December 2009

Some new features

I have made some changes to the blog. I have removed BuddyPress, it was causing some problems with WordPress MU.

However I have added a new feature which is shown in the toolbar now at the bottom of the page. It is the toolbar from Wibiya, a cunning, cool Israeli company, which adds closer integration to other social media platforms linking Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as providing access from the site to my Flickr and Youtube accounts. There is also a new search facility there as well.

Other cool features that will be used from time to time are the Chat and the Community Shout facilities bottom right. The Chat facility allows both textual chat as well as video and sound provided through Tinychat.

Let me know how it goes.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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The Case

Ok an update for you.

Collaboration Media

I have had quite a few contributions via email, all of them say take down the Wiki. I have decided to do that because so aspects of the defense are sounding very interesting. I still want to develop the defense using technology so I have a few suggestions.

  1. Google Wave – Live, flexible but also new and a little fandangled
  2. Google Docs – More like creating a document also has revisions provision
  3. Some other centralised sharing system.

One  reason why I decided to take down the Wiki was because frankly there are a lot of people out there who can contribute good ideas but can’t or don’t want to play with Wiki formatting. I totally understand that.

I have plenty of Wave invites for 20 or so contributers. Google Docs is easy I just add you as a share to a folder.

Let me know in the comments.

Fundraising

Will soon set up a mechanism for fundraising. I am going to fight so I may as well make a good fist of it. Again I have had more than a few willing donors, so I will get this set up as soon as possible.

Social Media

I have had an amazing amount of support via Facebook and Twitter. I think it is time to fully establish a Support Page on Facebook. Volunteer Please.

Law

One thing I have discovered is that this law is poorly written, especially Section 140. Basically you can get “hung for a lamb you didn’t steal”. I not surprised the law is a dogs bollocks because it was passed under Labour in 1985. Nevertheless it is the law that we must work with and so any contribution for suggestions we can pass onto the Law Commission for their review after this case would be useful. I believe that the law will have to be changed after this case, so let’s make it so.

Anything I have missed for this campaign or more suggestions then please let me know in the comments.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

My New Year Wish List – A Quarter Less MPs

In the UK the pending election looks like having more than a quarter of their MPs retiring for various reasons.

One quarter of the House of Commons will stand down at next election as more than 170 MPs plan to retire in the wake of the Parliamentary expenses scandal, the Daily Telegraph can disclose.

The taxpayer faces a bill of more than £10.8 million in controversial redundancy payments for the departing MPs.

The resignations will mark the biggest exodus from the House of Commons in living memory and lead to a far younger and more diverse group of MPs. The number will far surpass the 128 MPs who retired in 1945 at the end of the 10-year war Parliament.

The UK is likely to get rid of 1/4 of its existing MPs, mainly as a fall out from the expense scandal. Unfortunately they are going to be replaced with another pack of bludgers who will undoubtably find a way to vote themselves a massive pay increase so they can suck the public teat legally.

This is a real hard one, 1/4 of our parliament is not enough, and how on earth do you grade them? I reckon I could come up with a list of half of them to be exited for uselessness like would apply in a private company.

However, it did get me thinking though, if we were blessed with the opportunity to get retire 1/4 of our MPs.

  1. Green Party: All of them. A blight on society with their incessant whinging about everything. In today’s modern, permissive New Zealand no-one is willing to say “look you are a bunch of loonies who deserve to be held in contempt, not put in parliament, so fuck off”
  2. ACT: Generally had a total shocker this year, especially those behind the failed putsch to give Rodney the arse, and we would be far better off if they fell over and returned to the right wing of the Labour party where they belong. Except Rodney who can hold Epsom for as long as he cares to. Though If I were Rodney I would be getting the list sorted so the plotters are below 30 on the list.
  3. Jim Andertons Progressives: Collectively a pack of bludgers, and singly suffering from far to many “senior moments”. Lockie should end the farce, tell Jim “Bernie” Anderton to join Labour and end his taking money off the tax payers for allegedly being a party leader.
  4. United Future: Peter “Rothmans” Dunne should retire with grace before he finds his vote split and the hard working yet contemptible hypocrite Charles “Gladys” Chauvel wins Ohariu. Pinko Farrar’s expose of our mate Gladys for his comments on revenues from power companies was a highlight of 2009.
  5. Labour: Very hard to know who to retire. It would be easier to say who we should keep. Trevor “Tiger” Mallard because he is always willing to have a scrap or root another woman so gives bloggers something to look forward to blogging about. David “Blackwater” Shearer for his top quality views on use of private security forces and outsourcing. Chris “Cruising” Carter for being an easy target due to is profligate spending of taxpayers money on keeping his partner convinced he isn’t cheating on him. Carmel “Slice” Sepuloni who promises to provide bloggers with plenty of interesting stories in the next couple of years. Stuart “Mangrove” Nash, for providing hours of endless amusement for WOBH readers in his quest to usurp “Tiger” as Labour’s biggest rooter. Shane “Five Chins” Jones & Damien “Whale-rider-rider” O’Connor who are good blokes in the wrong party. David “Squeaky” Parker who showed a lot of integrity for resigning his positions over some minor companies office scandal, when he was later shown to have been clean. Not typical Labour behaviour so he deserves a long tenure. David “Silent T” Cunliffe definitely needs to stay because his massive ego is going to trip him up providing joy to all those on the right. Darren “Private Dancer” Hughes whose lack of real world experience belies a talent for making monumental errors of judgment, plus I think Labour has a quota for Rangas.
  6. Maori Party: Keep them all, WOBH likes their convictions and willingness to tell the truth, especially Honest Hone.
  7. National: Regular readers will know that WOBH has called for the resignation of “Karori” Bill English too many times to count in 2009, and Nick “Quota” Smith like a billion times also. Bill’s natural talent for really fucking things up, demonstrated by the 20.93% in the 2002 election cannot be underrated, and his expense claim faux pas were of no surprise to anyone in politics. The problem with getting Bill to think about resigning is he would likely get a treasury report done so he could think about making a decision to think about retiring, then get another report to confirm the thinking about the thinking about retirement. There are plenty others that probably could go and no-one would notice, like Lindsay “Hobbit” Tisch. Murray “Charlie Wilson” McCully has surely had his day.

Rather than retiring them it would be much more simple to reduce the numbers of politicians permanently by 1/4. I wonder what the Romans would have called this? Oh they did quadrans-imation.

In case you are wondering, some of us have been working on a Profanisaurus of nicknames for all MPs. These are just some of them. In due course the full list will be posted as the official Blogger Mafia nicknames for MPs, Commentators and bloggers.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Only in the UK

This could only happen in the UK.

Shocking driving conditions in Paignton on the busiest shopping day of the year. The car is barely moving but the hill makes stopping impossible and both people in the front of the car decide to jump out?????

The couple were warned by neighbours not to venture out that day and they were the only people to attempt to drive on that road. There were numerous pedestrians around who could barely walk on the black ice so a car really stood no chance.

It just goes to show that stupid people can’t be saved from their stupidity.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Pork Chop spotted by Whaleoil spies in Thailand

My spies have been busy and have at last found Pork Chop aka Rachel Glucina. She is in Thailand.

Pork Chop found in Thailand

Pork Chop found in Thailand

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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A refreshing change

Alfred E. Hipkins

It is nice to see a Labour Party apparatchik making the case for user pays. Who would have thought it would have been a former Clark staffer too.

Alfred E. Hipkins blogs about his recent health experience. Apart for his forlorn search for a cream to cure his Gingervitis he basically is saying lift the cap, user pays and save health dollars…and he is absolutely right.  There are numerous medications that would benefit from this, one being Elidel, which my daughter uses for Eczema, isn’t subsidised and requires a doctors prescription to obtain making it even more expensive.

Unfortunately for Alfred E. Hipkins, even though Elidel is expensive and effective against eczema it is no cure for Gingervitis.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Brilliant!

Here is a real cool story.

Clayton Marr is such a careful driver that he even indicates when turning his tractor between the rows of grapes on the family vineyard in Golden Hills Rd, Waimea West.

His skill behind the wheel is because the bar has been set higher for him, and now, according to his family, the 19-year-old has become the second – and youngest – New Zealander with Down syndrome to get a driver’s licence.

Clayton passed his learner licence test two years ago with a score of 100 per cent, and in early December he achieved an 82 per cent pass for his restricted licence.

“It’s not that hard,” he said.

Hell, some people have to sit a driving test literally hundreds of times to pass. A kid with Downs Syndrome does it first off. Just goes to show you that a handicap is no obstacle to some people.

His parents Jeff and Sophie Marr say it has been “quite a process” helping their son achieve independence, and has taken a fair bit of lateral thinking.

The building blocks were the same as for their other children, Sean, 18, and Alex, 16, who also learned to drive in a rural setting.

Clayton had ridden a motorcycle from a very young age, when the family lived at Okiwi Bay, Mr Marr said.

“When they started driving, they had `paddock cars’. If they can, all young people should learn to drive on a farm so that when they hit the road, all they have to think about is the rules.”

Clayton has learned precision driving. “Work in the vineyard means there’s only a few centimetres’ clearance down each side of the row. Clayton spends 25 hours a week on the tractor and he’s only ever run over one post,” Mr Marr said.

Mrs Marr said Clayton had an automatic “paddock car”, but kept looking at his feet on the pedals. “So Jeff took him there at night so he couldn’t see his feet.”

Wow, so cool, he is lucky he has enabling parents and siblings, I suspect that there a lot of intellectually disabled people out there who are further disabled by peoples perceptions of what they can and can’t do.

The missus and I thought that my BIL would do well to have a laptop so he could send and receive emails, plus look at Youtube for his favourite things like planes, trains and fire engines. Some people said it couldn’t be done. We didn’t. I specified a Mac turns out I was right after a go with a PC laptop. Now my BIL with a bit of training writes and sends his own emails, looks things up if he reads something interesting in the paper and generally has an all round better quality of life by having access to the internet and a MacBook. I laugh like hell when people tell me they can’t use a Mac, its too hard. i tell them that my intellectually disabled BIL can and does, so who is the handicapped person now?

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

I have a much better solution

I note in the news that the US is again reacting to a terror alert by shutting the gate after the horse has bolted. These actions are only pissing people off and won’t do anything to halt a determined terrorist.

My solution however is far better. It stops terrorism dead in its track, literally.

Just issue every passenger and every crew member with a Glock 25 (simple easy to use with little or no training) and one bullet. One bullet isn’t enough to hijack a plane and the terrorist if he/she tries will be filled with lead in about 20 seconds by the other 200 passengers. The Glock 25 is in .380 Auto which is compact and light, but has a relatively short range and less stopping power than other modern pistol cartridges. it generates only 1000 f/ps (300 m/s) muzzle velocity compare that with the traditional 9mm which generates 435 m/s (1,430 ft/s). That difference is big enough to put holes in terrorists but unlikely to penetrate an airliner cabin. You could use a .22lr pistol but with a hyped up terrorist that just might only make him angry.

You could incorporate how to shoot terrorists into the pre-flight briefing, somewhere after the seat-belt and life-jacket explanation.

The pistols can be handed in at the end of the flight as passengers leave the aircraft.

To show how easy they are to use watch these videos as a shooter loads and racks the slide with only one hand, so even cripples could do it.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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A Wiki Defence – A Whale of a Case

I have been getting a lot of support via email, Facebook and other messages.

I have decided to take a radical step given the extremely high public interest in this case, interestingly caused by the Police trying to inconvenience me by laying issuing their summons after all the law firms had shut for Christmas. Also Christmas traditionally is a news vacuum which they conveniently allowed me to fill. According to DPF my page views were 50% higher than his for Christmas and Boxing day.

Anyway onto my experiment. For all those budding lawyers, real lawyers and interested parties out there I have created a Wiki editable page for the development of the defence. I don’t think anyone has ever developed their defence in public before but given the Police have a distinct lack of understanding of technology, social media and the internet I reckon it will be an interesting experiment.

Given that I have already rung 20 law firms and only received out of office messages that they will be closed till the 11th this is really my only option other than an adjournment. Still I’d trust my readers and the internet way more anyway to collate and assemble a reasonable defence.

Let me know in comments if there are any issues, or via email. I believe that if you are a registered user on the blog then you can edit the Wiki page. When adding paragraphs you do need to pop into the html editor and add paragraph tags e.g. <p>

So there you go, help the Whale if you are able.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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Labour good for business?

Well no actually and it is pretty disgusting watching a key Labour front bencher gloat about a business being in receivership and the helping hand he played in that. Trevor “Tiger” Mallard is essentially a loud mouthed, rooting, cheating bully who doesn’t give a fuck about anyone but himself and where he is going to get his next root from.

Next time you hear him spouting on about how much Labour cares about business then remember this;

Trevor Mallard gloating at helping a business fail.

Trevor Mallard gloating at helping a business fail.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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