So in Stuff, Don Brash is saying that a speech Hager quotes was written, but never actually delivered.
My conclusion: Hager could access files, but did not get that particular leak from anybody who was at caucus. Of course, it is also a further unravellling of these claims, once they are exposed to sunlight.
I'm not suggesting that Brash is clean or desirable. But I'm really worried about the possible theft of emails to do a political hatchet job. Am I the only one who thinks this is a big problem?
Ah, the KGB! Excellent. Thanks for clearing that up. That eliminates my other two leading theories, which were the Freemasons, or Aliens.
Of course, it is still possible that Alien Freemasons have infiltrated the KGB.
Hmm. Maybe I'll just concentrate on the first three points.
The racing pamphlet claim has been rebutted. Apparently it was detected, corrected and included in the election return. So I have a few questions.
(1) If he is such a fair journalist, why couldn't Nicky Hager have determined this from a check of National's election return?
(2) There must have been internal correspondence correcting this error. Why didn't Nicky Hager publish that as well?
(3) Are there any physical documents or quotes from the alleged leakers? That is, is there any of the normal documentation associated with major leaks?
(4) Why is this book currently only available to the media and critics of the National Party? In other words, why am I being fed one-sided spin instead of having the opportunity to read it myself?
Don Brash stinks. So does this book.
Webweaver: (a few pages ago). Interesting point. Not proved by this particular memo, but suggestive. If you could prove authorisation by National, that would be very very serious.
Compie - yep, looks suspicious. Certainly leaves Brash's credibility in tatters. Demostrates fraud? I don't think so.
Paul: what election fraud? None of these plans were ever implemented as part of the election campaign.
Does anybody else find it ironic that Hager now admits to secretly campaigning against National at the last election?
What a hypocrite.
This exposes the futility of the "bread and circuses" distraction of the Waterfront Stadium. Why bother? The blood and murder in the Forum is far more entertaining!
If people want to free associate/speculate/extrapolate/make sh*t up about other dimensions and multiple universes they are free to do so, but I fail to see how such imaginary worlds are any better than Collins' imaginary friend.
The difference is that their implications are, at least conceivably, testable. Also, those investigating them are in principle willing to give up some ideas, or prefer other ideas, on the basis of the evidence they find.
Okay, lets have a look at the "Universe is just right" argument.
First, is God amenable to proof or disproof? If you want to regard mysteries in physics as proof, then you need to accept the possibilities of disproofs as well, or your position become incoherent and self-serving.
Second, why must this coincidence be a property of the physical world? Could it not equally be a property of our number systems? That is, we just happen to measure things in a way that make them seem spookily just right.
Third, even if you accept an external agent has interefered with the laws of nature, how does this prove "God"? Could it not equally prove Powerful Aliens, Satan, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or anything else? If there were such a being, why should they be interested in us, compared to the other 2 trillion civilisations in the Universe. Maybe they set up the Universe as a Zoo. Or as a cruel computer game? Perhaps our Purpose is to test the theory that no amount of misery will lead to species suicide?
Even if somebody did design the Universe, there is no reason to think they are *nice* or interested in *us*.