Retraction and Apology

Yesterday I published an article about the Iranian missile test.  In it were two photos of monkeys, one before the flight, and one after.

The monkeys in the photos were clearly not the same.

I, like many others in the international news media, jumped to the obvious conclusion that the monkey didn’t survive the space flight.

Overnight, new information has come to light, and with that in mind, I would like to apologise for misleading my readers.

The monkey has passed its post-flight medical checks, and is absolutely fine.  




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  • Graeme Edgeler

    You found or posted Antoine/Antonie Dixon’s birth certificate yet?

    • The birth certificate produced by Bryce Johns was issued on 29 Jan 2013…and had him as deceased….so Mr Lawyer man…how did Mr Dixon travel right through the court system and become convicted, appeal, have that appeal rejected and be incarcerated all under an assumed name? His lawyers never pick it up, Corrections never pick it up, Justice never picks it up and then Kathryn Powley talks to his parents, they say it is all wrong and 3 days after the Herald runs their story they accuse me of not doing my research when they have 159 articles on their website all spelled incorrectly and produce a birth certificate dated 3 days after their own story ran…and I’m the one at fault? I only counted the 159 stories in the Herald, there must be hundreds more…and yet I am supposed to apologise…how about Bryce Johns and Shayne Currie and every other editor in NZ also get on their fucking knees and apologise to NZ to misleading them so appallingly…and they are the professionals after all…

      • Lion_ess

        Ah,so he suffered from silly first and second name syndrome then.

      • Graeme Edgeler

        As easy as. The police don’t ask for your birth certificate when they arrest you. The first document that’s filed in court is the one that the person behind the desk puts on the file. Everyone else will have copied it, or assumed, given he took the nickname Tony that that’s what it was. Why would you do anything other than copy the name on the Court file, unless you were absolutely certain it was wrong, and cared enough to do something about it.

        I’ve had more than one case reach all the way to an application to the Supreme Court, and another to past then (to the last stages of an application for the prerogative of mercy, after the petition was filed, after the evidence was filed, until the final piece of rebuttal evidence was filed) where it has been pointed out to me that my client’s name has been spelled wrong.

        Your entire argument against this is to assume the infallibility of the Police and Justice system on something like this. Your trust is monumentally misplaced.

        Printing (and re-printing) of Birth Certificates is one time when someone actually goes back and checks to make sure they’ve got it correct. Which isn’t to say that that’s infallible – I’m sure it’s not. But if you’re asking which is more likely:

        1. that Dixon was given the Antoine Dixon at birth and that throughout his criminal trial process (and maybe even much of his life from school age on) this was spelled Antonie Dixon; or
        2. that the person who re-printed this birth certificate got it wrong, and that the name Dixon had registered at birth was Antonie.

        then the answer is – the first is much more likely.

        • Bryce only asked for the Birth Certificate AFTER they printed their story, and because I ran a blog post on it…AFTER…I note none of the Herald’s stories have been corrected yet he demanded that of me…so quite what his point was other than he went out of his to try and prove it was me who was wrong and that they, and Kathryn Powley did their research when clearly they didn’t I’m at a loss to explain. All I know is the editor of Weekend paper went out of his way to retrospectively do research, probably had a meeting about it and took time out from his busy day to email a blogger…in which case I am winning all the way.

        • Random66

          Out of curiosity Graeme, could you please advise that if when a person goes through the justice system and their name is spelt incorrrectly, whether or not on release when that same person uses the correct name shown on their birth certificate would it show up that they have a criminal conviction?

          • Graeme Edgeler

            I don’t rule it out for those with only a small association with police (like a single offence while at uni), but police are usually pretty good at listing aliases. I’ve seen police records of defendants where multiple different spellings and orders of names have been listed. Not real aliases, just alternative spellings of the various names.

          • Random66

            Thanks for that.

  • cows4me

    No relative of silent T’s by any change?