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Hey Phil, shut up and actually read the indictment

Get used to Orange fatty

Phil Quin ignorantly writes in a newspaper:

Like many Kiwis, I took an instant dislike to Kim Dotcom. Aside from anything else, it saved time.[…]

But we can’t, and nor should we, prosecute and imprison detestable people simply for being detestable. And in the case of Kim Dotcom and his erstwhile colleagues at Mega Upload, questions of justice, dubious political motivations, not to mention basic questions of procedural fairness, must surely outweigh our distaste at the spectre of Kim Dotcom.End of quote.

You could say that Kiwis are divided into two groups: those that think Kim Dotcom is innocent and a victim and those that believe he is guilty and has more than outstayed his welcome. I say Kiwis are actually divided into those that have actually read the indictment against him and those that haven’t. Quote:

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Libertarian and pragmatic anarchist. Treat everything the media says as a lie and know the narrative. Facts trump rhetoric.

Facebook: It’s not just the data you should be worried about.


Karl du Fresne takes a friendly stab at Facebook. Quote:

I note that $80 billion was wiped off the value of Facebook’s shares following a scandal over privacy breaches.End quote.

Also around one in ten American Facebook users have ditched the site. Quote:

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Libertarian and pragmatic anarchist. Treat everything the media says as a lie and know the narrative. Facts trump rhetoric.

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Hosking: Fuel tax should benefit motorists, not road maggots


Mike Hosking, at the NZ Herald, writes:

Here’s your problem, as has been quite rightly pointed out. Firstly, fuel tax is a new tax – and the Government trying to argue it isn’t is a lie.

Have other governments adjusted the excise? Yes. But that doesn’t make it a reason to do it yourself – especially when you explicitly bent over backwards during the election campaign arguing that there would be no new taxes.

You had a tax working group, and whatever they came up with and got adopted would be taken to the poll of 2020, so we could all vote on it.

That was fair and clear, and made political sense. It’s like arguing income tax is already in place, and because you’re taking the top rate to 39, that’s just an adjustment not a new tax. No one would believe it or accept it. End of quote

The fuel tax is, at the very least, breaking the spirit of a promise. When Labour promised that there wouldn’t be any new taxes voters took it as saying that voters wouldn’t be paying more under Labour.Mike Hosking continues:

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Libertarian and pragmatic anarchist. Treat everything the media says as a lie and know the narrative. Facts trump rhetoric.

What rubbish, you eat them whole

Creme eggs

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A Cadbury’s worker has revealed the “correct” way to eat a Creme Egg – and it involves licking out the filling.

Shaheed Khattak, a systems maintenance engineer at the Cadbury factory in Bournville, Birmingham, said you firstly have to bite off the top of the popular chocolate treat.

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Unlike people who write posts for blogs, since when has a systems maintenance engineer been an expert at anything except system maintenance?

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Libertarian and pragmatic anarchist. Treat everything the media says as a lie and know the narrative. Facts trump rhetoric.

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Getting tough on synthetics

A bill to toughen up prison sentences for suppliers of psychoactive drugs is set to pass its first reading thanks to the backing of National and Labour’s coalition partner, New Zealand First.

National’s Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown’s private member’s bill, which would increase the maximum penalty for supplying psychoactive drugs from two to eight years’ jail, will have its first reading in Parliament today.

Labour and the Green parties oppose the bill because they say it won’t dent drug use or supply, but simply add to the country’s burgeoning prison muster.

And Labour and the Greens are right. Drug dealers aren’t deterred by the risk of going to to jail given the huge profits.

But Labour’s coalition partner New Zealand First will support the first reading.

No surprises there.

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Libertarian and pragmatic anarchist. Treat everything the media says as a lie and know the narrative. Facts trump rhetoric.

Council to drivers: No car parks for you!

No soup for you!

A 33-unit apartment building has been built in Auckland without any car parks, which developers say is the way of the future, but local businesses say it will just lead to more congestion.

The Daisy Apartments opened in Kingsland this month, Stuff reports, but tenants will not have any internal parking and will be forced to use the street.

Developers Ockham Residential have said this is the way of the future, and that major transport hubs are less than 100m away.

If they think everyone is going to give up their cars for the bus or a bike, they’re dreamin’.

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Libertarian and pragmatic anarchist. Treat everything the media says as a lie and know the narrative. Facts trump rhetoric.

Simon says bike lanes good for retailers. Yeah, for some ….

Pierre and Marie Curie with their bicycles.

Simon Wilson: Karangahape Rd is Auckland’s best road for bike lanes so why are retailers scared of them?

Bike lanes will bring a host of new opportunities to Karangahape Rd, but still there are retailers who don’t get it. So now we need a new “bright minds” organisation to help the mayor and Auckland Transport get good work done well.

Translation: We need some propagandist outfit to teach these uppity retailers of the errors of their ways.

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Libertarian and pragmatic anarchist. Treat everything the media says as a lie and know the narrative. Facts trump rhetoric.

The Don right again: He would have stepped in

According to a New York Daily News report dated November 20, 1991, when he spotted a “big guy with a big bat” beating on another guy, Donald Trump told his limousine driver to pull over. Witnesses told the paper, that “with [then-girlfriend] Marla Maples tugging at his arm to try to stop him, [Trump] leaped from his black stretch limousine Monday evening during the Manhattan assault.”
The Manhattan billionaire, who was 45 at the time, told the story from there. “The guy with the bat looked at me, and I said, “Look, you’ve gotta stop this. Put down the bat. I guess he recognized me because he said, ‘Mr. Trump, I didn’t do anything wrong.’ I said, ‘How could you not do anything wrong when you’re whacking a guy with a bat?’ Then he ran away.”

Trump added that he saw the mugger deliver “five or six good whacks” before he put a stop to it

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Kate Hawkesby nails it: Hipkins is deadset useless

Chris Hipkins Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

You know something’s awry when universities are at odds with a Labour government.

Information released to the Herald under the Official Information Act regards the government’s free fees policy, has revealed tensions in the form of letters between Education Minister Chris Hipkins and the Chair of Universities NZ.

In a nutshell, universities claim the free fees policy will only create an added burden to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars in administrative fees – not to mention potentially pushing students into studying courses they simply won’t or can’t pass.

In other words a poorly thought out policy with no regard for any unintended consequences. An easy bribe to get the student vote.

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Libertarian and pragmatic anarchist. Treat everything the media says as a lie and know the narrative. Facts trump rhetoric.

Guns, statistics and lies

Every time a Muslim terrorist shoots, stabs, bombs or runs over Americans, the default response is, “Let’s not jump to any conclusions”. That’s swiftly followed by media spin pieces claiming that the majority of terrorist attacks are really committed by white male Republicans and the Amish based on math so bad that even the world’s crookedest bookie wouldn’t go near it. And anyone who argues that the pattern of Islamic terror attacks is a call for common sense migration reform is regarded as a racist and a coward who wants to destroy the Constitution by blowing a handful of attacks out of proportion.

(And do you know how many people are hit by lightning or stung by killer bees every year.)

Yet every time there’s a big storm it’s proof that man-made global warming is real.

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Libertarian and pragmatic anarchist. Treat everything the media says as a lie and know the narrative. Facts trump rhetoric.

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