July 2011

Photo of the Day

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.

Word of the Day

Luftmensch (Yiddish)
There are several Yiddish words to describe social misfits. This one is for an impractical dreamer with no business sense. Literally, air person.

Very succinctly describes Phil Goff I thought.

There are 15 other words for which there is no english equivalent over at Mental Floss.

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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Quote of the Day

Peter Goodfellow sums up Winston Peters and his lies perfectly:

“This is the type of rubbish we’d expect from Winston. None of it’s true. It’s all part of his on-going campaign to make himself relevant.”

There may be some in National who leak to Labour but no one would leak to Winston Peters.

I have heard Winston repeat his lies about internal National polling data and I know them to be blatently false, like everything that ever utters from his mouth.

When New Zealand’s most corrupt politician, Winston Raymond Peters, 65, pensioner of St Marys Bay pays back the New Zealand taxpayer the $158,000 still outstanding then perhaps I will take the time to listen to his lies, for the truth and Winston are definitely strangers to each other.

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.

Message disconnect

Stuart Nash says:

“If people are buying more fresh fruit and vegetables that’s got to be good for the country that’s the third fattest in the OECD.”

But hang on a minute…I thought the kids were starving? How can we be the third fattest in the OECD if the kids are starving?

Was being 3rd fattest in the OECD yet another of Helen Clark’s achievements for Labour of getting New Zealand into the top half of the OECD rankings?

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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Cool iPhone case…

…if you are a hipster that is

In addition to looking stylish, if you are a hipster, the BookBook for iPhone also acts as a fully functional wallet.

They also have the BookBook for iPads.

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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National's most un-trustworthy person – Part 2

This blog continues to take a close look at trustworthiness in the National Party over the next few weeks.

This is because this blog has discovered and learned of some disturbing acts of untrustworthiness inside National over the last 6 months.

In fact, from what I have gathered over this time, it may well be some of the most untrustworthy behaviour seen in the National Party for the better part of 25 years.

What do I mean by untrustworthy?

Well, perhaps a score might be useful to help show the gravity of the situation.

I have come up with the “Whaleoil Un-Trustworthiness Scale” to help readers understand, with 1 being completely trustworthy, and 10 being despicably untrustworthy.

A score of 1 would be someone like John Key. Voters trust John Key. He has compromised the speed of some reforms in order to not break promises, such is the value of trust to him.

Next to John Key as a one on the trustworthy scale is board member, Canterbury Westland Regional Chair and old fashioned gentleman, Roger Bridge.

Thirty six years of loyal service to the party help, but others have been in the party as long as Roger. What sets Roger apart is he has always a kindly word for everyone in the party, and has the courtesy to treat all with dignity and has probably bought them a drink or two as well. More likely more than a drink or two as Roger is a free spender when entertaining.

The only people that don’t like Roger are the buggers muddle and that just reinforces his most trustworthy status.

So who then, would be a ten?

Who would be Mr or Mrs Infinity? Far exceeding even a despicable ten.

Would it be the sort of person who abuses the office they hold within the party?

More to come….

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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Random Impertinent Question

Why do we have a beggar problem at all?

Palmerston North is moving to rid the city of beggars before the Rugby World Cup.

Its police are supporting calls from angry business owners to rid the city centre of beggars including a potential bylaw that could empower police to prosecute any beggars who do not leave the CBD.

But a local beggar says the plan could force beggars to shift to Whanganui or Wellington, or switch to crime.

The city council will discuss the best way to move beggars from outside shops on Broadway Ave and The Square at a committee meeting on Monday. Options include introducing a bylaw allowing police to “move people on” if found begging and prosecute them if they do not comply. Current rules only allow them to take action against beggars who demand money with menace.

Similar plans are not on the cards in other New Zealand centres, though some do acknowledge they will “move along” beggars who become a problem during the World Cup.

Auckland Council has given city agencies an extra $20,000 funding to be used for “the security and support of the homeless” during the cup.

If people are living on the street and begging, then it is through choice. We have a welfare system that apparently, according to the whiny left is the envy of the world.

There is no excuse other than indolence, substance abuse or choice for there to be beggars.

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.

Keep Calm and Ignore the Polls

Keep calm and ignore the pollsThere is an old adage in advertising, there’s two kinds of people who can make it. Those that can talk about it and those that can do it.

Labour’s adman, “Hutch“, has always been considered as sone who could talk could about it and was never truly respected by his peers as he only ever went where the money was.

But my sources tell me that he is struggling with his new client, the NZ Labour Party, having said of them, “It is difficult to spread glitter on shit!”

At a brainstorming session he boomed out across the spellbound room that what the party needed was a big game-changer.  As he waved his hands in the air he was desperately trying to think of an example.

“Like a Capital Gains Tax!” He exclaims.

“Wow! What a great idea!” cried the Labour Party members present (Trevor?) and that’s how it became policy.

Keep Calm and Ignore the Polls.

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.

Watties hates Labour tax plan too

If it wasn’t bad enough that the public think Phil Goff and Labour’s tax plans are naff, so too does Watties.

A Labour Party proposal to remove GST from fresh fruit and vegetables has come under fire from food processing giant Heinz Wattie’s, and Hawke’s Bay MPs.

Heinz Wattie’s chief operating officer Michael Gibson said the policy sent a strong message that only fresh fruit and vegetables were healthy foods.

“Canned and frozen fruit and vegetables are recognised as nutritionally comparable to fresh equivalents and provide convenient and affordable forms of such important foods,” he said.

Mr Gibson said there were times during the year when canned and frozen products were also cheaper and more convenient than their fresh counterparts.

The policy would also discriminate against local producers, as imported fresh fruit and vegetables would be exempt from GST, but locally-grown frozen and canned products would have tax added.

“As we have already advised Labour MPs, this exclusive GST exemption would have a significant impact on Heinz Wattie’s’ business, which is one of the largest producers of frozen and canned vegetables in Australasia,” Mr Gibson said.

Are Labour’s MPs listening. Appears not.

Napier-based Labour list MP Stuart Nash said the policy would help make healthy choices more affordable.

“It’s dreadful that Tremain and Foss have come out and criticised a policy that will increase the health and wellbeing of many families in Hawke’s Bay,” he said.

Mr Nash said lowering the cost of fresh food would not affect sales of frozen and canned produce, but increase overall fruit and vegetable consumption.

“One of the consequences of this is that people will begin to change their diet and understand that healthy options is the way forward, and that includes frozen vegetables.”

What a load of bollocks Nashy.

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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Consensus huh?

It appears that truth is finally coming through from scientists about the fact that Global Warming Alarmists are pulling the wool over many peoples eyes:

“NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth’s atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.”

Finally people are waking up to the alarmists who claim doomsday results from global warming/climate change/whatever the cool kids are calling it these days.

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.