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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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  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
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