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Comment Privacy and fools

Written By: - Date published: 12:04 pm, December 19th, 2011 - 94 comments
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Readers of this site are probably aware that I think Cameron Slater is a technological idiot. Well he has just proved it again.  There was a comment on our site referring to some of the IP/e-mail matching going on at another site recently which I’m quite irate about. Slater immediately jumped to the wrong conclusion, probably because he is known to datamatch private information himself and assumes everyone else has his low ethical standards.

A week or so ago, one of our commentators was having gossip spread around the Labour camp that they were one of our authors. Like all possible security breaches on this site I investigated because if it came from this site it would violate our privacy provisions (and I’d have someones guts for garters).

I contacted the two people concerned and established the following:-

  • The only network link between the two individuals was that they often had the same access point to the net, including the same IP number.
  • One used a valid e-mail address with their name,  and the other used an anonymous g-mail account.
  • All of our editors (who are the only people who can see IP numbers on this site) also either knew the real identity of our author, or definitely knew that it was not the commentator.
  • The only way that these two people could have been matched was by matching an IP to an e-mail at a site, and then jumping to erroneous conclusions.
  • There are only two sites where that could happen where both the e-mail address and common IP would have been in use.

If it had been The Standard that the leak had happened at, then the correct person would have been outed –  not the commentator that got defamed. I am sure of where the breach of privacy happened, and it was not at this site. I am also sure of which site that the security breach happened at.

I immediately contacted two of the operators of the other blog site and informed them of the security breach at their site. I also told them that I was furious about it  and that they’d better clean up their act pronto. Subsequently I’ve also become aware of other possible instances of privacy breaches at that site fitting a similar pattern.

As a sysop, I’m acutely aware of the dangers to the site of having any breaches in privacy. Consequently so are all of the editors on the site. Commenting on political sites involves a great deal of trust on the part of commentators about the use of their information like e-mail addresses and IP numbers. That is why we have an explicit  privacy policy that says what information may be used for.

Privacy

We do not disclose any information to third parties. This includes what you add to your profile that is not public on the blog. In particular your real name and e-mail. Similarly if you are not logged in and enter a comment, we do not disclose the e-mail you enter on your message.

E-mail addresses are only used by the sysop or moderators if they need to contact you. This will usually be because of your behavior or other peoples behavior to you on the blog. Sometimes it will be used if we’re really interested in something you wrote.

IP’s are only used when looking at moderation and banning. We will often look to see other pseudonyms have been used by the same person on this site. Very useful when dealing with repeat offenders.

What you write in comments, your name/pseudonym and website is public and will be visible to anyone who reads the site. That is far more than the number of people who comment. Don’t write something that you’d be ashamed of in 20 years because it will probably still be visible. Better yet, don’t use your real name – use a pseudonym.

In a large part this statement is because of fools like Cameron Slater who show no respect for the privacy of people. He regularly attempts to ‘out’ our authors and even commentators (and invariably fails) and doesn’t even have a policy statement about privacy on his site. Neither does a similar fool on the site that leaked the the incorrect information.

I’d advise people to never put comments on sites that lacks a privacy policy that is explicit about what information may be used for.

94 comments on “Comment Privacy and fools”

  1. Uturn 1

    “…Don’t write something that you’d be ashamed of in 20 years because it will probably still be visible…”

    Or alternately, write something that’ll make you laugh in 20 years because it will probably still be visible. I plan to laugh myself to death. But not in 20 years.

    By 2015 we’ll have the technology to thaw-out cryogenically frozen subjects, so I’ll be back to read The Standard from 2211.

    (The world didn’t end in 2012, we beat global warming by … nah that would be giving it away… and Cameron Slater, well he ended up … oh happy times. )

    And the funny thing about that is I had to jot a rough sum on paper to add 200 years to 2011.

  2. ghostwhowalksnz 2

    Slater was once a low grade computer operator – Databank- 20 years ago so dont give him any more IT credibility than that.

    • lprent 2.1

      Figures. He has just enough information to be really really stupid because he is unaware of his own limitations.

      That explains the pattern I see from him of low skills and high ineptness.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1.1

        Paging Dr. Dunning-Kruger :)

      • Hulun Shearer 2.1.2

        That’s pretty rich coming from the bloke who cannot distinguish between the Linux Operating System, the BASH shell and the Fortune application.

        Pull your head in, Helpdesk.

        • NickS 2.1.2.1

          Stupid troll is stupid.

        • lprent 2.1.2.2

          I use linux and bash all of the time. I have no idea what fortune is. Providentially I have never needed to use it.

          Ok, lets have a talk about some of the stuff at the levels that I actually use within the last few months….. simpliest to hardest

          What would the simplest way on linux be to change the priority off a from a shell?
          What is the main problem with changing the priority of thread from pthread (on a 2.6 kernel)?
          What switches would you use in a QMake and gcc to quieten down the output to a few lines.
          If you were playing around with a fastcgi running php on apache 2.2, what are reasonable config values for the fastcgi for a site of this number of page views (~530k last month) with a quad processor and why?
          If you were playing around in a windows window and you required paint messages to be deferred, what is the easiest way to do it even if you have multiple messages in the queue.
          How would you handle the severe limits on the numbers of event that can be passed to a MsgWaitForMultipleEvents in a single thread.
          If you had to set up a c or c++ plugin for php5, how would you convert a string from the PHP to a std::string?

          Basically you sound like some kind of idiot because you’re talking about word definitions rather than actual problems. That isn’t even noob level.

          • Hulun Shearer 2.1.2.2.1

            “Fortune” is an old time UNIX toy that shell login scripts would call to echo a quote or aphorism to the terminal when a user first logged in.

            For those that don’t recall, Lynn “Have You Tried Turning It Off and On Again?” Prentice encountered Fortune several years ago, around about the time that his world expanded beyond Visual Basic on MS Platforms. He liked one of the quotes from the Fortune application so much that he used it for several days as a blogpost signature:

            Which he erroneously attributed, also in his blogpost signature, to “The Linux Command Line” causing much jocularity amongst those with actual technical proficiency.

            • Colonial Viper 2.1.2.2.1.1

              Stupid troll is stupid.

            • Draco T Bastard 2.1.2.2.1.2

              Sounds like you’re talking out your arse.

            • ropata 2.1.2.2.1.3

              o goody, a nerd flamewar!

              before vi or emacs (ptooie!) there was … ed

              before fortran, before any “operating system”, there was … Mel

              now get off my lawn

            • lprent 2.1.2.2.1.4

              WTF? Never programmed anything in visual basic. I have mostly done c++ since 1991. But I have programmed in just about anything. After the first 30 languages they mostly wind up as variants.

              Over the years, I have done one program in DEC basic in 1980, one in Basica in 1986, one in quick basic in 1989 (?), and one in VBScript in 2005. None were commercial, they were just exercises done for other people.

              Basic is a irritating language, but it was adequete for glue and teaching others entry programming. The 2005 exercise was to show rocky how to program on a project for a friend and the primary focus was MySQL, HTML, JavaScript and CSS 2.1. Afterwards we both shifted web app development to PHP because VBScript was awful. Mostly if I need glue code I use either shell scripts or python depending on the level.

              You are talking out of your arse.

              • lux

                Nobody at all is interested in a nerd pissing contest. Besides, everyone knows that LISP is the only True Language of Enlightenment.

                • lprent

                  Only if you wish to go past the prolog into a maze of wasted effort. Actually neither language has been particularly useful for anything I’ve ever done – imagine trying to detect trolls with them. Anyway, back to moderating.

          • Dave 2.1.2.2.2

            Haha I am so there with you, was going to do all that stuff you said, but a wheel fell off my computer and i had to kick it to get the thing to reboot.

  3. nadis 3

    What was the other site where IP/email matching was going on? I think they deserve to be outed.

  4. lprent 4

    Man Cameron is illiterate. You can see that he has never figured out what Occam’s razor is (probably thinks it is a weapon knowing him).

    So what I reckon is happening is they are getting the ip addresses of negative commenters against Shearer at The Standard and then comparing those ip addresses with comments at Red Alert in order to match email addresses from commenters. Then intimidating them to fall into line behind Team Shearer.

    Now why would anyone jump between two sites like that for. He uses wordpress stand-alone himself, so would he assume that IP numbers and e-mail addresses are stored on different sites. I guess that he can’t get a good conspiracy theory going without it.

    And wasn’t it just last week that he was saying that this site was run by Cunliffe supporters? The reality is that there were supporters of both camps amongst authors, editors, and commentators. Plus a number who like me, think that both choices had problems…

    I expect a long and vitriolic post now from Lynn Prentice decrying this post as muck-raking, but all I am doing is commenting on comments made and confirmed on his site.

    Typical Whale. Has nothing to do with the fact that he routinely lies?

    • Lanthanide 4.1

      Your constant use of the term “IP number” is making my eye twitch.

      • lprent 4.1.1

        *grin* Sorry, it is an old habit from writing code at the socket level on struct sockaddr_in. String representations are just strings for most work. The s_addr field which is the address is a 32bit number.

        • Lanthanide 4.1.1.1

          Just wait till you start dealing with IPv6! So much fun!

          • lprent 4.1.1.1.1

            Yep. Last time I played with that was 5 years ago (damn – so long!) and basically the stacks and hardware weren’t up to much except for local networks. So I dropped it and carried on with socks and various other tunneling techniques.

            This project goes through to completion by March (then we can start on the next generation). Currently the device I’m working on only has IPv4 at the driver level installed for the wifi hardware. I want to have a look at doing IPv6 at the webserver I wrote so I can do some better routing. But I’m also expanding my home office space in March (yay!) so I can start doing more code at home. So have time to play more. My current office space is too small to work in. Not enough elbow room or room for more screens.

            • Lanthanide 4.1.1.1.1.1

              IPv6 support has come a long way in the last couple of years. The exhaustion of the last class A blocks made a lot of people finally wake up.

              Still going to take a good 5 years before all this equipment that claims to support IPv6 is really properly bedded in and stable, though.

              Also the new DHCPv6 standard is mindboggling.

              • lprent

                Also the new DHCPv6 standard is mindboggling.

                Fortunately I haven’t needed DHCP that much except for the most primitive on the external router. I work in small companies or at home. But I’ll have a peek at the spec.

                I’ve set aside some time to setup my external DNS systems to IPv6 over xmas. Maybe try a secondary on bind9.

                But definitely finally retire the old windows server 2003 box which runs a mail program (MDaemon shifting to postfix + other bits), one vbscript webapp (mostly converted to PHP), and the old DNS. Less noise in the office after its old noisy fans shut down

                Finally have a DSL router that is meant to be fully IPv6 (last one was a wannabe). If that works and I can get to one of the standard’s servers as IPv6, then I’ll configure them both and work out what doesn’t work with v6 in the distro.

                That should give me the required remote test platform to test the boost::asio on IPv6. No more direct sockets for me – I keep fouling up flipping back and forth from berkeley to winsock. Holiday – what holiday?

                What is the bet that there is something missing somewhere that I can’t fix remotely?

  5. fender 5

    Oh please take that photo away, its making me feel nauseous, great editorial though.
    Surely the right are ashamed of their whale-snot dribbler.

    • lprent 5.1

      Slater wanted abuse. His photo fitted as self-abuse.

      But seriously, I was appalled when I started looking around at the sites last week that did not have any privacy policies, or where the privacy policy was ambiguous or suspect. For instance how many people knew of this gem in the privacy policy at kiwiblog.

      However those who know me will testify that I only try to screw someone over, if they have done something particularly nasty aimed at me. I’ve only twice needed to retalitate in the last ten years, so it is very hard to get onto my revenge list. The bad news is that there is no known method to get off the list, once on it

      So the bottom line in terms of privacy in browsing or commenting on this site, is that in 99.99% of all cases I will keep your personal information strictly confidential to me. However if you break the law, defame someone, or really piss me off, then you have been warned!

      I can’t imagine ever needing to be that nasty in releasing information that is private.

      If it is required then I simply ban people – permanently.

      If I disliked their actions enough then they merely get on my personal shit-list (nothing to do with the site). The only people on that are Cameron Slater and David Farrar, both for lying about my involvement with the site from 2008 onwards and for trying to attack authors on the site and managing to target civilians instead.

      Updated: For people on the shit list I just make my opinions known and why. I’m always aware that people in the net keep turning over and some don’t know why particular animosities persist.

      • Jackal 5.1.1

        I think we can conclude that Slater et al are a bunch of nasty vindictive a holes.

      • fmacskasy 5.1.2

        Hmmmm, some interesting points to consider…

        • lprent 5.1.2.1

          Yeah. This post was written a week ago and has been travelling with me since in case of need. I figured at some stage this would surface and I’d need to give a statement to protect this site from the usual bullshit artists (and Slater was top of the list).

          When I got sent the link to Slater’s post this morning, I readjusted the first paragraph and updated the second to last paragraph and put it up.

          I realise that blogs are the purview of amateurs. But surely people must be aware that having people leaving comments at all is a trust relationship that privacy is central to. I’m not exactly the nicest sysop in the world. In fact I’m a bastard sysop by intention. But there is a hell of a difference between calling someone a self-stimulating blowhard or banning them from commenting on our site as I’m known to do, and doing actions that discourage people from leaving comments at any blogsite.

          I’d suggest that other bloggers and media sites check that they have clear and viable privacy statements and thinking about what is permissible or not. Because I intend to start reviewing them critically and in public. Fits nicely into the Law Commissions review as well.

          • fmacskasy 5.1.2.1.1

            I must admit I hadn’t considered any of this. So hope you don’t mind, Lynn, and I’ve borrowed from your Privacy policy. (Bit of an irony there; pinching your privacy policy… )

            As for Slater – from what I know of the chap, I wouldn’t trust him a nanometre.

            As for his blog – it reminds me of British tabloids. I don’t get the media fascination with him.

            • lprent 5.1.2.1.1.1

              Borrow away. The first part was mine. The second part I borrowed from Anita at Kiwipolitico.

              Of course a warrant can be served to compel the information from the hosting companies. It could be difficult to extract information without cooperation though.

              • fmacskasy

                “Of course a warrant can be served to compel the information from the hosting companies. It could be difficult to extract information without cooperation though.”

                True that.

                At least that would take it out of my hands and make it someone elses’ responsibility. (It’s nice to know I’m still too small to be taken much note of, though.

              • Akldnut

                Got to love that second part.

          • CnrJoe 5.1.2.1.2

            yr so not a bastard. u the best and we’re lucky to have you mate.

    • Pundit X 5.2

      I agree with fender get rid of the photo…

  6. tc 6

    The right are ashamed of little…..look at what’s unfolding in aya-tolley’s old portfolio and the stacking of the human rights commission as a couple of examples.

    nice to see your pic caught cammy on a good day.

    • fender 6.1

      Yes it’s one of his better days but you can tell by the angle his empty fat head is on that the giant chip on his shoulder makes it hard to ballance.
      Judging by his eyes there is most likely some serious substance abuse taking place.

      • Jilly Bee 6.1.1

        Taken from an old song:

        ‘With one eye on the pot and the other up the chimney’

        Can’t remember the name of the song, but I think it was sung by Harry Belafonte many years ago.

        • logie97 6.1.1.1

          ” The Drummer and the Cook” used to feature in the 50′s on the “Broadcast for Schools” on the national programme – remember those days – ahhh
          - barefoot to school.
          - warm bottles of milk
          - bull rush
          - bike sheds
          - National Library spooled films.
          - Cinerama – “White Wilderness”
          - Danny Kaye and the Court Jester…
          - heavily chlorinated swimming pool (and foot bath).
          - blackboards
          - duster monitors

          and Slater would be too young to understand any of that.

    • David H 6.2

      Yeah no drool and snot running down his chin.

  7. drongo 7

    I reckon Slater and Odgers probably swap information, too. They’re both engaged in war so for them anything goes.

  8. randal 8

    looks like he is eyeing up one of fatboy farrars sausage rolls.
    http://www.sausageroll.com

  9. Cactus Kate 9

    Drongo
    I am happy to report my knowledge about IT extends about as far as switching the computer on. Definitely not to understanding what the fuss is about in this post and you’ll never see me posting about IT.

    • Wild Colonial Boy 9.1

      Is that Farrar speaking, or Slater ?

      I’m confused by all these aliases.

      WCB.

      [lprent: It is CK as far as I can tell from the details. CK is not particularly consistent on what e-mail address she uses, so the gravator appears frequently different. But it is from one of her known haunts where she has been leaving comments from under at least 4 e-mail addresses over the last year. ]

    • drongo 9.2

      Wasn’t referring to your knowledge of IT or you posting about it: if you wanted to look up IP addresses you could – a lack of IT knowledge is no barrier. It’s just that Cameron Slater’s open threat on his blog “Don’t mess with Whale or Cactus Kate” made me wonder what that means.

      • felix 9.2.1

        It means they’ve started a gang and there’s no adults allowed.

      • mik e 9.2.2

        a proposal of marriage possibly now that dirty old don is done its time for slippery slater to be the next alpha philanderer

    • Draco T Bastard 9.3

      Definitely not to understanding what the fuss is about in this post…

      Really? Interesting. Aren’t you a lawyer?

      • Lanthanide 9.3.1

        A lawyer of the type that arranges peoples financial affairs to avoid tax.

        • Cactus Kate 9.3.1.1

          Yawn. So what? Minimizing tax is entirely consistent with my political beliefs. It’s not like I’m doing that then campaigning for Labour.

          • felix 9.3.1.1.1

            I believe Lanth was actually providing you with a plausible reason for you apparent ignorance of what the legal implications might be.

            He wasn’t to know that you’re a nasty old lady who’d spit it back in his face like so much venom.

          • David H 9.3.1.1.2

            And about as many scruples as the center of a Polo Mint.

          • Rob 9.3.1.1.3

            Yep , only the Unite Union does that.

      • Cactus Kate 9.3.2

        Whats law got to do with it?
        It’s the Internet there is no such thing as privacy when you leave a comment on a blog FFS. What are you going to do? Run off to a lawyer like a diddums when you think your blog comments have had privacy breached? Please…
        Sysop and IP numbers? No idea what he is talking about.

    • Bored 9.4

      Madam Odgers, for you it is a little late, but that’s your choice. Your name is out there, anyone wanting to know who you are does. Your choice, and good luck.

      Long since I quizzed The Standard about the security of the email addresses they held. As an owner / shareholder / manager in a few IT concerns I was very aware that pseudonyms etc needed protection not from mendacious fools like Whale but from those who with the power to oppose viewpoints with force. In their wisdom The Standard have a very reasonable privacy stance that will make in nigh impossible for anybody to easily be able to match names with pseudonyms.

      Instead of merely reading fairy tales like Ayns nonsense homilies of individual triumph, you might consider the nature of malign regimes whose collective oppressions motivated her to write. They exist left and right as recent history demonstrates in spade loads. That The Standard will make it extremely difficult for any agency / individual to assist in the dirty work of a malign state or corporate entity is to me reassuring.

  10. Cactus Kate 10

    Lynn
    I think the giveaway honey will be that the comments are coming from a HK address. I am told you can see that.

    Farrar and Slater have been banned from commenting here to my knowledge.
    And I don’t fill in the mail thing correctly if the details haven’t been saved. I have had many different computers, iPad and phones this year. Can’t be bothered.

    Drongo
    I don’t know what it means either, I am friends with Cameron however and of course do speak to him regularly. If you actually had any friends you may understand talking to them is a byproduct of that relationship.

    [lprent: I can down to the nearest exchange unless people use anonymizers (which I can detect). However I don't look up location information unless it is relevant to the identity confirmation request.

    I will usually check new commentators with strange IP ranges to check if it is from a known spam location. Apart from that IP locations are only of interest if people claim to be from one place when I can see that is quite unlikely - in which case I may challenge them on it.

    Your choice on the gravators - it does lead to queries from others. Also the moderators have to pass at least one comment on every new e-mail address - which involves us in effort. We will start trashing "new person" comments if people appear to be abusing our time.

    Neither Farrar nor Whaleoil are banned from here. I don't think that Farrar ever has been. Whale almost certainly was for periods from when he was running trolling mobs through the comments section in 2008. ]

    • Lanthanide 10.1

      “Farrar and Slater have been banned from commenting here to my knowledge.”

      I don’t believe so. In any event, I’ve seen a few comments from Whale and maybe one from Farrar. Or at least people claiming to be them.

    • fender 10.2

      Can tell a great deal about people by the friends they have.
      You seem to imply Drongo has no friends, i doubt that your suggestion is factual but if it were I too would rather have no friends than have friends like Slater.

    • drongo 10.3

      What’s with the “If you actually had any friends you may understand talking to them is a byproduct of that relationship” stuff? Is talking like this really necessary? Why so nasty?

      • McFlock 10.3.1

        The right’s well-known graciousness runneth over.
         

        • drongo 10.3.1.1

          I was astonished to see Odgers’ and Slater’s attack on David Parker based on a deliberate blowing out of all proportion a tiny remark that appeared in the Herald – truly puerile. Says a lot, though.

        • Vicky32 10.3.1.2

          The right’s well-known graciousness runneth over.

          Those who claim to be left can be much worse! Yes, I do mean you.

          • drongo 10.3.1.2.1

            I could never in a million years write what Odgers and Slater wrote about David Parker the other day.

            • Cactus Kate 10.3.1.2.1.1

              Because you don’t have a blog Drongo. No stones behind your whining. Fran O’Sullivan made it pretty clear to even the dumbest reader what she meant.

              • drongo

                Don’t need to have a blog to write things. What do you think I’m doing now? And what’s with the nastiness? “If you actually had any friends you may understand talking to them is a byproduct of that relationship”. This sort of behaviour is simply unnecessary. And you wonder why people say things like what Jackal has just said. Do you think there might be a connection between the two?

                Interesting that you responded to the suggestion that you’ve passed on or received IP addresses to or from other bloggers to simply say you’re friends with Slater so of course you talk. Been looking up the 25 Rules of disinformation again lately, or have you memorised, or more likely, internalised every single one of them? I’ll take it back if you say categorically that you’ve never passed on or received IP addresses or other identifying information belonging to people who’ve posted on your blog or anyone elses to or from anyone, but from the tone of what you’ve been saying my guess is that you have.

          • McFlock 10.3.1.2.2

            What? Because I have an issue with homophobic misandric antichoice cultists stuck in a 50s worldview? Fair enough, then.

      • Cactus Kate 10.4.1

        Could be worse, I could be a plumber from Northland with a penchant for horse racing who thinks he is anonymous. Is that right [Deleted...RL]?

        • felix 10.4.1.1

          I hope this serves as a warning to anyone who thinks it might be worth engaging with the nasty piece of work who calls herself Cactus Kate.

          She’s been on a campaign to ingratiate herself here lately and if anyone is under any illusions about her motivation for doing so, then look no further.

          Trust me, no good will ever come of socialising with her or the Slater child. Spurn them like the rabid dogs they are.

          • drongo 10.4.1.1.1

            Wise words, felix, wise indeed. Just had another look at the 25 rules of disinformation. Odgers engages all of them, all of the time.

      • Cactus Kate 10.4.2

        Obviously being attacked by an anonymous blogger and comments here as a prick with my name doesn’t give me a right of reply using the authors real name back. Charming.
        I know precisely who the Jackal is and given the depth of bile written on his blog about others, I’d say all bets were off Lynn. [Fine. Your call...but however you want to run the odds do it on your blog. Any attempt direct or indirect at 'outing' anyone at The Standard WILL result in moderation. Please consider this a courteous warning. RL]

        On WO this am a senior Labour mp admitted he looked up the IP address of someone sending nasty comments to Red Alert, I see no issue with this behavior as far as I’m concerned all bets are off if you are to make consistently shitty comments about another person.
        I try to contribute to The Standard knowing that it is a blog in hostile territory, ignore most of the abuse received back and save anything too controversial for my own blog.
        Just saying.

        • Jackal 10.4.2.1

          I notice you put a question mark behind the name you wrote (whatever that was)… then followed up by saying you know precisely who the Jackal is… this doesn’t make much sense.

          Perhaps your need to dismiss what I write about, will only be satiated if you can objectify your own hatred Cathy Odgers. Here’s some of your advice back at ya: if you don’t like it… don’t read it.

          The things on the Jackal are not half as obnoxious as what you often write Catcus. My advice to you is that if you can’t handle it… don’t dish it out. The difference between us is that I don’t make shit up all the time to try and defame people… my writing is entirely factually based, whereas yours is a litany of lies that only the mentally deficient would believe.

          All bets are off… is that meant to be some sort of threat? As far as threats go… it’s decidedly pathetic! You’re best left in the sandpit where you belong Odgers.

          • drongo 10.4.2.1.1

            Absolutely, Jackal. Notice how Odgers, at first (and true to form) responded to the suggestion that she shared IP and other information with Slater, or other right wing bloggers, with ‘I know nothing about IT so how in the hell can I possibly do that?’ bullshit – just the same old duplicitous attempts at obscuring the truth that there are hundreds of examples of any of us could point to. Then, when backed into a corner, she either tryies to attack with irrelevant, worthless and utter bog spew, or she bolts. Given the filth and bile that come from Odgers’ and Slater’s hearts, I cannot believe that they would not share IP addresses and other identifying information for people who post comments. It would not be in their natures not to, full stop. Like I said earlier, the 25 methods to spread disinformation (or what ever it’s called – Odgers knows), Odgers has adopted as her bible to consult when responding to anything that vaguely questions her viewpoint. You’re a fucking disgrace, Odgers, nothing but a fucking disgrace.

        • fmacskasy 10.4.2.2

          “On WO this am a senior Labour mp admitted he looked up the IP address of someone sending nasty comments to Red Alert…”

          Correction;

          “On WO this am someone claiming to be a senior Labour mp admitted he looked up the IP address of someone sending nasty comments to Red Alert…”

          Glad to be of assistance.

  11. Tiger Mountain 11

    Whale has a face only a parent or paid companion might warm to. The lugubrious damaged visage is quite unsettling and awkward to look at, take it down-please….

    Whale’s junior stasi dob in club (advising how to track number plates of suspected National hoarding vandals (‘Drill it mine it etc.” ) finally erased any empathy I might of had for some buried aspect of decency in him.

    Whale might think he is an IT genius but has still failed to conclusively reveal who supplied the “Hollowmen” emails.

    • Don’t forget his great “I have Labour donors credit card details” expose.  Although I have to admit he sucked me in.  He never had the decency to be embarrassed when the truth was shown.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 11.2

      It did it for me , “exposed” me to his baying mob.
      Yes thats right he revealed my email address and the IP address .

      Big deal. I use gmail ( among others) but dont use my real name.

      The IP address had the bloodhounds slobbering , however they were too stupid to realise the ‘whois’ lookup gave the location as Boston Rd wasnt Mt Eden Prison as they thought but the location of a Vodafone server farm ( if that – it may be a spoof by Vodafone)
      Most small businesses and home users are safe as they get a random IP number ( sort of) allocated to Vodafone, Xtra etc. There may be other tricks that can be used to reveal a bit more but there are ways to avoid that ( which I try to use but I cant tell if it works).
      Avoid a anonimised IP address as they can be used by malware to infiltrate your computer

      • RedLogix 11.2.1

        Most small businesses and home users are safe as they get a random IP number ( sort of) allocated to Vodafone, Xtra etc.

        Exactly. I use several different entry points onto the net and never get the same IP address each time. And my email is a yahoo thing with no personal identifier. Only Lynn knows who I am in real life and at the end of the day it’s not all that big a deal.

        For me RedLogix has become an indentity in his own right; a sort of alter-ego who is factually based on the real me, but occupies a somewhat different personality space. That’s really the main reason why I keep him going. I tried blogging years ago under my own real name, but it never felt right for some reason.. it was as if my own ego kept getting in the way and not in a constructive fashion.

        Ultimately Lynn’s is right, it is not who you are that is important; it’s the quality of your argument that is… and pseudonyms are one way to help decouple personalities from the debate if you want it to.

        • lprent 11.2.1.1

          Only Lynn knows who I am in real life and at the end of the day it’s not all that big a deal.

          And I last saw you more than 2.5 years ago…. When I routed e-mail to you the other day I discovered it was over a year since I’d e-mailed you.

          For me RedLogix has become an indentity in his own right; a sort of alter-ego who is factually based on the real me, but occupies a somewhat different personality space.

          Lyn reckons she liked AncientGeek the best. He was nice. lprent is not so nice. And Lynn Prentice doesn’t take out the rubbish….. :twisted: They all feel like me – just different bits.

          …it is not who you are that is important; it’s the quality of your argument that is… and pseudonyms are one way to help decouple personalities from the debate if you want it to.

          Funny thing is that the personality is decoupled as ‘you’. But the alter-ego personalities shine through very strongly for people who can argue well. The thing I like about it is that I really don’t have a lot of time to do everything I need to do. This allows discussion in small bits. I have always enjoyed that all the way back to when I was queuing messages on to the BIX boards.

      • lprent 11.2.2

        …they were too stupid to realise the ‘whois’ lookup gave the location as Boston Rd wasnt Mt Eden Prison as they thought but the location of a Vodafone server farm ( if that – it may be a spoof by Vodafone)

        I think that it is just a central location for a geographical area. There are a lot of ISP’s that have their geoip’s terminate there if you aren’t careful about geographical lookups and termination points.

        Most small businesses and home users are safe as they get a random IP number ( sort of) allocated to Vodafone, Xtra etc.

        Usually either C or B level gives a good idea of if you are the same person coupled with a geoip. Depends how many other people using the same services also use the same subnet. But it becomes a probability statement rather than definitive. A couple of the ISP’s appear to randomly allocate across their whole range. But most seem to have limited addresses – probably because they’re restricted by the dslam you’re attached to by the copper.

        Avoid a anonimised IP address as they can be used by malware to infiltrate your computer

        TOR is ok, just a pain to set up and get fast connection through. Prepay tethered 3G is pretty damn good for small stuff.

        • David H 11.2.2.1

          I find that Hotspot Shield usually gives a good speed continuously, so not too bad for the “you are not a resident in this country” video streaming. and the odd HTTP Doco D/L

  12. Arthur 12

    I read the whale regularly, he reinforces my prejudices.

  13. felix 13

    Maybe Alfalfa works in the PM’s office?

  14. randal 14

    misandric alfalfa?

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    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • New President for MANA Movement
    Lisa McNab, MANA President, and Annette Sykes, outgoing MANA President and candidate for Waiariki Lisa McNab was officially passed the mantle of MANA President in a special ceremony at Potahi Marae in Te Kao this week, following her unanimous election into the...
    Mana | 20-07
  • Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity
    A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it in schools, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says....
    Labour | 19-07
  • Work numbers not all they’re cracked up to be
    The Government's figures on the numbers of beneficiaries don't add up, Labour's Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says."Paula Bennett keeps saying 1500 people are going off the benefit into work every week, yet today she announced just 16,000 fewer people...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Flood relief for National voters first
    “The flooding in Tai Tokerau has hammered the north and impacted hundreds of families right across the region,” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “It’s bitterly disappointing to see that the first response from this National government...
    Mana | 18-07
  • Don’t contract out your loyal cleaners SkyCity3
    SkyCity should put aside its proposal to contract out its cleaning staff and not be lured by the prospect of washing their hands of these essential jobs and leaving them to the world of third party contracting, Labour’s Associate Labour...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Green Party statement on tragedy of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17
    The Green Party conveys its condolences to the families of the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.The Ukrainian Government has accused pro-Russia rebels in the east of the Ukraine of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet with a ground-to-air missile,...
    Greens | 18-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community The decision by a World Bank Inspection Panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: National out of touch with the regions John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour will revive the regions with new fund The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Speech to Local Government New Zealand Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – REVISITED
    Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation. They enlisted a group of 16 scientists to help them review the government’s new fresh water policy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Restoration of Post-graduate Allowances to be Key Issue
    As students prepare for the early voting that will take place on all university and many polytechnic campuses next month, the restoration of post-graduate allowances, removed by the current government in 2013, is emerging as a key election issue....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Honesty for Taxpayers
    ACT has a new proposal to make our democracy more accountable. The proposal may seem small but it could be the most significant idea in this election....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking for PM?
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is adding its voice to the many appalled at TVNZ’s choice of Mike Hosking as moderator for the upcoming political debates....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • ‘Party Party’ Hitting the Right Notes
    The “sold out” sign has gone up at the Internet Party’s concert in Christchurch tonight. A capacity crowd of 1000 will be at The Foundry for the Party Party concert, part of a major national musical tour aimed at getting...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend
    New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend More non-voters than ever before say they don't feel like their vote is worth anything, or that their opinion matters. It's a trend that concerns the Electoral Commission, and the reason for...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Umere says ‘taihoa’ on Māori Language Strategy
    A Maori Language advocacy group, Umere, is calling for a rain check on the Māori Language Strategy Bill, which is being introduced to parliament this week. "The submissions on the MLS have been released by Te Puni Kōkiri and they...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity
    ..:: For immediate release ::.. 24/07/14 David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity - (and in fact enjoy lunch with them)...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • More kids in Southland and Otago are achieving
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay says the Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows New Zealand children are doing better across the whole education system....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Flavell mistaken
    In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Lay Complaint with Speaker
    The Taxpayers’ Unio n has written to Parliament's Speaker, the Rt. Hon. David Carter, asking him to step in and investigate the claims on the WhaleOil blog that taxpayers’ money is being improperly used for Mana Party election campaign hoardings....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • MANA launches te reo Māori policy
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, said MANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Candidate welcomes award of platinum exploration permits
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay has welcomed the Government’s decision to award Lynx Platinum Limited two exploration permits in Southland. Mr Barclay said the minerals industry is an important part of New Zealand’s economy...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Pokie spending and numbers continue to drop
    Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended June 2014 fell 2.4 per cent from $826.3 million to $806.2 million. There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Zealand Police to assist in MH17 victim identification
    New Zealand Police is sending three Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) specialists to the Netherlands to assist in the international effort to identify victims from the MH17 tragedy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation
    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is inviting comment on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation
    Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade
    Today the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a petition by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand
    As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics
    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are here and it's a common misbelief that a Kiwi republic would mean that New Zealand would have to leave the Commonwealth. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Pay It Back Ms Hauiti
    Responding to the Newstalk ZB report that disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti is refusing to confirm whether or not she has reimbursed taxpayers for misuse of her Parliamentary 'P-card', Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Ms Hauiti...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • RSA thanks NZ for $1.7m collected during Poppy Appeal
    The RSA today announced that over $1.7 million was donated to the 2014 Poppy Appeal for the support of veterans, ex-service men and women and their families in need....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Students encouraged to be brave and never give up
    Students encouraged to be brave and never give up if they want to 'make it happen'...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • New Zealanders want to pay more to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Maori Party President Acknowledges Founding Co-Leaders
    Maori Party President, Rangimarie Naida Glavish, has today acknowledged the enormous contribution founding Maori Party co-leaders, Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples have made towards building a greater nation....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Ngati Ruanui supports plans for Te Reo Maori
    Te Tumu Whakaae (Chair) of Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust said today his iwi supports Te Matawai, the Maori Affairs Minister’s new Maori language strategy....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Mana Party Using Taxpayer Funds for Election Hoardings
    Reacting to the photograph posted on the WhaleOil website of a Te Tai Tokerau electorate hoarding featuring Mana Party leader Hone Harawira, which carries the House of Representatives crest and appears to have been funded by taxpayers, Jordan Williams, Executive...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • EPA Questions For Chatham Rise Phospate Mining Raise Alarm
    Alarm bells should be ringing in light of the hard questions asked by Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) of Chatham Rock Phosphate’s miningapplication....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Ngati Ruanui joins ironsand mining appeal
    Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust has applied to the High Court to join Trans Tasman Resources appeal against the decision to reject its application to mine iron sands off the south Taranaki coast....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • More victims fall foul of aggressive phone scam
    A victim of an aggressive phone scam which is targeting Inland Revenue customers for money or threatening them with deportation or prison if they don’t pay has been duped out of $6,500....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Three Strikes: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
    Crime is on the decline, not just in New Zealand but across the Western World....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Public Money? Public Entitled to Know
    Responding to the Fairfax article that taxpayers are unable to find out the extent of disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti’s spending, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Parenting in an Age of Terror
    What impact does news of war and terrorism have on children? Does seeing the wreckage of downed airliners, missiles flying and gunfire in the streets affect them? What do we tell them? It is unlikely children are actually going to...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • NZ Jews, Christians, and Muslims United in Call for Peace
    Jewish, Christian, and Muslim leaders in Wellington issued a joint statement today regarding the current conflict in Gaza and Israel:...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    " Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
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