Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Public Service Announcement


Most right-wingers are contemptuous of the very concept of 'rape culture,' in fact there was no shortage of them peddling 'uncovered meat' fallacies in the wake of the Roastbusters scandal.  So, in a perverse way I'm almost grateful to the repulsive cretins of @Peace for providing us with a teachable 'rape culture' moment that right-wingers won't immediately dismiss out-of-hand.

Their song "Kill the PM" includes the following, addressed to that PM, one John Key, and his daughter, Stephanie Key:

One of these days I'm gonna fuck your daughter
This poor boy gonna make his seed
All the way up in your girl
Hello, Miss Key

For the Pete Georges of this world, what's offensive about the above lyric is that it's very rude to the PM and his daughter, talking about having sex with her - how dare they?  But that's just twats berating twats - what's actually, genuinely offensive about the above lyric is it's a powerful expression of rape culture.

If you're thinking he didn't say he was going to rape her, you're missing the point.  Here's the rape culture involved:

1. The most obviously rapey bit is that whatever interest or distinct lack of interest Stephanie Key might have in letting this ambulatory excrement within touching distance of her apparently isn't relevant from his point of view.

2.  The less obvious, but far worse, rapey bit is the matter of why this turd-on-legs wants to fuck Stephanie Key - not because of her appearance, her personality or any of the other, mundane, trivial reasons two people might fuck.  No, the reason he wants to fuck her is he thinks squirting semen in her would be a suitable gesture of contempt for her father.  That's rape culture right there, folks. Attitudes to sex and to women don't get much more poisonous than this - quite an achievement for a self-proclaimed Green voter...

UPDATE:  realised I've unfairly maligned Pete George in this post - from the look of recent Kiwiblog threads, he actually gets what rape culture is.  Apologies, Pete.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Churches and Politics



Kiwiblog has a post about some Christchurch  Anglican and Methodist parishes displaying overt political bill boards.




Some of the comments display breathtaking ignorance.

One in particular lamented that Christians should do more to get involved with politics.

I don’t know what more Christians can do.  To my knowledge Christians in New Zealand have a fine tradition of ‘getting involved' in politics.   A number of eminent politicians have been Christians.  A few I can recall from my own Presbyterian denomination include the late Sir Jack Marshall, Dame Jenny Shipley, Chris Auchinvole and Winnie Laban.  I’m sure there are more.

One of the reasons no overtly Christian political party has ever succeeded is that middle New Zealand abhors the high jacking of their religious convictions for political purposes.  We do not wear our religion on our sleeves and instead we prefer to just quietly get on with the job and let our Christian faith shine through in the way we do that job.

The Christchurch parishes in question have allowed their churches to be highjacked by political activists and as a result those who hold opposing political views will quietly leave.

In the Presbyterian parish of which I was a member for twenty eight years there was an unwritten rule – leave your politics at home.  Thus, I was able to serve on various committees with people of all political persuasions, including a lady who was a far left Marxist and member of the infamous ‘peace movement’ of the seventies and eighties.   In this way the peace, unity and harmony of the parish was preserved, something about which  the fools in Christchurch have no idea.




The realists speak

The price of land may limit the benefits of the National Party's new promise to first-home buyers, the Registered Master Builders Association says.

This is not surprising.

National’s housing policy doesn’t address the problem, it simply provides a band-aid solution.  And a shallow one, that is likely to seep and bleed for years.  It saddens me to say that but in reality it displays a willingness to accept failure in the housing market.  As the eminent professor says in the article:
However, Auckland University professor of property Laurence Murphy said although the National policy of providing a higher KiwiSaver grant to a couple buying a new build may support a group of people today, there was no guarantee the next generation would benefit.

He said it did not necessarily address the wider issues of housing affordability.
Exactly.

Kiwisaver was set up to make sure we could save for when we needed the money in our later years. It also helps the country's current account balances. So-called "affordable housing" can mostly only be achieved where supply exceeds demand, and where the cost of housing comes down. We should help these two things by making more land available and cutting compliance costs. That’s exactly what RMB is saying, and unashamedly, is exactly what Act is saying also.  But because Act is not offering bribes, it gets little cut-through.

There is a good reason why land inside Auckland's urban boundary is 8 times more expensive than land outside it.  Politicians then get annoyed at this and criticise landbankers. But landbankers are incentivised to do so by governments that refuse to release land for development. Realizing all of this is too hard to solve, or burying their collective heads in the sand, politicians then decide that taxpayers should pay for someone who wants to buy their first home.

The cost of $218 million is likely to end up like the Green Party's budget costs - grossly underestimated and wrong. That's because once you make something "free", demand for it increases. That'll mean more people are likely to take up the offer, meaning we are all going to pay more. Eventually the chickens come home to roost on "free money" and that's when you run out of it like Margaret Thatcher famously said.

Then comes the problem of savings being directed into housing, which many commentators and politicians over the years have said is wrong to do. Capital should at the very least be directed towards more productive areas, so the politicians tell us. But when it comes near to an election, all is forgotten.

The final problem with this is one that is sad but inevitable. In my job I see many young couples starting a future together, yet the statistics tell us most won't end their lives still together. When they split up the relationship money is divided up. Their Kiwisaver money and taxpayers contributions are divided up and paid out. The money never ends up back in Kiwisaver where it came from. Instead it is used on life's wants, rather than its needs. 

That's their savings, and our tax money pretty much flushed down the drain.
 

Monday, August 25, 2014

More dirty money in Mega

Following on from my old mate Adolf's post below, comes this beauty:
Kim Dotcom says he had no idea there were questions over money invested in the filesharing website Mega by another shareholder facing scrutiny from police.

It has emerged today that William Yan, who is also known as Bill Liu, has had shares totaling 18.8% of Mega, the encrypted filesharing site Dotcom masterminded into existence.

The shares were among millions of dollars in asset seized by police in a raid on the exclusive Metropolis building in Auckland during an investigation into allegations of money laundering. Mr Yan is not facing any criminal charges and Dotcom is not connected to the investigation.
In case dear readers had forgotten, Bill Liu has his own murky history explained by Lord Farrar here.

Words escape me.

This is the most unbelievable election I can recall for a very long time. And it is far from over.

Meanderings (Updated)

Will the Electoral Commission launch an inquiry into the machinations of DotKrim and all his hangers on?

Will the DotKrim menagerie turn into the biggest legal and financial debacle in NZ's history when authorities seek to recover all his ill gotten gains??

Will DotKrim's extradition hearing be presided over by Judge Phillipa Cunningham?  Does he make her laugh?

Will Tame Iti make a good politician?   Recall how Tariana Turia was vilified by the right early in the piece.  She turned out to be a extremely competent politician, showing more common sense and moral rectitude than many of her detractors.

Is a modest electoral bribe by National in the form of its housing policy better for NZ than a change of government?

Are the fools over at Kiwiblog who refer to Tama Iti the same fools who talk about John Keys?

A Voting Conundrum - Part 2

On Saturday afternoon (late) the Labour Candidate for Tukituki, Anna Lorck, held a street corner meeting on the corner of our street. No one turned up so she resorted to door knocking and our neighbour sent her over to us saying that we were from Central Hawkes Bay - her home patch as well as ours. I quickly gave her the message that neither Labour or any other party on the left would be getting our votes. I also raised the following with her - 1. How could she support a leader as stupid and arrogant as David Cunliffe - the man who gifted two safe Labour seats to National by sacking the democratically elected HBDHB some years ago. No real response. 2. How could she and Labour support the Kim Dot Com party given his overseas criminal convictions and impending extradition hearings - she stuttered and stammered and repeated the party line that Labour was not supporting his party and was in no way convincing. She then scuttled back to her street corner. In all a lightweight candidate and a lightweight performance.

Lucky Indeed the Herald on Line is Unbiased


Published online today
Pam Corkery nearly upstaged Kim Dotcom's Internet Party's campaign launch. Right, John Key. Photo / NZ Herald

Possible alternatives





Should have carried an authorisation statement????

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pam Corkery for Pope


Fuck did I enjoy this story on 3News.  The journos took their revenge, of course, with 3 News saying "The Internet Mana election launch has ended in disaster," but from the viewers perspective it ended in the totally awesome spectacle of Pam Corkery giving the assembled journos a right bollocking, and accurately characterising Brook Sabin (who, despite the name, is male) as a "puffed up little shit."

This is shaping up to be the best election campaign since 1984, regardless of who wins...

Disgusting bribe, oops smart politics

I could write a lengthy post on why National's housing policy is terrible, but it's boring philosophical diatribe, so the simplest way to describe it is this: When Labour bribed students in 2005 it was decried by the Nats as shameless and a disgraceful bribe.  But when National bribes the lower and middle class with my money (because I own a house so can't take advantage of the "subsidy"), it appears to be described as "smart politics".

I don't want to hear anything from my National Party mates when Labour increase the $20,000 subsidy to $40,000 in a few years.  Because I'll throw it back at ya.

And finally, I thought the Muldoon days showed subsidies made the country bankrupt.  Oh well, I guess it'll become someone else's problem in a few years and John Key will be playing golf in Hawaii  by then.  When doing so, he'll likely be shouting "fore", which, funnily enough, is exactly the same word I'm shouting out now.

The problem is, no one's listening or cares.

Thats Just The Media Person!

The SKASFETUS ( Save Kim Aka Schmitz From Extradition To United States) Party of conveniences  launched their diversionary tactic today, the main man arrived , avoided reporters , made his speech from the throne and avoiding serious questions then departed in another vehicle.
Now the speech included references to his conviction in Germany for "hacking".
So in the interests of clarification that gave some legitimacy to questions around his possible involvement in the DDOS attack on Slater's computers, the subsequent hacking of the emails and the surfacing in Hagar's Saga and Blogsite whaledump with the concerted attacks on The Nats, Key Collins and others that has the authorities sitting on their hands.


It was left to the Media Manager to make his avoidance interference, function.

Who you ask, well none other than the voice, Pam Squawkery, bullying, screeching Banshee and with use of expletives she put the press in their place.

TvOne news deleted the expletive from her rant and it was completely unnecessary, some words are very obvious to even those with no abilities around lip reading.

"...You want to interview Kim, who said no interviews, about a 19-year-old story. You work in news you puffed up little sh*t," said Ms Corkery.

Pam Corkery. (Source: ONE News)

"Charming" I must say

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Doing Its Job For Labour

The Herald, that is.

Here are ALL the headlines this morning from their politics page.  Spot the common theme.


Editorial: 'Crusher' must be put in her place

Minister's staffer took part in blog

Collins grants blogger's request in just 37 minutes

Jones lobbied Govt over Liu's partner

Here's some news for the Herald.

 Crusher is in her lace - around the cabinet table.

All parliamentary staffers read and comment on blogs.

It would be news if the OIA had deliberately been delayed - Phil Goff ring any bells?

Oh dear, anything to smear their traitor Jones who must simply be laughing his arse off as Labour continues to slide in the polls.

 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Why didn't they stop the Nonsense at Moa.

I have a very strong familial and emotional link to the establishment and subsequent expansion of the "Iron Roads"  that along with coastal shipping were so essential to the growth of our country from European Settlement until the mid twentieth century.

There was no alternative.

To move livestock to Slaughter, meat to ships, coal to Industry, wool from woolshed to sale center then on to ports and in more limited ways the transport of people around the growing nation a rail network was the only viable land based infrastructure.

During the later decades of the 19th and the initial three decades of the 20th centuries, Most roads were but mud tracks with shingle/metal only applied to parts that were vulnerable to seepage , flowing water and in times of heavier use to overcome mud.
For what was then heavy transport often the season dictated passage.

As the rail network was being completed with the terrain challenged coastal part of the SI main Trunk from the Conway to the Ure rivers opening in 1945 many branch lines, had been, were being closed or facing such termination.

When the Governement sold NZR and got the hell out of Dodge it was possibly the most necessary and foresight enhanced decision of all the early asset sales and selling Coalcorp when Key came to office would have been equally beneficial to the NZ economy.
Cullen purchasing all the unprofitable arms  back from Toll was a moment of complete commercial ignorance.
Now another stupid statist socialist wants to add to the pile of stupidity by "investing in Hillside Workshops"  as a save the reds in Dunedin move.
There might be a vote or two in his brainfart but I sense too many have tumbled such inane stupidity and it will have minimal influence.

Ele at homepaddock posts an excellent piece on this and points out most if not all who wish to work have found places elsewhere and often in enterprises that occupy the site that will have to be vacated if Cunliffe adds his wet dream to Cullen's.

Just another little topup to be added to the 28 Billion and counting!!!

A Clear Illustration of Lack of Balance.



plus the massive dangers such biased incompetence will generate.

The saturation coverage of things political, since the warped witterings of Hagar hit the booksellers, by what is euphemistically called media, one month out from an election, is seriously undermining a basic foundation block of our democracy.

Cameron Slater is a political animal, his Dad was and still is at or very close to the party machine that handles the management spheres of National.
He grew up with leading National political figures dominating his formative years.
Now as a very unique, informed person, possessing significant political links to a wide variety of influential people, he has developed the number one political blog in this country with daylight to second, the more apparently acceptable effort of David Farrer.

The media have for nearly two weeks indulged in a campaign to make copy from the very selective data stolen from Slaters computers during or soon after the DDOS attack early this year and published by Green Party Prince of Charlatania going by what I and others consider to be an effeminate diminutive, Nicky.

During this feeding frenzy around a body that seriously refuses to bleed in the water, every single political journo totally refuses to ever investigate any possibility that "They do it too".
Helen Clark once said "I cannot by definition ever leak".

“In response to Parliamentary questions over the Doongate affair, Helen Clark today claimed that it is up to her to decide when she leaks material to the media.
“She is trying to give herself immunity from the conventions of Cabinet collective responsibility, and has signalled that she is prepared to leak confidential information whenever she likes.
“That should be a chilling admission to anyone who disagrees with Helen Clark.  It’s a dangerous precedent and an affront to democracy,”


Working out of the campaign Headquarters of the socialists are a bunch of bloggers who have been and may still be active in The Standard a political blog claiming to be the mouthpiece of the NZLP.
Greg Presland aka 'Micky Savage, lprent the self proclaimed sysop who is in reality Lyn Prentice, Clinton Smith of Hey Clint fame aka Steve Piersen, and Martyn "Bomber " Bradbury now at the other socialist hatespeech center, The Daily Blog, have all at various times published very supportive stuff of the cheerleaders of the red  piranhas,  that has to be based on information that came from the very inner sanctums of the guts of the Labour party. Ex General Secretary prior to Timmy Barnett is a co trustee of The Standard and writes there under his name Mike Smith.

Some of the content that eventuates on The Standard is very unpleasant reading and not for the faint hearted yet the media output in the wake of Hagar's saga would suggest National and Cam Slater not only discovered the dark arts, they are still the only purveyors.

That is bollocks and they know it, they just choose to ignore what might bring balance to their efforts.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

IT was Murder Not an execution FFS.



OK  I have breathed through my nose for days,  tonight, I am sorry, but that is enough of just getting angry.

No I have not watched the cold blooded killing of American Journalist James Foley and will assert it was absolutely nothing to do with execution in any form of accepted judicial comprehension.

I understand that to hold a job today in journalism there are parameters around how matters are reported on Islamic activity.
Being the religion of peace they get special consideration so whereas a religious nutter in say Northern Ireland might go on a murderous rampage in the aftermath of an Orange March and kill a Catholic who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time it wont be described as Execution.
However if a warped minded pom should travel to Syria to fight with the Jihadists and under the watchful eye of a video camera hack the head off an American Journalist it could not possibly  be murder it suddenly transforms into an "Execution".

Execution in relation to ending the life of a fellow human refers to state sanctioned judicial killing with due process according to  law.
Slaughter, murder, manslaughter, even death by accident or negligence will be covered in laws and not be executions

This latest killing of a Journalist captured doing his job is never in any way an execution.
I have never heard the term execution used to refer to death in Gaza except in relation to "carrying out", otherwise we get murdered , slaughtered, killed in attacks, collateral deaths, massacre!!!

Is it too much to ask journalists even those who for whatever reason support Islam, Palestine, or any other bunch with a relevance to the followers of the strange dude with an odd attitude to little girls, could describe the killing of Mr Foley as Murder, for that was exactly what it was.
He was in the warzone armed with a camera, a pen and a laptop and was more valuable in the long view if the cause of the Islamists has any merit.

He was captured in November 2012, so he was  waiting for many months with all the accompanying stress and terrible mind torture of knowing nothing of his fate, then butchered like a dog just because he had the wrong passport.

So to the Media Numpties who  understand very little and know even less, James Foley was killed, slaughtered, butchered or murdered take your pick but Executed he was most certainly not.
The poor bastard is still dead and the blood thirsty fucking thugs can rest assured his suffering is mercifully at an end.
His family, friends and colleagues, not so lucky, they will suffer this abomination  for as long as they live.

RIP James Foley.

It has Plausible Writ Large.



As the drip drip of the very selective revelations from the smelly but uncomposted bin of illegally obtained emails that Hagar presented with such well orchestrated effect and now has the coalition from hell sensing a successful battle against #Team Key, more of us want to know who is the Puppet Master as unpublished raw data is released.

Number one suspect who fits motive, opportunity and ability functions, is the fat fuck from Coatsville with substantial assistance of sycophants and the stupid inept both owned and bought and the desperate useful idiots.
Not necessarily the mastermind but it could be within TFF's  sphere to "get the fix in", to totally subvert our fragile democracy.

Towards the end of his AM show Shaun Plunket explored some lines as to who could be behind what has been a quite well executed battle plan, with Chris O'Connell of  TUANZ and although they did not name a prime suspect, O'Connell put a bunch of very scary nerds in the frame.

About a decade ago many in and around the internet began to suspect a bunch of super hackers going under the name of "Anonymous" who have variously been called; 'internet terrorists', 'internet anarchists', 'internet freedom fighters' who with increasing notorious activities led "Time Magazine" to include the nefarious bunch in their list of "100 most influential in the world".
Some of the actions attributed to the "Anons" make for very scary reading as to their reach and the apparent failure of the Law and Authority to combat them

To be successful as a "hacker" one of the basics is to stay hidden as exposure leads to serious legals and total loss of face and prestige.
Such outcomes, in O'Connell's opinion removed TFF of Coatsville as a member of Anonymous but did concede he would be well placed to purchase the material Hagar and Whaledump have used.

The more one discovers about the exploits, proved and suspected to have been perpetrated by the very loose but very effective group going by the umbrella name of Anonymous, the firmer the belief that the term "Internet Al Queda" is not a big stretch as a descriptive.

Whoever is the source of the stream of criminal activity that is being used in the attempt to corrupt our democracy, so shamelessly being enjoyed and celebrated by the opponents of #Team Key, it will matter little if they are successful as it will have a devastating effect on any remnant  shreds of  the increasingly eroded myth of freedom of speech and expression.
The concerted efforts of H1 and her sycophants with the Electoral Finance Act and related attempts to diminish rights to promote political views at variance to those of the government, were but  a warning,  this latest manifestation is even scarier and much more  insidious.
Collins dropping a name to a blogger will be but very minor if all contact between those who hold the secrets and those who wish to disseminate such info by way of leak and hint will be a distant memory and those who would rule us will be emboldened and empowered while we  the peasants will be the losers.

First they came for the leakers and I did nothing as I dont leak.
Then they came for the bloggers and I did nothing as I did not blog.
Then they came for the Journalists and I did nothing as I was not a Journo.
Then they came for those polies who opposed them--------------??????????

Whether TFF is involved we may never know but he is with little doubt a potential beneficiary of the current potential cluster fornication.
The best defense is two ticks National and then we can return to where it began and debate the way we used to with salacious gossip between the Polies, the media and the political junkies while the masses or the few at the center of the pendulum decided who would sit on the Speakers Righthand.

Dicklaxia

Now that rumours are beginning to swirl about David Cunliffe's long standing trysts with an eminent person it is interesting to reflect upon the virtue of having political leaders who actually sleep with their own wives and nobody else. 

On the plus side, I'd expect previous leaders like Jim Bolger, Jenny Shipley, Jack Marshall and Rob Muldoon to have been on the straight and narrow.  What about the other side's heroes?  David Longe?  

It's no wonder Cunliffe has been making so many dreadful mistakes.  It must be a full time job remembering what lies he has told his wife.  If their wives can't trust them, I don't want serial philanderers running the country or a major city.  How ironic it will be if the email thief releases Cameron Slater's up to date information on Len Brown's alleged continuing use of prostitutes.

BTW, on another topic, has anyone seen any polling from Te Tai Tokerau?  Does Mana stand a chance in any of the other Maori seats?

PHIL GOFF - WHAT IS HIS END GAME

In a display of major hypocrisy Phil Goff seems to be pre-empting the SIS inquiry and is loudly calling for John Key to resign. This of course is the same Phil Goff who, as I understand it, leaked the Don Brash `Gone By Lunchtime' comment to the media some years ago. Goff has been almost completely anonymous since resigning the Labour leadership but now he appears to be making a resurgence. Is he planning to throw his hat in the ring to replace the unlikeable and unelectable David Cunliffe after the election? If he is he should pick his fights better because he is flogging a dead horse here and will also be if he takes on the Union dominated Labour leadership election process.

Way to lose the moral high ground, dumbasses

How things change in a week.  Last week, the left had the moral high ground.  Hager has an excellent "public interest" defence for the use of stolen documents in his book, because he ignored all the personal stuff and published only the details of black ops by the governing political party and its operatives.  The government was accordingly on the back foot.

This week, the creeps who stole the documents are drip-feeding the lot into the public domain, including all the personal conversations full of gossip and intimate detail that there is no public interest defence whatsoever for publishing.  This is, in fact, "the left" engaging in dirtier politics than the people they're criticising - if you thought it was bad for Cameron Slater to publish the gory details of Len Brown's sexual activities, at least he hadn't stolen the info he published.  And this is far worse than the Len Brown story because the content published by Whaledump has a lot of personal info in it about non-involved third parties.

Naturally, this being salacious gossip and all, the nation's alleged "journalists" are lapping it up.  Well, everyone's got to make a living, I guess, even bottom-dwellers.  And "the left" in general?  Well, take a look at this thread over at The Daily Blog: the obnoxious blowhard who wrote the post most likely knows who the thief is, and the braying imbeciles commenting are enough to make you vote ACT. Sick fucks.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Journo scum

In an episode of the sadly underrated "Filthy, Rich and Catflap," Richie is revealed as being suited to a career in tabloid journalism:

Ralph Filthy:   This is no time to mince with words, Eddie. We must be honest. Richie is a lying, cheating, vicious right-wing bastard with the sexual sophistication of a mentally retarded donkey. Which means, you are ideally suited to be...
Richard Rich: [disgusted]   A journalist?
Ralph Filthy:   Yeah.
Richard Rich:   You mean...
[puts on his hat]
Richard Rich:   join the scum?
Edward Catflap:   Become a journo?
Ralph Filthy:   Yes.
Edward Catflap:   What shall we do for an encore, Filthy, set fire to a hospital?

I was reminded of it by this story in this morning's New Zealand Herald, which, appropriately enough, is a tabloid:  Revealed: Slater's messages with a former prostitute.  The story names the woman and spills enough dirt on her to put her in significant danger.  Natch, it does nothing but tease a bit about the customers involved:  a "senior lawyer," a "top businessman" etc.  Which means damn near every senior lawyer or top businessman in the country just developed a strong interest in seeing to it that this woman gets a clear message.  Newsworthiness thereof 0, sleaze value 100.

You can tell the quality of a newspaper (more accurately, the distinct lack of it) in how quickly it can shift from "These leaks are a moral outrage!" to "Yo, watch me use the leaks to fuck up this hooker."  The Herald appears to be lightning fast in this respect.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Semi final


Dotcom to serve.

15/0 – a nice serve by Dotcom, he aced Slater all ends up and Slater never saw it coming.

15/15 – Slater returns the serve of Dotcom with vengeance, using Tempero as his playing partner.

15/30 – Slater on fire here.  He is obviously hacked off as he discovers more of it going on.

30/30 – Dotcom fends off the attack from Slater by using Hager in his defence who says Dotcom wasn’t the source. 

I think deuce is looking very likely in the first set.

Hagar, unbiased Investigative journalist and author, gimmee a break.



In vain attempts to give credibility and relevance to the witterings of hard left muck raker, Hagar, some present his fairytales called "Seeds of Distrust" and  "Secrets and Lies" as evidence of even handed and balance when viewed against "The Hollow Men" and his latest offering for paper in the woolshed long drop dunny.

BOLLOCKS.

"Corngate, as it became known was nothing to do with any form of attack on H1, that was an outcome when the Main Man at TV3 used it in a ratings assist ambush assault during an election campaign, not as a direct attack on the NZLP with Hagar's blessing.

The two books Seeds of Distrust and  Secrets and Lies were promotions of Green Party activities entirely fitting his leftard green sympathies.
The Hollow Men and Dirty Politics are total unbalanced, intentional denigration of the right of center contenders for electoral purposes.

Balance my arse, can anyone who has donated to the Hagar charity and promotion fund by buying his GIGO, point to a single passage that gives credence to such a rubbish proposal. Bradbury, Presland and all the other fellow travelers at The Standard and TDB, daily print garbage the equal of anything Slater ever publishes, using the same tactics and systems of leaks, hacking and innuendo from wherever, yet we are to accept when Slater does it it is wrong.  It was widely acknowledged by anyone in media circles that H1 was right up there in maters of salacious gossip that on occasions surfaced and one that comes to mind was the removal of Dover Samuels. Another was the rather unceremonious removal of The Police Commissioner Peter Doone who was not a beat copper candidate and his replacement with Howard Broad who was a little more vulnerable from baggage accumulated in his climb up the ranks.

Seriously who is being a little selective here.

Maybe 'Crusher' should be renamed 'Ratfucker?'

Finally got round to downloading a copy of "Dirty Politics" and reading it.  This is interesting stuff - it's unlikely to get widespread traction among those not interested in politics but, as Danyl points out in this post, "some of the reporters listening to the PM have read the book. And when Key insists that the real dirty politics comes from the left, I think, or hope, that they’ll reflect..."

And it looks like they are.  Andrea Vance has come to the same 'implausible deniability' conclusion that I did.  And, astonishingly, even long-term Key sycophant John Armstrong isn't backing him on this.

So, it may not make a difference to National's percentage of the vote, but it certainly does make the prospect of National's dealings with the media if it gets a third term look decidedly unpleasant.

As to the book itself, those who haven't read it are writing it off.  They shouldn't.  Here's one example, the allegation that Judith Collins was the source of the leaked email about Bronwyn Pullar's ACC claim:

"Boag sent an email to Collins about the Pullar case in March 2012.  It was leaked to the Herald on Sunday about a week later, revealing for the first time Pullar's name as the claimant, Boag's role in her case and, embarrassing for them both, an alleged attempt to do a deal over Pullar's ACC payment before returning the client list."

Before the leak, an ex-prostitute friend of Slater's worries that her ACC file is now in the hands of some guy who might find details of her activities in it.

"Slater said, 'I'll tell you what I'll do, I will call Collins and get the real story.'  After talking to Collins, he rang his friend the next day to say, 'The file was an excel spreadsheet ... there is fuck all in it except names and numbers.'  He reassured her that 'your file wasn't leaked or anyone elses'.  And Collins had told him more. 'The person who got it was a woman,' he said, 'she then tried to blackmail ACC into giving her something or she would release the file ... she is now going to be prosecuted for extortion.'"

Claims that Slater is a fantasist fond of big-noting about imagined contacts with senior politicians don't really stack up in this instance. Collins is a personal friend of his, and after claiming to have talked to her he had information about the case that only Collins and a few other people knew.  That's strong evidence that, at the very least, Collins gave out confidential information about her department's business and its clients.

More circumstantial evidence:

"On the Friday evening, two days before the Sunday newspaper came out, he boasted to his friend that he had known it was only a spreadsheet and now 'I know who it is too': he had had another conversation, presumably with Collins again, and learnt of Pullar's identity.  More important, he had heard what was going to happen to Pullar: 'She is going to get ratfucked hard.'"

Which she then was, by someone who had passed on Boag's email to David Fisher of the Sunday Herald. Potential suspects for the leak were Boag, Collins or senior ACC officials.  Boag had no motive for wanting the alleged extortion attempt splashed all over the Herald; nothing suggests any ACC officials leaked the email; but we do know that Slater had a strong motive to embarrass his enemy Boag, and that Collins was his close friend and had almost certainly given him information about the case already, and that if Slater passed the email to Fisher, Collins could swear with complete honesty that she hadn't leaked the email to Fisher.

So, yes - "no proof" that Collins leaked the email, only circumstantial evidence.  But personal opinion isn't a court of law - it deals in what you personally find more likely or less likely.  Having read this chapter, my personal opinion is that Collins most likely did quite deliberately leak that email to Slater for the purpose of 'ratfucking' Pullar.

Robin Hood, Nah More Dick Turpin.



Take from the rich and give to the poor has a nice ring to it except for those deemed rich.

Robin Russel and Maid Meteria have even included themselves as Politicians in the "rich".

So lets have a gander at that for starters Paul Plumber works his but off, pays heaps of GST on his spend and has zero ability to get ahead as he pays for his kids, his tools, his vehicle, his house and might get a couple of weeks off at Xmas and loses income while someone else does his work.
Robin Russel and Maid Met have a plethora of assistance via Parliamentary services, get all research and administration funded by PS, enjoy unlimited taxpayer funded travel for themselves and their families, and have extended holidays and time off with nobody competing for their ability to earn.
Tell me again who are the fortunate and favored rich there.

"The Poor", well they are a mysterious bunch who supposedly earn, maybe that should be acquire, less than 60% of the statistically delivered mean income.  No assessment as to where they live,  what they spend their "income" on or any of the myriad of choices they make daily whether beneficial or degrading or even where and how the largess appears.

The "Rich" estimated at "only 3%" of us to be gouged for that extra "Billion".
Gee they will just stand there and hand their money over to 'Robin' and his 'Plump Chick'.
 I don't think so, they will employ lawyers, bean counters and every legal manipulation at their disposal to avoid such state sanctioned theft.
If that is not true why don't Gareth Morgan and many other of the seriously wealthy who at various times, spend time hand wringing about the rank injustice of it all, just hand stacks and stacks of their dosh to the Government, because it is the right thing to do?

The original Hood was a legend, not in the modern sense but in the oral history fairytale style.
He was an "outlaw" intent on evading the authority of a Sheriff and his political master a Prince acting in the absence of the Monarch away giving the bash to the original Towel heads intent on slaughtering Richards religious leaders in the Middle East and occupying their territory.
Yep that is certainly nothing new.

That now widely acclaimed hero wearing a 'lime green hoodie', stole money from travelers, Tax collectors and the government and after taking care of the immediate needs of himself and his "Merry bunch" who incidentally had a "fat bastard" hovering on the margins,  then distributing any surplus remaining over to a few lucky people in the right place at the right time.

Dick Turpin on the other hand was also an outlaw who made his way just stealing from the wealthy for his own needs and it is common knowledge how that turned out, he passed with a sore throat related medical condition. Wasn't there a Black Bess involved there.

The Melons add another legend to the already many and varied around an outlaw who lived rough
largely as a lifestyle choice while contributing nothing to the advancement of the people.