Photo Of The Day

Photo: John and Jackie Knill, Courtesy of Knill family.

Photo: John and Jackie Knill, Courtesy of Knill family.

?Last Shot On The Memory Card

On?December 31, 2004, the body of John Knill was found; and on January 13, 2005, the body of Jackie Knill?was discovered?at a Thailand beach resort. They were two of the many victims killed from the December 26, 2004 tsunami. Weeks later, a Seattle man doing relief work found a damaged camera and discarded it but kept the memory card in the camera. After downloading the images he discovered pictures of the Knills enjoying their vacation, as well as shots of a huge wave approaching the shore. With each picture it shows the wave getting closer and closer to shore. The last picture taken of them before the wave hit (shown above) was shot just after 8.30 am on December 26.

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: ? Bettmann/CORBIS

Photo: ? Bettmann/CORBIS

Finding Peace in Life

After Being Sold For $2.00

The children in 1948. Lana (top left) was likely adopted and died of cancer in 1998; RaeAnn (top right) was sold for $2 along with her brother Milton (bottom left) to an abusive family. Sue Ellen (bottom right) was adopted. David, inside mother Lucille Chalifoux’s womb in this picture, was adopted as well. Lucille would have four more daughters; “She kept them; she didn’t keep us,” David said..

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Looks like the NZ Herald has re-invested in Kim Dotcom

As is usual a Kim Dotcom story has appeared in the NZ Herald and as is usual they have used their tainted “journalist” David Fisher to shill for Kim Dotcom.

Welcome to New Zealand – unless you’re here to see Kim Dotcom.

That seems to be the message for those arriving in the country after yet another guest visiting the businessman was detained by the Customs Service for hours.

A connection to the accused copyright pirate has been linked on another occasion with a long stay in a detention room – and a lot of strange questions.

Graphic designer Sarah Torrent, 22, spent seven hours being quizzed by officials after landing in New Zealand yesterday and telling border officials she was staying at Dotcom’s house.

She had met Dotcom online and he invited her to travel to New Zealand for a holiday.

Dotcom said more than a dozen visitors have been isolated by the Customs Service after declaring his home address for their stay in New Zealand.

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Faces of the day

Whether or not you believe in God or are religious or not you have to admire today’s faces of the day.

They live in America yet as you will see their freedom of speech is under threat.

They are peaceful yet they are threatened with violence.

The best line in the first video is at the end.

‘A message to Muslims of the world, don’t threaten us and tell us not to do something because then we have to do it.’

Their names are David and Nabeel.

The second part is the most educational. They explain how Muhammad preached a message of tolerance and peace when he was being persecuted and he and his followers were in the minority. However once he had an army around him his message changed markedly. This is why moderate Muslims are moderate they suggest. As their numbers grow their message of tolerance for other religions and non violence will change. This is a pattern that has been repeated many times in history. It happened in my grandparent’s homeland of Lebanon as they mention in this video. They also touch on the topic of cartoonists which is so relevant given the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

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Who cares? Why do the media cuddle crims?

David “Tainted” Fisher has his knickers in a bunch over some apparently “wrong” statistics used to justify the toughening up of laws regarding gangs.

I might be missing something here but why is “Tainted” and his employer mounting a campaign on behalf of scum gang members?

Cabinet signed off tough new measures to tackle gangs on the basis of inaccurate information which over-estimated the scale of the crime problem.

The briefing paper told ministers 4000 gang members alone were responsible for a huge number of drug and violence crimes, including murders.

The release of the document through the Official Information Act followed the earlier discovery the wrong information had been used in a press release to justify the policy.

Cabinet ministers were also given the wrong information.

The information, which appeared to have been provided by police to the minister’s office, went before Cabinet in June before the August announcement.

The new measures passed by Cabinet were targeted at gang members who were said to be responsible for huge levels of criminal activity. They also show the Government contemplating greater powers for police to tackle gang activity.

Sociologist and gang researcher Dr Jarrod Gilbert outed then Police Minister Anne Tolley over the inaccurate press release and said it was “absurd” the wrong information had also gone to Cabinet. “This was an error of epic proportions. The problem by comparison is almost insignificant.”

The inaccurate figures had suggested the 4000 gang members in New Zealand were personally responsible for about 1500 serious violence and drug charges. New figures show this year gang members were actually responsible for 26 of the 649 serious drug charges laid. They were also responsible for 61 of 868 violence charges.

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David “Tainted” Fisher throws source under the bus

David “Tainted” Fisher does it again: ?he bites the hand that has fed him. ?It’s his standard MO, and I guess this is how he imagines balance in his work. ?First he drains his contacts and promotes their cause. ?When that well runs dry, he turns on them and all the information that was previously withheld in confidence as it didn’t suit the narrative is being used to throw his sources under the bus.

Today’s victim: ?Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom did not declare a conviction for dangerous driving on his application for New Zealand residency even though he had pleaded guilty to the charge eight months earlier.

The conviction was entered in September 2009 under the name Kim Schmitz after Dotcom was caught travelling 99km/h over the speed limit north of Auckland, according to court documents released to the Herald yesterday.

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse says Immigration New Zealand is “looking into the matter”.

Eight months later, Dotcom’s residency application asked, “Have you or your family members included in your application ever been … convicted of an offence (including a traffic offence) committed in the last five years involving dangerous driving”.

The form, signed by Dotcom and dated June 3, 2010, shows the “No” box to be clearly marked, indicating no dangerous driving conviction had been earned.

An Immigration spokeswoman said she couldn’t comment on questions relating to Dotcom.

But, speaking generally, if Immigration NZ determined that someone had obtained their residence status through immigration fraud, such as providing false or misleading information in support of a visa application, they might become liable for deportation.

Writing generally, why don’t you just seek redemption by dumping everything you know about Dotcom and help us get rid of the pest. ?I can’t guarantee people will change their opinion of Tainted, but it would be a step in the right direction. ? Read more »


Herald editorial minimises a crime, defends criminals

The NZ Herald is fast gaining a reputation for the media outlet that protects the interests of bludgers, ratbags, crooks and scumbags.

Today their editorial minimises the criminal political conspiracy to hack and then attempt to pervert an election as a mere theft.

I wonder if they are minimising because they are complicit in the crimes committed against me and my friends?

On one level the police search of author Nicky Hager’s home and their seizure of his electronic files can be argued as standard measures in a criminal investigation. A complaint of theft had been made and Hager had been identified as the eventual user of the stolen material. The missing information was email and social media data and therefore Hager’s computers and devices could be suspected of holding it.

They are wrong right there. I did not lay a “complaint of theft”, and to my knowledge the Police have not identified the charge or charges they intend to lay, but I will bet a million dollars that it will not be a charge of theft.

But the editorial continues to minimise the crime by constantly referring to “theft”.

Yet the case, with the police actions and the ensuing battle to prevent officers examining the material, are far from straightforward. In response to a complaint of theft – common old theft – five police officers spent the best part of a day searching the Hager home and taking away everything from computers to an iPod. Not because Hager was considered a “suspect” but because he could be a “witness” to the crime.

It is not a complaint of theft. Why are the Herald minimising this crime? Their other pages are full of celebrities having their phones and computers hacked and nude photos published, that is a crime to the Herald, but a raid on my intellectual property by criminal means is just a simple theft?

And again they call it theft.

If every theft complaint made to police resulted in this kind of response, searches under warrants of houses and businesses would be constant and not much else would be achieved by our constabulary.

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Chuck her out on the street

It is accepted that, although reluctantly, we must pay our rates and our taxes.

We have elected governments, local and national, to administer our affairs and they levy taxes in order to do that.

Reasonable people comply, pay their rates and contribute to the cleaning of our streets, removal of sewerage and waste water, rubbish collection and a multitude of other services.

It could be argued that some of those services provided by the city are silly or out of step, but until we get ourselves a fiscally conservative council then we must pay the rates that are levied. That is what contributing citizens do.

Penny Bright is the exact opposite of that. She refuses to pay her rates, and as a consequence her home is now forfeit. The council is now moving to sell her property. Personally I would have cut off the services that she refuses to pay for, including the power which has to run through city streets to get to her house.

But not to worry, she has David “tainted” Fisher on her side.

It’s a settler-style, four-bedroom house with wooden rafters and north-facing decks which might soon be up for sale and in the overheated Auckland property market, it’s likely to excite bids well over $800,000.

However, it will come with a catch – one extremely unhappy owner who is refusing to be dragged out of her home.

Welcome to the base of activist Penny Bright, 60, a one-woman rates revolution who owes Auckland Council and its ratepayers $33,288.? Read more »

How a tainted journalist manipulates the news

David “Tainted” Fisher wrote an article this morning about his continued witch hunt against civil servants using stolen data taken by a gutless hacker from my website.

In it he quotes me.

Meanwhile, Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater says police will soon be obtaining data from Google, Facebook and Twitter as they investigate his complaint over the hacking of his computer which yielded the messages Hager based his book on.

Slater was yesterday with Counties Manukau Police formally laying a complaint he first lodged by email from Israel. Back in New Zealand he was “just providing all the details to the constabulary”.

“Once they’ve got a signed signature they can go to Google and Facebook and Twitter and go and obtain data. I’m completing the necessary paperwork to allow them to go and do it.”

Slater said he would be telling police he believed Kim Dotcom was involved in the hacking due to “the fact that he was gloating, the fact that he’s made comments prior to this happening, a whole lot of other stuff”.

Slater was expecting more of his messages to be made public by the hacker.

“[On Wednesday] night at that meeting Hager was talking about ‘there’s more stuff coming out’. Well, how does he know?

“He’s obviously got to be in contact with the hacker.”

Did I speak to him?

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