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More delays for the Dodgy Socialist Dam

The dodgy socialist dam has some more delays ahead of the report into whether or not the council wants to go ahead.

They have missed every single milestone, and now some more milestones have been put in place.

Conditions the Ruataniwha Dam must meet before receiving an $80 million ratepayer-funded investment could change, just a week before the scheme’s future is decided.

Tomorrow the next steps in the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme (RWSS) will be discussed at a Hawke’s Bay Regional Council corporate and strategic committee meeting, with members recommended to include a new condition precedent before council invests, and alter an existing condition.    Read more »

Leaked insight into how Facebook censorship works

Hundreds of internal Facebook documents on sex, violence, and terrorism have been leaked. The documents give us an insight into how Facebook decides what we can read and view. The terminology used by Facebook is credible violence (aspirational conditional) versus credible violence (calls for action) Interestingly none of what was revealed explains Facebook’s history of censoring criticism of Islam and enforcing Islamic blasphemy laws.

Of the below three statements only one would be censored by Facebook can you guess which one?

    1. Someone shoot Trump
    2. Unless you stop bitching I will have to cut your tongue out.
    3. Kick a person with red hair
    4. To snap a bitches neck be sure to apply all your pressure to the middle of her throat

The answer is number one, “Someone shoot Trump.”

Internal company documents, leaked to The Guardian, detail the rules for allowing or rejecting content on violence, including live-streaming self-harm, racism, hate speech, terrorism and pornography.

In an investigation, the newspaper laid bare – for the first time – how the social media giant moderates content for its two billion users.

Labour are losing their Australian rich-prick vote

Andrew Little, Phil Goff and Kelvin Davis have spent years sweet talking New Zealand voters living in Australia.   Either they were advocating for their rights that Helen Clark gave away or they were trying to support criminals.

Apart from Kiwis in Oz getting shafted again by Helen’s tawdry deal, New Zealand Labour have also made a bit of a mess of it.

Losing exemption to tax on capital gains is the latest move stripping New Zealanders in Australia of rights they used to have, some Kiwis across the ditch say.

Australia’s federal budget, released this month, included the removal of tax exemption for temporary residents and foreign buyers, in measures aimed at making houses more affordable.

For Richard and Dominique Barker, who live in Melbourne and own their own home, the potential changes are concerning.

So the Australians are hitting them over the head.  But wait, if they own property in New Zealand, the Labour party is coming after them by closing the Capital Gains “loophole”. Read more »

No crushing going on here, smells a bit like socialism

She wants to help the poor.

No, I’m not kidding.

The government is investigating the low fixed-user charge for electricity, an energy conservation mechanism that appears to have had a negative impact on low-income families.

The cheaper rates were pushed through by the previous Labour-led government under pressure from the Green Party, but Energy Minister Judith Collins has told an electricity conference in Wellington the scheme is being examined.

“I have asked MBIE [Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment] to have a look and give me some advice on it,” she said.

“It seems the people who are suffering the most from low-fixed user charges are the poorest New Zealanders and I think that is the opposite of what was intended.”

Are poor people supposed to pay less for the same service?    Read more »

Best day in court ever!

Yesterday in court was a red letter day. If yesterday was a cartoon then it was filled with…

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All male Real Estate agents are potential sexual predators

Name suppression means nobody knows who this man is

A real estate agent facing sex charges, including attempted rape, is continuing to sell homes after having his licence renewed.

The agent, who has name suppression, also faces 11 charges of unlawful sexual connection between December 2011 and May 2016. Read more »

Craig v Slater Day 12 (media roundup)

Photo: Chris McKeen via Stuff

Tuesday saw the Brian Henry complete his questioning of Rachel MacGregor.  Normally the other party gets to cross examine the witness but Colin Craig got permission to delay this until today.  Which means that Barry Soper took the stand to read his Brief and be questioned by Henry and crossed by Craig.

These are the stories that made it to the media from that day

Radio New Zealand

Craig said he’d spend $1m to destroy MacGregor, court told

Colin Craig told his former press secretary, Rachel MacGregor, he had set aside a million dollars to destroy her, the High Court in Auckland has been told.

Ms MacGregor is giving evidence in court today, where Mr Craig is suing blogger Cameron Slater over posts he made online.

She said she had a pay dispute with Mr Craig – the former leader of the Conservative Party – and they could not agree on an hourly rate.

Instead of being paid, she was given two $10,000 advancements and an $18,000 loan.

She said after she resigned she sent a letter to Mr Craig, saying she was making a complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal.

Ms MacGregor said Mr Craig then began charging her 29 percent interest on the loan, which she described as “bully tactics”.

She said during a mediation hearing, Mr Craig told her he had set aside a million dollars to destroy her.

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Whaleoil General Debate

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There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No really.  Just the tiniest of slip ups and you’re toast.  This place is brutal. No sense of humour what-so-ever. You’ve been warned.)

Face of the Day

Hard1 writes about Steve Braunias’s coverage of Rachel MacGregor

For all the women trapped in situations where they must withstand abuse to hold in place the more secure aspects of their lives, Rachel MacGregor’s experience highlights the inherent vulnerability of being paired in employment with a boss with an agenda to use the job to play his games. Read more »