MacGregor to judge: why [are you] accepting evidence from a “criminal”?

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Stuff’s Harrison Christian reports a sliver from the Craig v Slater trial today

There have been emotional scenes at Colin Craig’s defamation trial, with Rachel MacGregor tearfully asking Justice Kit Toogood why he is accepting evidence from a “criminal”.

Screenshots purporting to be taken from an old phone of Craig’s have been presented by him as evidence in the Auckland High Court, where the former Conservative Party leader and Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater are suing each other for defamation.

On Wednesday when Craig, who is representing himself, cross examined his former press secretary, Rachel MacGregor, she refused to accept the authenticity of text exchanges shown in the screenshots.

“Just to be clear I don’t accept any of these text messages,” MacGregor said.

“Why’s that, Miss MacGregor?” Justice Toogood asked.

MacGregor said she doubted Craig had been able to take screenshots from his old Nokia cellphone.

“I do [doubt it] because he has doctored so many of these text messages,” she said to Justice Toogood.

The screenshots were selective in that they mostly showed texts MacGregor sent, but many of Craig’s texts were missing, the court had earlier heard. Read more »

The LGBTQI/GE/GF/V friendly / Gender neutral / Gender fluid bathroom

After weeks of fruitless searching, Mr. Little finally found the LGBTQI/GE/GF/V friendly / Gender neutral / Gender fluid bathroom again, where he hoped upon hopes to learn of some more wisdoms and guidance from the Magic Mirror. As he was washing his hands, once again the mirror rippled briefly before leaving a message for him to recite…

“Mirror, mirror on my bedroom ceiling, will I ever have an Election win feeling?”

“Hello again Mr. Little, what poetic words you’ve spoken – but what is it with all you Labour Party people and your bloated, twisted sense of entitlement? Talk about a bridge too far! Instead, wouldn’t you prefer the instruction manual for men on how to understand women?”

“Well I am very curious” replied Mr. Little…“and the election is getting closer. If you tell me, I’ll polish your surface for you. In fact, I’ll even get one of our “interns on work experience” to do it instead, so you won’t even need to offer them anything, or even pay them minimum wage – let alone a living wage.”

“Cut the crap Mr. Little. Just zip it sweetie!” Replied the Magic Mirror in somewhat exasperated tones.

“Your hypocritical, sanctimonious attitude and approach towards interns really should have the Employment Court investigating your entire Party with magnifying glasses and lengthy rubber gloves like vets use when checking on cows. It’s disgraceful really, the political arm of the unions taking advantage of the young and powerless – because they’re young and powerless. Just as well you have very helpful and many friends in the MSM to help distract the masses – even if the party did lose its TVNZ outpost office. Mr. Little you need to face reality and escape the beltway vacuum echo chamber you’ve been listening too.   Read more »

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The LGBT community need to wake up and smell the Islamic coffee

Anti-LGBT pamphlets on street poles in Depok, West Java.

Anti-LGBT pamphlets on street poles in Depok, West Java.

The LGBT community unsurprisingly tends to support the political groups that are most tolerant and accepting of their lifestyle. Unfortunately for them these same political groups are equally tolerant and accepting of Islam which is completely intolerant of the LGBT community.

There is a huge difference between the disapproval of some Christian conservatives towards the LGBT community and the intolerance that is encapsulated in Islamic Sharia law. Christian conservatives may disapprove of the LGBT communities lifestyle and may not want to bake a cake for a gay wedding but they do not want to imprison, whip or execute them for being different. In Indonesia the LGBT community are suffering under the intolerant yoke of the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.

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National make an 11th hour election year bid to bring landlords back

Tenants will soon have to pay out of their own pockets to cover their landlord’s insurance excess if damage to their rental properties was the result of their own carelessness.

The measure is included in a bill introduced by Building Minister Nick Smith as the Government’s promised response to a Court of Appeal decision last year which ruled a tenant did not have to pay damage after leaving a pot of oil on the stove and causing a fire.

The same bill will give landlords easier access to their properties to do a meth test, and allows tenants to immediately end a tenancy if contamination was at unsafe levels – but not if there was only low-level contamination.

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No. 2) will make tenants liable for their landlord’s insurance excess up a maximum of four weeks rent for damage caused by carelessness or negligence.

I can see so  many things going wrong with this, I can’t be bothered to list them all.  Let’s just say that an insurance product offered to landlords where the excess is miraculously four times a week’s rent so that the landlord has lower premiums will be on the market before the ink on the new law is dry.

Landlords will welcome some degree of claw-back on the power imbalance that exists in favour of tenants.  But it’s come too late to translate into votes for National.

 

– Claire Trevett, NZ Herald

Waikato Hospital on a downward spiral

Waikato Hospital is at “overload” and having to reschedule surgery and turn away non-emergency patients from the hospital’s emergency department.

Hospital bosses are blaming the start of winter and influx of patients through the ED who are then being admitted to hospital.

The situation has sparked claims of a “crisis” on social media, with suggestions any patient who does not have a life-threatening injury or disease is now being discharged by the hospital into the care and management of their GP.

A Whaleoil reader reported that happened to her.  A debilitating gall bladder was causing ambulance call-outs a number of times a week.  At the hospital they would apply pain relief and then send her back home.   Read more »

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Some people with mental health problems break the law

Police spent $36.7 million dealing with mental health callouts in the 2015-16 year but the Labour Party says that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Labour obtained the figures under the Official Information Act which show police now estimate they spend 600 hours a week on mental health incidents.

Labour’s leader Andrew Little said the true cost was likely to be much higher.

According to the figures in 2015-16 the police attended 12,398 mental health incidents and 16,179 attempted or threatened suicides. It took them over an average 2.5 hours to resolve a mental health callout and 3.5 hours to deal with attempted or threatened suicide calls. Read more »