March 2014

Monday nightCap

A man walks into a bar…

Caution: Adult themes

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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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Today’s Trivia

The Ukrainian Navy had Dolphins equipped with Pistols on their heads. (source)   Read more »

Occulus Rift – game play of the future, now

Teaching the cat to stay off the desk

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Two truths and a lie

2 Truths & 1 Lie from James Coulson on Vimeo.

(Hint:  they are all true, just not necessarily spoken by the person the truth belongs to)

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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

Whaleoil Backchat

Welcome to the daily Whaleoil Backchat – posted at 6:30 pm every day.

This post is like an end-of-day General Debate post

Interesting how this dog simply learned to walk on two legs

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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

More good news

via unconditional.co.nz

via unconditional.co.nz

Nothing like spinning the good news for a bit of panic, is it?

A drop in the number of apartments consented in February resulted in total building consents for the month dropping 1.7 per cent.

Statistics New Zealand figures released today showed $1.1 billion of work was consented during February, for 1768 new dwellings.

But just 66 apartments were consented, the lowest monthly total in nearly a year, which caused the fluctuation in total consents.

Statistics NZ said this drop in apartments followed five-year highs in November and December, with the trend at its highest point since October, 2007.

The total number of consents was 95 per cent higher than the series minimum in March 2011, but still 29 per cent below the maximum recorded in January 2004.

Excluding apartments, consents rose 3 per cent in February after a 1.1 per cent dip in January.

For the year to February, the value of building consents was 22 per cent higher than the previous year, or worth $2.24b more.

Statistics NZ business indicators manager Neil Kelly said excluding apartments, the trend was at its highest since December 2007.

“The trend for new houses has been increasing for almost three years,” he said.

Consents issued in Canterbury accounted for 30 per cent of February’s total, and Auckland 26 per cent.

The number of consents identified as earthquake-related now totalled $1.6b.

Oh, so people have woken up to the con that apartment living presents, with cramped, noisy, dark and overpriced boxes annually demanding four to ten times more than rates in body corporate fees.

But house consents are increasing, and have been increasing for almost three years.  It seems this Government is busy creating the conditions for people to own their own home after all.

In Auckland, all that Len has to do is make more land available.  Job done.

Well, that’s another “crisis” out of the way then.

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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

The Huddle at 1740

newstalkzb

I am on NewstalkZB this evening with Larry Williams and his show The Huddle. With me will be another pinko, arts and travel blogger David Farrar.

Our topics will be:

The polls are out and the Mana Party’s still willing to sell it’s soul (if it has one) to get in with Kim Dotcom – all because Dotcom doesn’t like John Key. There’s been a bit of an  improvement for NZ First – is that because people are forgetting his track record. (A high probability given the age of the NZ First support base!)  Read more »

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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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