My secret interview with a German Academic: Part One

My latest interview subject is from Northern Saxony and he has an M.A in History with an interest in politics, current affairs and theory. He contacted me via a secret encrypted e-mail service called Tutanota in order to keep our communications private.The fact that he felt the need to protect himself like that says a lot.He said that although the epicentre of the problem I’m tackling in my interview lies in the western metropolis, it’s starting to happen in Northern Saxony as well.

My contact who I will call Konrad, (a German name that means?Brave counsel)?gave me comprehensive replies to my questions so I will be breaking this interview up into two parts.While he was writing his reply the terrorist “truck attack” happened at the Berlin Christmas market so Konrad included a comment about how authorities handle photos of suspects in the media. His detailed answer about violence against women in Germany is nightmarish in its descriptions of brutality.

Which German political party did you vote for last election?

I do not vote. I see the German multi-party system as a stitch-up with no chance to actually institute change at the ballot, since nowadays all big German parties by and large stand for the same with only gradual differences. The only “wildcard” party, the Alternative f?r Deutschland (AfD), still has no consistent overall policy and, after entering the Bundestag in the 2017 elections (which is very likely), will most likely be swiftly absorbed into the system and submit to the ?”Iron Law of Oligarchy ” devised by Robert Michels in 1911. I refuse to grin and bear it.

Has your community where you live had refugees or migrants move into it since Angela Merkel opened the borders?

Yes, every single community I lived in during the 29 years of my life (which sum up to five in four different federal states).

Was your community welcoming to the new arrivals and how did you personally feel about their arrival?

When the ongoing immigrant tide broke loose, I lived in Hamburg. Being a genuinely left-liberal-green city state, it, of course, welcomed the “traumatized refugees” with open arms and produced various refugee camps out of thin air. I felt very uncomfortable with this?since Hamburg already had a massive problem with illegal aliens, many of them homeless, and a staggering migrant crime rate. I was proved right in a minimum of time and more than happy when I was able to move away.

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Photo Of The Day

U-Boat 110: A German Submarine that was sunk and salvaged in 1918. Photo: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

U-Boat 110: A German Submarine that was sunk and salvaged in 1918. Photo: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

?Inside A Captured First World War German U-Boat (1918)

This collection is taken from an album of photographs found in the Swan Hunter shipbuilders collection at Tyne & Wear Archives. The album is from 1918 and documents the U.B. 110 before she was scrapped on the dry docks of Swan Hunter Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend.

The twin-screw German submarine U.B. 110 was built by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg.

On the 19th July 1918, when attacking a convoy of merchant ships near Hartlepool, she herself was attacked by H.M. Motor-Launch No. 263 and suffered from depth charges. Coming to the surface she was rammed by H.M.S. Garry, a torpedo boat destroyer, and sunk.

In September she was salvaged and placed in the admiralty dock off Jarrow slake. She was then berthed at Swan Hunter’s dry docks department with an order to restore her as a fighting unit.

The Armistice on 11th November 1918 caused work on her to be stopped. She was towed on the 19th December 1918 from Wallsend to the Northumberland Dock at Howdon and was subsequently sold as scrap.

The album of photographs, taken by Frank & Sons of South Shields, documents the U.B. 110 in extensive detail. The photographs provide a rare glimpse into the mechanics and atmosphere of the raised German submarine.

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Photo Of The Day

A German worker refuses to raise his arm to give the nazi salute at Hitler's arrival to his factory, Hamburg, 1936.

A German worker refuses to raise his arm to give the nazi salute at Hitler’s arrival to his factory, Hamburg, 1936.

Just One Refused The Nazi Salute

It was Nazi Germany in 1936, and a crowd of people had gathered in Hamburg to watch the launch of a navy training vessel. As hundreds raised their arms in unison in the Nazi salute, one man stood with his arms crossed, his eyes squinting at whoever was leading the salute.

This picture has appeared periodically over the last few years. Its popularity is easy to understand. A crowd is slavishly announcing the thousand year Reich but one man, can you spot him, refuses to lift his hand. The picture has become associated with August Landmesser, a member of the Nazi party who made the error (according to his regime) of marrying a Jewish woman and then saw his family broken up, his wife murdered, and who was ultimately drafted and lost (MIA) on the Croatian front as the iron dream turned rusty.

And yet? And yet?

Well, we?ll get to the story?in a minute but first, the basic facts about the photograph. The image was taken 13 June 1936 at the launch of the Horst Wessel at the Blohm und Voss shipyard in Hamburg, a German training vessel: bizarrists may be interested to know that this ship is now called?the Eagle?and is part of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Narrower streets a better way?

Policy Parrot says:

With interest this Parrot reads about the New York town of Hamburg that was revived through narrowing of streets.

Retail boomed and it became apparent that earlier plans to widen the Main Street for vehicle safety and flow were quite stupid.

In Auckland there is a subtle battle between the North Korean Gestapo – Auckland Transport – and Urban Design.

Normally this Parrot likes neither group. One is impossibly difficult and corrupt (AT) and the other is utopian and has no foothold in reality.

But this Parrot does agree with certain urban design principles. One is narrow streets.

Narrow streets create character. In Auckland people prefer the narrow intimate character of High Street than the Boulevard next door – Queen Street which to be blunt – feels like a canyon of emptiness and devoid of soul.? Read more »

Hager is Liar

Political activist and friend of the English family Nicky Hager (I’m never gonna call him a “journalist”, “researcher” or “author” because all he ever does is promote the political interests of the extreme left and the English family) has attacked Don Brash in an interview with an AUT journalism student.  As usual, it is a pack of lies. It deserves a good old fisking. Here goes.

Hager responds to police cover-up allegations
Friday, 22 May 2009, 10:32 am
Article: Amanda Fisher – AUT

Bullshit. Hager was quoted in the media yesterday, within hours of Brash going public with this issue. Plus Tracey Watkins at the Dom-Post was clearly trying to contact him but he didn’t return his calls:
Plus RNZ was quoting him yesterday.

So it’s a lie that no one other than TV3 had approached him.

Author Nicky Hager is frustrated he has not had the opportunity to publicly respond to Don Brash’s contentions the police investigation into the leak of over 400 of his emails was compromised by political interference.

Mr Hager said he had not been approached by anyone other than TV3 – who were unable to make contact with him – to ask for a response to Dr Brash’s claims.

“It’s really amazing…they [Brash’s supporters] were defaming me and punishing me for what I did to them and no [journalist] rang me to check they were on the right track.”

No one was defaming Nicky Hager or even talking about him. No one is accusing nicky Hager of being a burglar, the worst he could possibly be accused of is receiving stolen goods and proceeds of crime. Everyone has been talking about who stole the emails and then gave them to Nicky Hager. Don Brash said yesterday he didn’t even want his inquiry to look into who stole the emails – just how thorough the police were. It’s not about you Nicky. Rest easy, no one is saying you’re a burglar.

Also, since when do journalists have to ring Nicky Hager to check they’re on the right track? Who the fuck does he think he is? The censorship board?

It’s only your comments that are “really amazing” dipshit.

Mr Hager refuted Dr Brash’s accusation that he had used information acquired from a break-in at the house of supporter Diane Foreman.

“Why would I want to have anything to do with an old man’s mistress? It’s so ridiculous.”

Well Nicky, seeing you say you didn’t steal the emails but someone else did and gave them to you, how do you know they didn’t come from a break-in at Diane Foreman’s house????

Don and Diane say there is material in the book that could only have come from information taken or seen in the burglary. They would know better than you, cunt, because they know about the burglary and what was in the house – and you don’t know where the info came from, remember?

Why would you be interested in “an old man’s mistress”? Well maybe because she was Vice Chairman of the Business Roundtable and therefore one of those you reckon was trying to buy an election … and that you wrote a book about, remember?

The latest bout of attention surrounding the case was a result of National Party public relations work and not because the censorship of the police file had genuine news value, he said.

“It wasn’t journalists that pursued this, it was a PR guy.”

Nicky may not believe this but the National Party PR machine was pissed off about Brash’s move yesterday. They worry it was an inside job so they don’t want anyone talking about this if they can help it.

It wasn’t journalists? Who is Guyon Espiner? Who is Fran O’Sullivan? Who is Tracey Watkins?
And since when are only journalists allowed to pursue issues anyhow? In that case, better stop writing books, dickhead.

Prime Minister John Key told The Dominion Post on May 19 that he had questioned National members who had been a speculated source of the leaked emails, and all had reassured him of their loyalty.

This followed Dr Brash’s recent claims that the censored version of the police investigation into the leaked emails, which comprised the basis of Hager’s The Hollow Men which ultimately derailed Dr Brash’s political career, was a political cover-up.

Dr Brash told TV3 the police inquiry had been a joke, and anything of interest in the file had been censored.

Mr Hager said police censorship of OIA-requested material was not unusual. A fuller police disclosure would further clear him of any wrong-doing.

How do you know? Have you seen the secret file? And no one is accusing you of wrongdoing anyhow. You received stolen property, maybe, and wrote a book.

“The police are really terrible under the Official Information Act. This is quite normal for them. I wish they’d release more.”

Tell them to release your interview notes then.

There were various reasons for the censorship and, though complete investigation files had previously been released in high-profile investigations, “there are lots of other police cases where they don’t release information”, Mr Hager said.

Bullshit. Name them. Usually they have to release their file to the accused.

The police were not at liberty to release the parts of the file which contained information he had given them, he said.

So it’s YOU telling the cops they can’t release the file is it? Fearless crusader for disclosure that you are. What about if someone breaks into the copshop, gives the file to Ian Wishart? Is he allowed to write a book about it? Or is that only you?

“I spoke to them on the basis of confidentiality so of course they are not going to release that.”
What have you got to hide?

Don Brash talked to lots of people “on the basis of confidentiality” and you wrote a book about it. Why are you so special?

Other parts of the file would not be released in order to protect parliamentary security and procedures, he said.

How do you know? Seen the file have you?

Mr Hager was satisfied the police investigation had established the emails were leaked rather than stolen as much as was possible.

That’s a lie. The police press release makes clear they think there was a theft and that the emails were stolen. Liar, liar pants on fire.

“You can’t prove a negative. They can’t prove I didn’t break in.

Again, no one says you did. Only you seems to rave on about this.

“It’s complete stupidity – for the first 2 years they [Brash’s supporters] went on about how someone had obviously hacked into Don Brash’s computer.
“They had to move on because it just wasn’t tenable.”

Brash supporters don’t know how the emails were stolen, whether through hacking or other illegal tacking so fuck off. If you got them from someone else, how do you know how they got them? You don’t know if they were stolen or hacked – or do you?

Wellington field crime manager Detective Inspector Shane Cotter said the police would not be making any further comment in regards to the case.

“We’ve released the information and that’s it, there won’t be any comments from the police around that.”

Um, you haven’t released the information, all you’ve released is blank fricken pages.

Amanda Fisher is a journalism student at AUT

D- for you Amanda.

Goff backs calls for Commission of Inquiry into Brash Emails

Just received this PR;

Prime Minister John Key must put an end once and for all to years of speculation surrounding the source of the leaked Don Brash emails.

The emails were leaked to Nicky Hager and formed the basis of the book the Hollow Men.

“John Key opened the prospect of a Prime Ministerial investigation at this week’s post-Cabinet press conference. I ask him to make good on that,” Phil Goff said.

“There has been much rumour and innuendo, mostly from National Party sources, about who leaked the emails. John Key now has the opportunity to end this speculation.

“One of the quickest ways John Key can do this is to ask the police to release the unedited file of its investigation.

“Labour would welcome that. We have said from the outset that we had no knowledge of where the emails came from. We would like to know as much as anyone else who was responsible for the leaks.

“Theories have ranged from hackers targeting Don Brash’s computer to National Party insiders trying to undermine his leadership,” Phil Goff said.

“Labour is calling for openness and transparency. John Key should ask the Police to release the information on this case in its entirety.”



Fran O'Sullivan : Police excuses ring hollow

Fran O’Sullivan : Police excuses ring hollowFormer National Leader Don Brash cuts a rather pathetic figure as he fruitlessly tries to get to the bottom of who stole the cache of his emails Nicky Hager used as the basis of his book The Hollow Men. There are plenty of theories… [NZ Herald Politics]

Fran O’Sullivan has taken up the cudgel in the increasingly smelly Police investigation of the stolen Brash emails. Unfortunately in her attempt to find out what is happening she attacks Police minister Judith Collins.

Brash has had no help from Police Minister Judith Collins either. Collins was Brash’s close political chum during the dying days of his leadership when it seemed as if he might just survive. But she has not asked for a review.

Now if Fran had actually bothered to read the law pertaining what a Police minister can and cannot do, she would know that Judith Collins actually can’t order such a review. The relevant section is Section 16 of the Policing Act. I have taken the liberty of doing Fran’s research for her. Here is what Section 16 says;

Responsibilities and independence of Commissioner

  • (1) The Commissioner is responsible to the Minister for—
    • (a) carrying out the functions and duties of the Police; and
    • (b) the general conduct of the Police; and
    • (c) the effective, efficient, and economical management of the Police; and
    • (d) tendering advice to the Minister and other Ministers of the Crown; and
    • (e) giving effect to any lawful ministerial directions.

(2) The Commissioner is not responsible to, and must act independently of, any Minister of the Crown (including any person acting on the instruction of a Minister of the Crown) regarding—

  • (a) the maintenance of order in relation to any individual or group of individuals; and
  • (b) the enforcement of the law in relation to any individual or group of individuals; and
  • (c) the investigation and prosecution of offences; and
  • (d) decisions about individual Police employees.

So you see Judith Collins has her hands tied. It is probably for the best that the law preculdes this lest other less judicious adherents to the law started directing the Police. One wonders though whether previous Police Ministers and indeed Prime ministers have somehow circumvented this aspect of the law.

Whatever, though, the continued whitewash of the investigation can only lead one to presume that their is omething smelly in the Police Department.

This case would be one of the reasons I would use to establish a wide ranging Independent Commission against Corruption which would contain the resources of the Serious Fraud Office, the Police Complaints Authority and a rotating panel of judges. We need to root out corruption form everywhere it appears to be festering and a good start would the three op people at the Police National HQ.

Bassett on Labour's smear machine

Guido Fawkes has outed the nasty smear machine in the UK and brought down a top Downing Street advisor and Michael Bassett has an article about the links between UK Labour and NZ Labour and the existance of a similar smear machine here in New Zealand.

Those with memories might recall the parade of dirty tricks used by the beleaguered Labour Party prior to the last election to smear their opponents. First there was the hacking into Don Brash’s computer and the stealing of a selection of emails that found their way to the egregious Nicky Hager. He spun a tissue of fabrications worthy of the Holocaust denier, David Irving. Labour’s leaders had a very good idea about who was the culprit, but they sat back and smiled while calumny was heaped on the opposition leader, and Hager made money from the book he published based on stolen goods. For myself, I have always believed that someone inside the Beehive was responsible for stealing those emails in the first place. The Police’s investigation was scandalously conducted and found nothing.

What is disgusting about the Police investigation into the Brash email theft is the total disregard of Police HQ for the rule of law with regard to OIA requests. Don Brash is still waiting for his file.

Then there was the establishment of a blog called The Standard. The Labour Party ran a weekly newspaper from 1934 to 1959 that published political material. It was subject to the normal journalistic standards of the time. But the new blog version made no pretence at following even the reduced journalistic standards of modern times. Registered to an address in Helen Clark’s electorate, and operating out of the Beehive under ministerial supervision, it gave an airing to innuendo and false stories that ministers hoped might get picked up by the mainstream media. They often did. Indeed, several gullible reporters happily took their leads from the Beehive’s dirty tricks brigade. I saw an email sent by Ruth Dyson that had clearly been prepared by her apparatchiks. It denounced me, and urged her mailing list to protest to a newspaper that was running my columns. I’m told that the apparatchiks watched the news, made it their business to pick up material, true or false, and fed lines to people like Brian Rudman of the Herald. The same dirty tricksters fabricated a story about John Key that had Mike Williams rushing to Melbourne to check records, only to return empty handed, and red-faced, just before the election.

Yes the H-fee smear, led by “Batman” and Clinton Smith at The Standard attempted to smear John Key. When you look back across The Standard and look at the endless posts about shares, share parcels etc and then look at the parliamentary questions for the same time you can clearly see the colusion. The H-Fee smear backfired ultimately on Labour and on The Standard. Also don’t forget the orchestration with TV3 over the secret recordings, yet another link to Labour and the Standard.

Whilst we on the right are largely self employed the leftist lap-bloggers are by and large publicly funded.

The significance of all this is that New Zealand’s Labour dirty tricksters were all on the public payroll. They operated mostly from the Prime Minister’s Office where Helen Clark appeared to operate a kind of training school for younger versions of herself: people with degrees and absolutely no experience of life. Graduates of student politics, they regarded possession of the reins of power as some form of divine right. Mostly in their 20s, they were designated “advisers to the Prime Minister”. Since they had little general knowledge, and consequently nothing to advise with, they were paid good money, and put to work on dirty tricks. Several are now on Labour’s backbenches, where they are still being supported by the taxpayer. The Standard still exists, but it has been hollowed out by the end of the Beehive’s funding. It would be interesting to know whether, in its current withered state, it is being funded from Phil Goff’s office.

The full information of how The Standard operated is yet to emerge but slowly but surely the leaks are flowing, eating awway at the facade of their indepdence.

Greens say Gilchrist visited offices, reported on party activity

#1 HypocriteGreens say Gilchrist visited offices, reported on party activityThe Green Party is furious that police-paid spy Rob Gilchrist infiltrated its offices and was used to report on the party’s activities [TVNZ News Politics]

Oh dear, the Greens are all upset that the paid snitch “infiltrated” their offices and reported on their activities.

Let’s get a few things straight, it isn’t infiltration if you invite someone in to the office for a coffee and a chat and it isn’t snitching to be included on a mail list of activities.

Hell, colour me accused of snitching because I have 15 different “names” on Labour party mailing lists.

Of course while there is always the faux indignation card to play the Greens can continue to be “furious” and “outraged”. Pity they weren’t so outraged when a parliamentary office really was infiltrated and reports of communications were passed onto persons known and unknown.

In fact Green MP’s have gone out of their way to quote “Hollow Men” in numerous press releases. It is a bit rich of them to use information gained by real infiltration and spying for their own political gain yet moan like a whore who didn’t get paid when they are the victim.

Sue Bradford – “This Bill presents an opportunity for the National Party to distance itself from the hard-right policies and the Hollow Men of the Brash years.”

Russel Norman – “According to Nicky Hager’s book The Hollow Men, leading members of the Business Roundtable were secret donors to the National Party in the last election campaign.

Hager identifies Business Roundtable members Alan Gibbs, David Richwhite, Doug Myers, Peter Shirtcliffe as amongst the secret donors.

National hid the true identity of their funders behind secretive trusts like the Waitemata Trust. National knows who gave them money but the public does not.

It is no surprise that Business Roundtable members are attacking campaign finance reform when it was Business Roundtable members who gave secret donations to National”

Russel Norman – “This is especially important in light of the revelations in Nicky Hager’s book, The Hollow Men, that the National Party Board and leadership were aware of the identity of the key big donors to the party even though they never appear in their Donations’ Return to the Electoral Commission, and the revelations of their close links to the Exclusive Brethren.”

Russel Norman – The Green Party has written to the Police and the Electoral Commission asking them to investigate whether charges should be laid against the National Party regarding their donations’ return for 2005, in light of Nicky Hager’s book The Hollow Men.

“The book presents considerable evidence that the political and organisational leadership of the National Party were aware of the identity of major party donors yet in their donations return to the Electoral Commission these names were not mentioned,”

As you can see The Greens were quite happy to quote chapter and verse from the Hollow Men. For them to now complain is…well…we all know what that is, but what would you expect from a bunch of un-reconstituted communists, maoists, leninists and warmenisers.

Police State?

Snitch Lynn, the guy with the girls name, at the Standard and Malcolm…..uhhh…More Idiot than Savant at No Right Turn are all agog as is Nicky Hager at the news that the cops are spying on protest groups. From the list of these groups I don’t see Rotary or Lions or Zonta or the Prebyterian Women’s League in there, just the usual list of law breaking, shit kicking bums who show up at all the protests going.

Lynn, the guy with the girls name, at the Standard seems to think that it is all Judith Collins’ fault. Except he forgets that she has only been the Minister for a scant 4 weeks and that these operations have been going on for years, not nine years but perhaps 5 years. That means that his ex-Leader, and her Police Minister, Annette “Full Moon” King must have known about these operations. They would have been briefed, and indeed they probably initiated the investigations.

Malcolm…..uhhhhh….More Idiot than Savant at No Right Turn can be safely ignored because he is just the usual squealer whenever the world isn’t revolving in the alignment he prefers.

That leaves me with Nicky Hager, the trust fund baby who lives in a million dollar house yet hates the very capitalism that clothes and feeds him. He is shocked and horrified that people are being spied on.

Nicky Hager is a fucking hypocrite. He wasn’t shocked and horrified when it became obvious that the Leader of the Opposition was being spied on, and his private and confidential correspondence was stoelen. Oh no, that wasn’t spying was it? It was in the public interest.

Shocked and horrified? Not bloody likely he was fricken ecstatic and wrote a book about it. Fucking, stinking, double dealing little hypocrite.

And now onto Lynn, the guy with a girls name at the Standard’s little niece, oh yeah, she pops up again and again and again. Little shit stirring hussy. Rochelle Rees is no innocent party to all this. She has known for a long time about it, it has all been timed to try to smear National, that somehow they are running a Police State when in fact it was Helen Clark that was running the Police State.

If only the leftist twats like Lynn, the guy with a girls name, would just open their clouded eyes they would see that all this ocurred on Labour’s watch, that they must have known all about it and in fact probably authorised it like the spying on Don Brash.

On another note, why doesn’t Rochelle Rees look to blame her boyfriend, He is the snitch that kept dobbing them all in after all.