under no warrant after bribing Key? Again, I can tell your hearts are in the right place, but your government is the true enemy of the people. NZ, US, wherever. They’re all tyrannies, US especially. ¬† Read more »