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Hard News: Dirty Politics

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  • Rob Stowell,

    Sounds like you might need internet connected bar-code readers ... which some places might find too expensive for the volume of mail.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2108 posts Report Reply

  • Amanda Wreckonwith, in reply to Alfie,

    Guernsey??

    One of these things is not like the others...

    Since Sep 2012 • 171 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Dirty Politics just won't go away. When a brave waitress outed the PM's strange harassment of her the dirty politics gang rallied to blame the victim

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2015/04/23/update-the-prime-minister-and-the-waitress-part-2-dirty-politics/

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Angela Hart,

    That's it for me. No more Harald, not online, not hard copy. I'm not reading these Harald pieces, I'm not supporting their advertisers.

    Christchurch • Since Apr 2014 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie, in reply to Angela Hart,

    That's it for me. No more Harald, not online, not hard copy.

    Glucina and the Herald have clearly breached (abandoned?) any pretence of journalistic ethics today. The Press Council's statement of Principles is clear about this.

    9. Subterfuge
    Information or news obtained by subterfuge, misrepresentation or dishonest means is not permitted unless there is an overriding public interest and the news or information cannot be obtained by any other means.

    Incidentally, if I lived in Auckland I certainly wouldn't be patronising any of the Hip Group cafés either.

    Whoops! I've reposted this in the Campbell Live thread where most of the discussion is taking place.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1434 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    When a brave waitress outed the PM's strange harassment of her

    "strange" being the operative word.

    Surely, Our Leader cannot survive this?

    This is not only harrassment, but seriously kinky behaviour.

    Without consent.

    Go Colin McCready!

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1344 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Golf Course Litigators...*

    Go Colin McCready!

    Graham is chipping in as well...
    ;- )


    *Chchch band pun...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Thank you Ian....someone was talking about a person called Colin while I was typing and it slipped through the filter!

    Graham McCready...."serial litigator"...is that more, or less socially acceptable than than being a serial fondler of non - consenting women's hair?

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1344 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Trich or treat?

    being a serial fondler of non – consenting women’s hair?

    I'm 'crowd-seeding' the meme of our Prime minister's regressive great ape genes, shown by his relentless alpha male silverback urge for constant 'grooming' - in both senses of the word, how else to explain his attempts to 'normalise' aberrant behaviours?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Moving this from the "Grown-ups" thread as it belongs firmly in Dirty Politics. nzlemming started it with...

    Speaking of children in need parental supervision, is anyone tuned into this Ben Rachinger thing. Seems so very crazy.

    I agree that it seems quite surreal.

    Here's one blogger's summary of the story so far.

    The extended version from the man himself.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1434 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to Alfie,

    This Dirty Politics story keeps getting bigger and weirder. 200,000+ page views for this thread too.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Agreed Hilary. If you're looking for something light-hearted, check out Andrea Vance on Key meets Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. It seems that our laughing stock PM didn't do much research before the meeting.

    When the royal stopped for breath, Key made his pitch but it strangled the conversation again.

    "You own Fox News, wow," Key wrongly asserted. Prince Alwaleed ran through his considerable investments (13 industries in 40 countries).

    Again, Key saw his opportunity: "They had a Four Seasons in New Zealand?"

    "No, there was a discussion at one time..."

    Key interrupted: "In Queenstown, I think..No? But we want one."

    The prince seemed to hint New Zealand needed a higher GDP per capita before it could have one of his five star hotels. Awkward.

    While most countries have national treasures, we're stuck with a National embarrassment.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1434 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody, in reply to Alfie,

    While most countries have national treasures, we’re stuck with a National embarrassment.

    Sad. He comes across like a used car salesman.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    When a brave waitress outed the PM's strange harassment of her the dirty politics gang rallied to blame the victim

    There is a pattern here...
    Amanda Bailey, Bradley Ambrose. Its like a mirror image of the All Blacks initials.
    ABBA.... Money money money, must be funny, in a rich man's world.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    There is a pattern here…
    ...Its like a mirror image of the All Blacks initials.

    DNA - GABBA GABBA take the Ramoney and run...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I don't wanna be a pinhead no more. I just met a waitress that I could go for.
    Gabba gabba hey

    Like the Remains of the day but with a lot less dignity,
    at the end of the day.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • st ephen, in reply to Alfie,

    ..we’re stuck with a National embarrassment.

    If it's any consolation, he's just as embarrassed about us. He used to work in Singapore and London - now he's stuck in some dump at the end of the world. He escapes to his condo in Hawaii at every opportunity so he can play golf with his American banker buddies - people on his level. Like Letterman, they mock his position as the head of some third-rate film set and he can only agree. If only Queenstown had a 5-star Four Seasons Hotel to go with the golf courses...

    dunedin • Since Jul 2008 • 254 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Like the Remains of the day but with a lot less dignity,
    at the end of the day.

    "Here's the Remains of the Day lunchbox. Kids don't like eating at school, but if they have a Remains of the Day lunchbox they're a lot happier."

    - Corky St. Clair, Waiting For Guffman.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • stephen walker, in reply to Alfie,

    i'm really struggling with the idea that the content of that Andrea Vance article is not satire.

    nagano • Since Nov 2006 • 645 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to stephen walker,

    Here's how it works thusly. Braunias credited Vance for the lines.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19706 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie, in reply to stephen walker,

    i'm really struggling with the idea that the content of that Andrea Vance article is not satire.

    In that case, check out another Stuff story from Beck Eleven proclaiming Key as the Pffft Minister.

    ... (Bryan) Gould probably nails exactly why the PM is an expert in everything. It is because media treat the Prime Minister as "virtually their sole determinant of what is news".

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1434 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Alfie,

    In that case, check out another Stuff story from Beck Eleven proclaiming Key as the Pffft Minister.

    The photo attached to that artical, says something we don't often hear about the Priminister. He seems to have "like a cushion, assumed the shape of the last person that sat on him" .

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4411 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    The winners of CAFCA's Annual Roger Award (for the Worst Transnational Corporation operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014) have just been announced (as part of their 40 years anniversary weekend):

    Winner ANZ Bank
    Second IAG Insurance Group

    here's the full report:
    http://canterbury.cyberplace.co.nz/community/CAFCA/pdf/roger-award-2014.pdf

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    The Ben Rachinger story gets weirder.

    Statement on the matter of Mr Cameron Slater and payment for hacking for political purposes.

    I, Ben Rachinger, was approached to hack “The Standard”, a Labour party affiliated blogsite, by Cameron Slater on behalf of his unnamed funder in February 2015. These parties offered me $5,000 to gain access to “The Standard” blogsite and to get the ‘Authors List’. I was also to leave a backdoor in the server so the parties could get access anytime they wished. The reasons for the ‘Authors List’ having such importance for the funder, as demonstrated in the communications prior to the actual discussion of money being exchanged for hacking, was to use the ‘Authors List’ in Parliament when the ‘House’ sat again first in 2015 to embarrass the Opposition and/or get resignations.

    Extra bonuses above the $5,000 were offered for resignations and timing. It was not clear exactly what the monetary sum being offered for that was but there was mention of an additional $5,000.

    Cameron Slater paid $1,000 as a down payment for the hacking from his company ‘Social Media Consulting’ directly into my bank account with the references being “Dark Lord”.

    The post contains screen grabs of transfers totalling $14,500 from Slater to Rachinger's account.

    The NZ Police asked me to come into the Manakau Police Station and make a recorded statement about the alleged conspiracy to hack ‘The Standard’. I consented to doing this interview on my own and without a lawyer present.

    This interview took place over 2 hours with a few 5 minute breaks. I was asked repeatedly if I had done the hack, about my computing/network security skills and what had lead me to be in contact with Mr Slater.

    I was sure to tell the Police that Slater had, in messages, talked about owning multiple firearms, meeting organized crime gang members regularly and had powerful backers/funders.

    The decision to go to the Police and make a statement was prompted by my awareness I was in ‘Deep’ with very dangerous and angry people.

    The Police took my devices, with my consent, for cloning. My devices, Smartphone/Tablet/Laptop were sent to the Dunedin Electronic Crime Laboratory for cloning. This process took a month. I then had my devices returned to me by the Detectives and asked additional questions about the evidence.

    I have heard from the Police subsequently and it is my understanding the Police are very keen to interview Mr Slater about the evidence I have provided them.

    I have been receiving death threats and have had family members called and have had them threatened.

    WTF?

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1434 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Alastair Thompson has picked up this story on Scoop.

    The story is a pot-boiling journalistic tale of a trip inside Dark Politics by a brave (some might say foolhardy) young hacker / journalist, a class of new entrants to the media scene who are having a big impact - and some of whom like Chelsea Manning & Barrett Brown who have found themselves martyred for their temerity.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1434 posts Report Reply

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