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On Northland

Written By: - Date published: 1:44 pm, March 4th, 2015 - 106 comments

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I’ve been getting tired of the fantasy elections that some political commentators seem to enjoy playing. Currently the fantasises is in Northland, with the same old tiresome lines. It is a pity that most of those playing this game don’t ever seem to think about the behaviours of real voters, real candidates, and real parties.

Do the young really lack concentration?

Written By: - Date published: 1:23 pm, March 1st, 2015 - 85 comments

nzip13-population-pyramid

Now that I can no longer call myself young, the old adage that younger people simply lack concentration does appear to me to be correct. I look to the numbers on The Standard to see if there is a correlation and if I can argue a causation based on age. Are the younger readers without concentration, or are they just busy…

Carmel stood down for possible conflict of interest

Written By: - Date published: 6:48 pm, February 25th, 2015 - 230 comments

Carmel Sepuloni

Carmel Sepuloni’s mother has had charges of benefit fraud being laid against her. Andrew Little has done the sensible thing and stood down her as its social development spokesperson. While I’m sure that we will still get the dribbling trolls, this is how potential conflicts of interest should be handled. Updated.

Condescending Catherine Beard on TPP

Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, February 18th, 2015 - 51 comments

dunce cap

I’ve been involved in exporting from NZ for more than 35 years in everything from manufacturing to software. I support free trade. It is always embarrassing watching idiots waffling on a subject without any facts. But that is what you get with the secrecy of the TPP restraint of trade negotiations.

Damn you readers :) Upgrades again

Written By: - Date published: 7:47 pm, February 10th, 2015 - 31 comments

Dolphin Over World 2010

Well ok, after the election I figured that I could shift the site to some slower storage with a whole lot of redundancy in a RAID6 array of slower drives. We’d have a lot fewer readers than our peak for 6 months after post election, right? Nope – wrong. You are making me work…

The prince and the pea

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 pm, January 21st, 2015 - 76 comments

bomber bradbury

I have pointed out before that Bomber Bradbury is wee bit unsuited to the two way dialogue of the blogs. A fragile prima donna who doesn’t like to be contradicted by the people he gallantly slags off in his routine piques of bitchy ranting. Updated with Bomber proving the point as his manufactured myths fall apart.

Where is Cameron Slater?

Written By: - Date published: 7:55 am, January 21st, 2015 - 142 comments

whaleoil court

Yesterday I got contacted about Cameron Slater’s current address. Apparently the arsehole of the kiwi blogosphere hasn’t been paying his court ordered judgements against him that have been incurred in recent years. The person who contacted me wanted to serve a notice to bankrupt him.

Written in a deep summer haze

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, January 5th, 2015 - 94 comments

cow shit govt press release

I was astonished by an anonymous NZ Herald editorial on New Years day – “NZ economy is in a good place and thriving”. Obviously an inferior intellect was slow cooked in the warm holiday weather. It turned to mush and regurgitated one of Bill English’s wet dreams. Dairy prices are unlikely to rebound any time soon.

SkyCity’s expected subvention explained for John Roughan

Written By: - Date published: 9:28 am, December 27th, 2014 - 42 comments

elephant in the room

At last, some of our conservative short-term thinkers have woken up to the elephant in the room with the SkyCity convention centre subvention. Years late and their previous support has cost taxpayers dearly already. Perhaps they could learn to read reports? And think before committing us to be suckers?

Finally, Cuba.

Written By: - Date published: 7:45 am, December 18th, 2014 - 145 comments

cuba

I was born in June 1959. In October the following year, the United States put an embargo against Cuba, and it has remained in place ever since. Today it appears as if President Obama in the USA is intending to lift the substantive parts of the embargo. About time.

Lone nutters and suicide by cop

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, December 16th, 2014 - 89 comments

Mark Mitchell

As anticipated, the Sydney cafe siege was caused by a lone nutter with a dubious history. He committed suicide by cop apparently after killing a hostage. Meanwhile we have had opportunistic jerkoffs like National MP Mark Mitchell displaying their paranoid fantasies (probably as urine dribbles down their leg) to justify recent poorly written and rushed legislation.

First review results

Written By: - Date published: 6:56 am, December 9th, 2014 - 111 comments

vote positive billboard

“Labour’s review panel has reported its findings back about the party’s election campaign and the reasons for the low 25 per cent result, identifying problems ranging from a failure to unite behind former leader David Cunliffe to resourcing and confusion over its “Vote Positive” slogan.”

Poor (and rather pathetic) Bomber

Written By: - Date published: 9:52 pm, December 8th, 2014 - 109 comments

Dolphin Over World 2010

Martyn Bradbury is still ‘leading’ the left from the behind. My focus on this site is how to reduce all the costs. One of those costs over the last year has been complaints about us from inside the NZLP. That is why I decided last month to drop my membership. Bomber snarkily whining up his ego looks like another wasteful cost.

National’s campaign of false equivalences

Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, December 4th, 2014 - 102 comments

soliciting prositutes

John Key has been advertising us in parliament. But he has a problem distinguishing how his right puppet blogs operate compared to the volunteer blogs of the left. It says more about how John Key thinks than it does about us. Key prefers sites that recruit prostitutes in order to blackmail reporters.

Losing money

Written By: - Date published: 7:32 am, December 2nd, 2014 - 26 comments

exports trading partners 2012

The economic news is depressing for NZ at present. After riding a dairy commodity boom for the last few years, the payout for farmers looks like it will drop from a high of $8.50/kg last season to $4.85/kg this coming season. Meanwhile National has neglected our most sustainable resource – people. So expect a busted economy for the next few years.

Scott Campbell: Liar on The Nation

Written By: - Date published: 11:26 pm, November 30th, 2014 - 92 comments

Scott Campbell 5

Scott Campbell made a statement on The Nation this weekend about this site being used to attack him as a journalist in 2007/8. After having a good look around for evidence on site, I have concluded that Scott Campbell simply lied. Quite why this comms specialist for the right made this lie I don’t know. But I’m quite pissed off about it.

Two guilty approaches after Dirty Politics

Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, November 28th, 2014 - 41 comments

old and dirty toilet paper

There are two approaches to being a star of dirty politics and not wanting to answer questions about it. Both were displayed on Campbell Live last night by Jason Ede and Cameron Slater. And Andrea Vance has details on taxpayers paying for Slaters legal bills.

Dirty political money – why isn’t it illegal?

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 pm, November 26th, 2014 - 38 comments

shush money

The Greens have released information that shows National having 77% of their donations in the last 3 years ($3.375 million) funnelled to them in non-public quite large donations. What are they providing for that? Well amongst other things it pays for sleazeballs like Jason Ede. But what legislation?

Oh dear – National’s “white elephant” is still growing?

Written By: - Date published: 4:56 pm, November 23rd, 2014 - 44 comments

krusty burning money

Public transport traffic in Auckland keeps growing by large 7.7% per year. Car traffic despite all of the motorway and roading improvements grew by just 2.3% in the whole period of 2006 and 2013 amongst commuters. But our current idiotic National transport minister wants  more roads? And won’t let Aucklanders decide what they should do despite them voting with their AT Hop cards.

Interwebbing

Written By: - Date published: 11:04 pm, November 20th, 2014 - 8 comments

Dolphin Over World 2010

I was just having a look through the connections between this site and others (and contemplating how to increase it). I thought others might also be interested.

Roger Sutton needs the book thrown at him

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, November 19th, 2014 - 99 comments

scales of justice_sq

I have no real opinion about the details of the complaint against Roger Sutton, there simply isn’t enough information in the context. That would require seeing the report. However I do have strong opinion about someone who breaks the confidentiality clauses of any agreement. Throw the book at them

A late run succeeds

Written By: - Date published: 7:08 pm, November 18th, 2014 - 46 comments

Andrew Little

On October 4th Andrew Little was looking to see if he was even going to be in Parliament because he hadn’t achieved the near impossible task of winning New Plymouth. He was at the bottom of small list and only got back into parliament on special votes. But Andrew Little has a well deserved reputation is a organiser and a campaigner. It showed.

My (late) vote

Written By: - Date published: 4:58 pm, November 16th, 2014 - 54 comments

veggies-in-blender

Here are my votes for the leadership contest. It was a hard choice, especially having to rank them. But my main criteria was to look for the people who I think had the most chance retaining and utilising the ever increasing membership and the other parts of the party together into a election winning system for the left.

On machines and sleepless nights

Written By: - Date published: 3:46 pm, November 16th, 2014 - 5 comments

sausage-machine

With Lyn away doing good works, I spent some late nights with beeping and screaming machines (those damn fans on hot machines) in the wee hours of the morning. My apologies for the outages mainly for our overseas readers. But I’m almost through the changes caused by an abrupt shift of the systems just before an election and during my starting a new job back in August.

Outage last night

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, November 8th, 2014 - 17 comments

Dolphin Over World 2010

The site had a strange problem with a database solid state drive last night while restarting after doing operating system upgrades. This morning it was completely offline and causing problems with the other drives in the array. Restored to an hourly backup.

The bad blogger

Written By: - Date published: 5:27 pm, November 2nd, 2014 - 183 comments

emmerson on slater and len brown

It looks like Cameron Slater has finally woken up to the costs of walking over legal boundaries. Rather than dealing with the numbers of people who don’t like him or his actions. He instead has concocted a paranoid conspiracy theory. Oh, and he wants others to pay for his mistakes. Typical.

No wonder Key wouldn’t say who Rawshark was!

Written By: - Date published: 1:43 pm, October 31st, 2014 - 50 comments

jester fool

Another contender for John Key to confirm or deny the identity of…

“As authorities close in, I think it’s time to admit I’ve been harbouring Rawshark for 5 months now.”

Slater sued

Written By: - Date published: 8:49 pm, October 28th, 2014 - 53 comments

Cameron slater john key

Radio NZ has a post up “Tribunal hears blogger privacy case”. A prosecution of Cameron Slater under the Privacy Act for breaching Matthew Blomfields privacy. I suspect that over the next 3-4 days Slater will ponce around acting out courtroom fantasies that have little to do with the law. And will probably get hammered. Good. (Updated)

Nanaia Mahuta’s email.

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 pm, October 23rd, 2014 - 22 comments

Nanaia Mahuta

Also in the email from a few days ago. As people will have observed I have been more notable by my absence than my presence in the last few days. But I finally found some time to read back in my email today. Weka particularly asked for this to be put up, and I see […]

Will Chris Trotter give up his table?

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 pm, October 23rd, 2014 - 64 comments

Galbraiths

For many decades Galbraiths has been a local watering hole for some of the unionists, academics, and commentariat on Friday night. I have been known to go along to stir participate in the bemoaning lofty debate and to  spend a few coppers. David Parker is going to be there on Friday evening. I suspect I may have to go along to observe. :)

Raising money for good works

Written By: - Date published: 12:54 pm, October 23rd, 2014 - 14 comments

Schoolgirls in Kalimpong, West Bengal, India.  Photo / Julie Zhu

One of the features of recent weeks has been the remarkable success of the online fund raising to allow Nicky Hager required to challenge the police raid. My partner Lyn has similarly had success in raising money for her to transfer skills to charity workers in India. I am now resigned to living on my own for a time while she does good works elsewhere.

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