Pathetic

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 pm, August 3rd, 2008 - 37 comments
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Rather than discussing the quote from Bill English that he would sell Kiwibank, David Farrar is whining that the protest outside the National Party conference today breached the EFA because it did not contain authorisation.

Once again, Farrar would rather try to attack on technicalities than deal in substantive issues, and once again he is wrong on the facts. The electoral advertisements in the protest were authorised by me at the start of the protest. Recorded on film, I stated my name and address and that the following electoral advertisements and accompanying materials were authorised by me. That satisfies the requirements of s63 of the EFA.

Pathetic Farrar.

[PS. I notice Farrar doesn’t kick up a fuss when his mates protest without EFA authorisation. Principles, who needs ’em?]

37 comments on “Pathetic”

  1. Blar 1

    That’s a pretty bizarre reading of the law Steve – it sounds almost as if you are blessing the election advertisements and then displaying them without printed authorisation.

  2. gobsmacked 2

    The English-gate tape, as revealed on TV3 news tonight, is now up on the Scoop website. Not just talking about Kiwibank, but Working for Families too.

    (I would provide the link but then I’d just get stuck in moderation, which is frankly irritating)

  3. Wrong blog: it’s on whaleoil.

    [lprent: Who would bother reading the technical idiot with a bloated ego and a legal problem?
    Well, you by the sound of it.
    The referred link is http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2008/08/efa_strikes_again.html ]

  4. The rich irony of you having too (if you are not just bullshitting) jump through hoops to protest or proselytize legally is brilliant. Your stupid bloody law has made a monkey of you and many others.

  5. Quoth the Raven 5

    Here’s the link. Sounds like english is admitting that keeping WfF is just electioneering and it will go. English says “We just have one guy with a spreadsheet” I guess we already knew National doesn’t do any analysis, this just confirms it.

  6. I suppose calling Farrar pathetic is a standard response from a motley crew of paid bloggers with nothing better to do than sling shit trying to protect one of the few remaining taboos of modern socialism which is, attempting to silence criticism.

    [lprent:
    1. No-one is paid to blog here – read the About. We all think that there are better things we could do personally. This is more trying to do things right for everyone.
    2. I think that the point of the post is that Farrar seems to want to shut down all dissent about National. He seemed to make a good attempt on trying to suppress “free speech” for the EMPU from memory.
    3. If I get you correctly, I think you said that The National Party is something to do with modern socialism – yeah right.
    ]

  7. Mark 7

    “No promoter may, during a regulated period, publish, or cause or permit to be published, any election advertisement unless…the advertisement contains a statement that sets out the name and address of the promoter of the advertisement…”;
    Recording your name and address on film before electioneering in a public place does not comply with section 63(2)(a).
    I think the Commission are going to have to look very carefully at this one.

  8. MikeE 8

    You cheerleeded this law…

    the irony is… well… ironic..

  9. gobsmacked 9

    Funnily enough the news bulletins and the talkback now are all about Kiwibank and Bill English, rather than some protesting blogger nobody’s heard of.

    And we thought Key was the gaffe-prone one … but even he never dropped a clanger like Bill’s beauty. Looking forward to the coverage tomorrow!

  10. “barnsleybill
    August 3, 2008 at 9:10 pm
    The rich irony of you having too (if you are not just bullshitting) jump through hoops to protest or proselytize legally is brilliant. Your stupid bloody law has made a monkey of you and many others.

    Stop your posturing, every single time Farrar or any one of you liars and thieves try and make a scene about this law you’ve been shown how wrong you have been all along. You lot are just desperate to try and pretend any one on the right has a speck and decency. You are a complete embarrassment, you should shut up now before you make any more of your cause.

  11. Just for the record, here is Farrar’s post about the EFA

    “EFA strikes again
    August 3rd, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    As not everyone in the room was a party member, it was noticeable that most of the powerpoint presentations had authorisation statements on them, and even the walk in video for John Key finished with an authorisation statement showing some poor bloke’s home address.

    Amusingly the placards of the half dozen protesters lacked authorisation statements 🙂
    Tags: Electoral Finance Act, National

    Posted in NZ Politics ”

    Doesn’t seem to be “whining” to me. He hasn’t responded to any of the commenters yet, so I don’t think he can be accused of “shut down dissent” (lprent). I think you’re dealing in hyperbole again “Steve”, and seeing shadows where there aren’t any. Little wonder another leftie was so dismissive of you guys the other day – you are becoming so paranoid, you’re losing your objectivity.

  12. Paul 12

    So we’ve heard it from the horse’s mouth, Kiwibank gone. Perhaps not this year, or even next year, but it’s gone under National.

    One good bank (whops the best), which makes money, and provides the best services for the people and the dirty stinking corporate overlords whom control the boys and girls of National want it gone.

    Watch out Kiwisaver, Kiwi Rail, ACC.

    Anything that is for and by the people will be gone.

    Don’t get me started on MMP. Yeah we all long for the good old days when parliament was filled to the brim with white middle class middle aged men. That’s when parliament reflected the face of society.

  13. gobsmacked 13

    They just played the Bill English tape on Newstalk ZB. In full.

    Oh dear. And the conference had gone so well …

  14. I see no reason why a group that is electioneering shouldn’t have to identiy themselves, they’re trying to change other people’s votes. So, in our election advert today, I authorised it in my name.

    There’s no reason every single piece in an ad should be authorised.

    And it’s pretty hypocritical that people who opposed the law, on the supposed grounds it prevent political speech, and don’t comply with that law should try to use it to shut down political speech that they oppose.

  15. Paul 15

    Ah the stench of Dad4insanity.

    Banned from Kiwiblog, it seems that he’ll venture into the pure waters of the left looking to moan at anyone and everyone.

    BTW there is no greater way to silence criticism than to look at removing MMP and the voice of the people, but we’d hate to be picky.

  16. r0b 16

    So we’ve heard it from the horse’s mouth, Kiwibank gone. Perhaps not this year, or even next year, but it’s gone under National

    This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. It is obvious that the Nats will say anything to get elected and then do as they please.

    However, the fact that in this particular case the real agenda is right there on audio is a significant development. Plausible deniability is gone.

    NZ owes thanks to the source of this audio. If it gets decent media coverage, and the Nats take the election anyway, well then we pretty much deserve what they will do to us…

  17. jesus. that audio is damning. He says they ‘sort out’ working for families, says John Key didn’t understand the basic fact that if you have a tax credit like working for families, you’re going to need a high abatement rate, shows the whole Key facade for what it is – ‘that nice Mr Key’, and on top of all that says they’ll sell Kiwibank.

    … Inv2, treat your audience with respect, we all know that farrar made his post in an attempt to smear us… it’s the same reason he said there were half a dozen of us when there were fifteen (not counting the ACT protest)… farrar didn’t even see the protest, he’s just being a pathetic opportunist.

  18. Paul Williams 18

    Ouch. Clunk. Mask slips. Woulda done Working for Families, will sell Kiwibank… worry about inflationary effects of Key’s tax cuts…

  19. Paul 19

    Has anyone got the audio of that yet? What time was it broadcast, I’ll try and get it from their site. I’d love to hear “the truth”.

    Come on, don’t tell me the people aren’t going to like that “nice Mr Key” any more.

    I loved the $50 in the week tax cut has been widdled down to “well we’re looking at our total package and reveal in good time” line. So it’s not going to be the $50 a week bribe you’ve been lying to the people with.

    I wouldn’t mind them being so openly right, if there was an ounce of truth to anything they said. At least you’d know what you’d be getting, with this lot you have no idea if we don’t see “For Sale, one small Pacific Nation” on Trade Me soon, “all enquiries J Key” come the boxing day sales.

    Tossers

  20. alex 20

    Can someone please paste a complete transcript of this conversation?

  21. Paul – why don’t you comment on kiwiblog anymore you knuckle dragging sod monkey?I couldn’t give a shit about kiwiblog.
    Get a life you sad loser!!

  22. My apologies sod monkey Paul, I see you have commented twice at Kiwiblog on the “EFA stikes again”thread for a pathetic minus thirty karma count.
    On the weekend I asked 1000 people in the suburb of Linwood if they would vote Labour and NO ONE said they would. I can see why a drop kick turd eater like yourself has a blog called “Concerned of Linwood.”

  23. Ari 24

    Paul – why don’t you comment on kiwiblog anymore you knuckle dragging sod monkey?I couldn’t give a shit about kiwiblog.
    Get a life you sad loser!!

    Do you guys REALLY want to put up with this sort of ridiculous name-calling? For once, I’d really like to see D4J say something without resorting to nasty words or personal attacks.

    Then again, I’d also like to see the National Party be upfront about its agenda, and we all know the likelyhood of that.

  24. “Steve Pierson” said ” Inv2, treat your audience with respect, we all know that farrar made his post in an attempt to smear us it’s the same reason he said there were half a dozen of us when there were fifteen (not counting the ACT protest) farrar didn’t even see the protest, he’s just being a pathetic opportunist.”

    Pots and kettles “Steve”, pots and kettles. Perhaps as well as being paranoid, you’re paranormal, if you can read a smear into a straightforward post. And I’m sure that Robinsod would remind you that “farrar” is a proper name, and should have a capital “F”.

    Meanwhile, if you think I’m being disrespectful to your “audience”, just say the word, and I’ll politely withdraw and leave The Standard to preach to the converted. Mind you, at the rate that you guys have been banning people lately….

    PS – Captcha = things sinking – wow, you can read a whole lot into that eh!

  25. randal 26

    farrar is a fool with a capital “F” and you sir are a fool with no qualification whatsoever. pull your socks up and get some tighter underpnts.

  26. RedLogix 27

    Inv2,

    Sorry. You guys have d4j… we apparently have randal. (And thanks but no thanks, I don’t think we would consider a swap.)

  27. randal 28

    I hardly think I am in the same category as a an oversexed undersized midget who is also a fullsize cretin with largescale coprophagic whipping and beating fantasies to console himself with.

    [lprent: That looks over the top to me. Calm down. ]

  28. Jasper 29

    Nationals two page bullet points on their Policy is now under review at the EC and is quite likely going to result in National having breached the EFA.

    Thats what I call egg on their face.

  29. Phil 30

    “oversexed undersized midget who is also a fullsize cretin ”

    Thats GOLD!

  30. randal 31

    hi lprent…no just normal…if ya dont beleive me then hang around here for some candy coloured tangerine streamline flake babybee!!!

  31. Jane 32

    you guys undermine your credibility with all the personal attacks aimed at demonising Farrar. Its boring, and pathetic. I am a Labour voter but after reading a comment by Lynn Prentice on another mostly-leftie blog (Dim Post) I am pretty disenchanted with The Standard and probably won’t read it anymore. I think you guys should be doing more to win people like me (unaffiliated blog readers) over.. but you are doing the opposite. Although, I know the right aren’t nicey poos either but I am yet to read anything truely nasty written by Farrar himself.
    And yeah I’m sure none of you give a shit what I think.

    [lprent: I’m just not a nice person. In the case of the dim-post (or any other site), if they attack me then they will frequently get a taste of my tongue back. I presume that you have passed the same message to the idiot who wrote the attack on my site?

    As for the other parts of it. People come here to pick up information and discussion. There is reasonably intensive moderation to ensure that the comments section doesn’t become a cesspool. The site isn’t here to ‘win’ people. It is specifically here to allow discussion between people that are often never going to agree. The moderation is there to ensure that the discussion doesn’t get drowned out by the lowest common denominator.

    Now I think I’ll have a look at who this pseudonym is likely to be. It sounds bit like a troll]

  32. Jane 33

    Tit for tat never gets anyone anywhere, and if you spend all your time biting back at your detractors then you have no time to do anything good. It just elevates you above everyone else, so people who are relatively new to the blogosphere get a balanced idea of what you are saying, not petty bitchfights. I’m not saying petty bitchfights don’t go on elsewhere, but, as it is the example du jour, Farrar doesn’t start them/continue them- whereas you take pride in perpetuating them.

    I just think your attitude kinda stinks lynn.

    Have a look if you like, I’m seriously not a troll. Just a Labour voter who is in two minds this election who has recently discovered blogs. Don’t be so paranoid!!!!! 🙂

    That just proves Danyl’s point. Because I said some things you don’t like, suddenly I am probably a troll… hmm. I mean this in the nicest possible way, but you really need to grow up!

  33. Jane 34

    Sorry ‘it’ at the beginnig of the second sentence means- not biting at people who have a dislike of your site. I’m tired.

  34. Well, Jane, thanks for visiting. I know Lynn’s a bit of a grump sometime but he’s also a damn fine moderator and techie. Without him our threads would look like the disgusting stuff one sees on Farrar or Whaleoil’s site. Yes Lynn has to ban people sometimes, and yes he operates a tight ship but you will notice most of our commentators are actually from the Right (the blogosphere is mostly rightwing) and we have robust and intelligent debates… something that can’t be said for sites where there is no moderation and every thread rapidly turns into personal abuse (as did ours until Lynn put a stop to it)

    As for the topic of this post, as you can see by looking at the surrounding posts, we usually avoid commenting on posts by blogs like farrar’s because frankly they’re irrelevant to the wider political discourse and I would rather talk about wages or parties policies. However Farrar’s post just got my goat because he’ll do anything to try to shut down voices of people he doesn’t agree with, yet he has the cheek to call himself a free speech campaigner. He constantly attacks me and my fellow Standardistas, yet every time, every time, his facts are wrong.

  35. Joely Doe 36

    Pity the Electoral Commission did not agree with your assessment of the Authorisation Statements.

    [the EC found I had not breached the EFA. I won, National’s pornographer lost, eat that. SP]

  36. Joely Doe 37

    “..eat that”? Pathetic is right (or Left, as the case may be). “Pity the EC did not agree with your assessment of the Authorisation Statements.” I notice you did not argue that point. You did not ‘willfully’ break the provisions of the EFA. Ignorance of the law must be a wonderful thing. Try doing it again, if as you say, you won.

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    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
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  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The obvious question
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago

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