Has National been hacked, will there be a book and will it influence the election?

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Rumours are not facts and at the moment all I can write about are rumours. Kim Dotcom has stated that the National Party has been hacked and that there is a huge amount of stolen information available but we only have his word for it. If his claim is true will Nicky Hager be in bed with the hacker once again and will he use stolen information to release another politically timed book? If he does will it be from a second hack or will it be new information from the original hack that Rawshark has now given him? Everyone has assumed that only Whaleoil was hacked because the book focussed on us but everyone must remember that Hager thought we could be used to bring down the National government. Also, Hager could only write his book based on the selective information that Rawshark chose to release to him.

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Hey Greg, explaining is…?

Greg O’Connor has been explaining…

Former Police Association boss Greg O’Connor has denied charges of being “a right-wing fascist” and come out in favour of legalising medicinal cannabis.

O’Connor, Labour’s candidate for the Ohariu electorate in Wellington, made the comments on the Labour-aligned blog The Standard.

They come after critics – including The Daily Blog’s Martyn Bradbury – slammed him for his stance on arming frontline cops.

Bradbury said O’Connor’s appointment was Labour’s “final mutation into National lite”.

Oh yes.  As if appeasing Wrongly-Wrongson is the path to political redemption.

O’Connor, who was the president of the Police Association for more than 20 years, said the comments made for “interesting reading”.

“The theme running through much of the discussion seems to be that I’m a right-wing fascist who makes [North Korean dictator] Kim Jong-un look like some sort of pinko liberal pacifist.” Read more »

Erasing memories behind PTSD

Soldiers could be cured of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by erasing memories of disturbing events, scientists believe.

Researchers at the University of Toronto have discovered that individual memories are encoded in just a few cells of the brain, and hope they will be able to switch them off using drugs.

Figures from the Ministry of Defence show that around 400 soldiers a year report symptoms of PTSD and, in the last five years, the charity Combat Stress has received nearly 10,000 referrals largely linked to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Many more suffer similar trauma – with symptoms including flashbacks, insomnia and paranoia – from events such as child abuse, road accidents and crime.

Ex-wives.  Ex-husbands…   Read more »

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Land of the Long Wavy Cloud

Carl Gadsby via Metservice

Can’t say I’ve seen those before.

Rolling in the sky and breaking like waves in the sea, these clouds photographed over Palmerston North are simply beautiful.

But the scientific explanation for them is anything but simple… Read more »

“Strangest election” really just a total waste of money

Auckland’s Mt Albert electorate is having one of the strangest election contests New Zealand has seen. The only real contenders are two young women from the same side of the political fence who get along so well they have carpooled on the campaign…

Labour’s Jacinda Ardern and the Green’s Julie Anne Genter are trying to hold a contest between parties that might campaign as a prospective coalition at the general election in September. The Greens certainly intend to do so, they have decided not to stand a candidate in Peter Dunne’s Ohariu seat in the hope that Labour’s new recruit, former Police Association spokesman Greg O’Connor, can win it and deprive National of a likely coalition partner.

The Green strategy does seem a little confused.  As a list-only party, they need to be campaigning for the party vote wherever they can.    Read more »

First poll of year sees Nats slump 4 points, thanks Murray

National has slumped 4 points int he latest 1News/Colmar Brunton poll.

This is the first poll since John Key cut and run.

National is at 46 per cent in the first 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll for the 2017 election year, down four points from the November poll.

Labour has climbed two points to 30, while the Greens are steady on 11 per cent, taking the centre left block’s combined vote to 41 percent.

Back in November National was 11 per cent ahead of the Labour-Greens combo.

New Zealand First is up one per cent to 11, and, based on our polling, would hold the balance of power post-election.

ACT is up one to one per cent, as is the Mana Party, which is back in the frame on one.

The Maori Party is steady on one per cent.

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Face of the Day

Far-right populist politician Geert Wilders – who intends to ‘de-Islamise’ the Netherlands – has launched his election campaign today among tight security.

Groups of protesters gathered as the anti-Islam candidate, who has lived in hiding for more than a decade, launched his bid in Spijkenisse, a blue-collar suburb of Rotterdam. Read more »

Word of the day

The word for today is…

narcissism (noun) – 1. Excessive preoccupation with or admiration of oneself.
2. A personality disorder characterised by an exaggerated sense of self-importance, need for admiration, and lack of empathy.
3. Pleasure derived from contemplation or admiration of one’s own body or self, considered in psychoanalytic theory to be a fixation on or a regression to an infantile stage of development.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1905, from German Narzissismus, coined 1899 (in “Die sexuellen Perversitäten”), by German psychiatrist Paul Näcke (1851-1913), on a comparison suggested 1898 by Havelock Ellis, from Greek Narkissos, name of a beautiful youth in mythology (Ovid, “Metamorphoses,” iii.370) who fell in love with his own reflection in a spring and was turned to the flower narcissus. Coleridge used the word in a letter from 1822.