Oh, he’s not there for us…he’s just like every other politician, in it for himself

The Southland Times editorial accuses Bill English on not being there for us.

He’s a man capable of a steely gaze but Bill English persists, publicly anyway, in going crosseyed whenever his attention is drawn to the Barclay scandal.

When you’re pretty sure you won’t like what you’re going to see if you actually focus, the almost childish alternative is to perceive what’s in front of you, or at least portray it, as a kaleidoscopically moving series of claims and counterclaims devoid of political significance once a mis-stepping young MP had agreed to step down.

This doesn’t wash. In what he has done and in what he has failed to do, English has himself become a party to the deception of the public.

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Metiria Turei’s neighbours all but chuck in their wind farm plan

A community group wanting to put up its own windfarm near Dunedin has cut its plan to a single windmill.

Blueskin Energy made the announcement at the start of its three-week Environment Court appeal to try to save the $6 million project.

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Mental Health Break

Historical photos further evidence of Palestinian Muslim link to Nazi Germany.

Haj Amin al-Husseini pictured visiting an unnamed German camp during World War II. . (photo credit:KEDEM AUCTION HOUSE)

The history books can now add further evidence of a Palestinian Muslim leader’s links to Nazi Germany thanks to the discovery of some photos dated between 1942-1943 that have never been made public before. They show Palestinian Mutfi Hag Amin al-Husseini visiting an unidentified German camp.

In the pictures the Muslim leader, who presided over what was known as ‘Palestine’ during the rule of the British Mandate, can be seen touring the grounds of a Nazi camp in Europe. He is flanked by high-ranking Nazi officials dressed in official attire.

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Crown mostly agrees with Climate Change litigant

Photo: RNZ / Emile Donovan

The government recognises the need for every country to act to stabilise greenhouse gases and prevent the consequences of climate change, crown lawyers have told the High Court in Wellington.

Law student Sarah Thomson has asked the court to quash New Zealand’s current emissions target and order the Minister to reconsider the issue.

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Labour appears to have broken immigration laws, but have they also perverted the course of justice?

It looks like Labour is finally realising they’ve broken some laws:

Two of Labour’s interns may have broken immigration visa rules, the party says.

Party secretary Andrew Kirton said in the course of sorting out the international volunteer programme the party had become aware two of the 85 interns may not have held the visa necessary to take part in the programme.

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Fake news by omission from RadioNZ

RNZ Kate Gudsell caught spinning the narrative by leaving out the all important caveat issued by the lead author of a recent study.

It has been the worst year on record for sea ice in Antarctica and a climate scientist suspects warmer ocean waters could be behind it.

In a just released paper, the British Antarctic Survey says a series of unprecedented storms over the Southern Ocean likely caused the most dramatic decline in Antarctic sea ice to date.

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“Jimmy’s World”

In 1980, Janet Cooke made up a story about an 8-year-old heroin addict, won the Pulitzer Prize for it, then, two days later, gave it back

What happens when the news leads its readers astray? Journalists, those who are entrusted with delivering the truth, can be the very ones to fabricate and manipulate that truth until it’s unrecognisable altogether. In 1980, this was the case with Janet Cooke and her story that took the nation by storm.

The story appeared on The Washington Post’s front page “Jimmy’s World,” under Cooke’s byline. It was a detailed, shocking account of an unnamed 8-year-old boy in Southeast Washington who was a heroin addict. Cooke described the boy, his home and his surroundings in vivid detail.

The article told a heart-wrenching tale. It detailed the life of ‘Jimmy,’ a young boy who had become a victim of the thriving heroin trade that was devastating the low-income neighbourhoods of Washington D.C. Caught in a cycle of addiction, violence, and despair, Jimmy had become a heroin addict after being introduced to the drug by his mother’s live-in boyfriend. As Janet Cooke, the author of the article, described him, “Jimmy is 8 years old and a third-generation heroin addict, a precocious little boy with sandy hair, velvety brown eyes and needle marks freckling the baby-smooth skin of his thin brown arms.” She noted that Jimmy aspired to be a heroin dealer when he grew up.

The story immediately generated controversy. Many demanded that Cooke reveal where the boy lived so that he could be helped. However, Cooke refused to provide his location, claiming she needed to protect her sources and that her life would be in danger from drug dealers if she failed to do so. Meanwhile, the city government launched an intensive search to find him.

As the popular outrage about Jimmy grew, rumours began to swirl around the city suggesting that he didn’t exist, that Janet Cooke had simply made him up.

There was some scepticism about the story from the beginning, but Cooke’s writing was so compelling that The Post nominated the article for a Pulitzer Prize. On April 13, 1981, the Pulitzer board announced that “Jimmy’s World” had won journalism’s most prestigious honour.

City officials sought to find Jimmy, to no avail, and murmurs of doubt began to swell into a clamour. Top Post editors questioned Cooke about her sources, learning that no supervisor had ever asked for or learned the boy’s true identity.

The Post stood by her and denied these rumours, but the issue came to a boil on April 13, 1981, when Cooke was awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize on account of her story.

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Whaleoil Podcasts are only a few purchases away

We have been wanting to do regular podcasts for a long time with professional equipment that is Radio quality. Being dragged into court repeatedly by Colin Craig has delayed and disrupted many of our plans.

We at Whaleoil do not let little things like hacks and court cases stop us. They may slow us down but when we get knocked down we always get up again. We want to offer our subscribers access to regular podcasts so we are doing our research and will soon be purchasing the minimum equipment that we require which will consist of a microphone, a headset, a shock mount and a boom arm. We may also need a digital recorder and a preamplifier depending on which microphone we select

If you would like your business promoted at the start of each podcast there will be opportunities for sponsorship.

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