Posts by nzlemming

  • Hard News: Paying for the storms to come, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    The season of the Witch(hunt)
    (Trump) ...but you can hunt down those who voted for him…

    Are they in season, and is there a bag limit?

    For some reason that always makes me think of this one,

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2830 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Big Night Outage, in reply to steven crawford,

    My emergency outdoor cooking, which must be worth at least one star point for preparations nerd of disaster.

    That'd be choice to hold onto in a tsunami, bro.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2830 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Big Night Outage, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It drives me nuts that the nice F&P gas hob we bought a year before we renovated won't work without electricity, it really does.

    Um, if the gas comes out, you can light it with a match. You may not be able to use the little piezo-electric starter, but you can still light it. I have an F&P Elba hob I put in when I moved here last year (to the gas-fitter's disgust, I might add - he didn't think much of the brand, but then he was an Aussie so YMMV) and I tested it after I read your comment. Worked fine.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2830 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Big Night Outage, in reply to Patrick Xavier,

    Perhaps it’s reflective of a more deep-seated malaise.

    Much of it reflects the old multiple council problems of separate services. The supercity was supposed to resolve this. Bwahahahaha!

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2830 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Big Night Outage, in reply to steven crawford,

    I’ve got one of these: just in case

    What do you feed him?

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2830 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Unitec project: Something…, in reply to Neil,

    It’s a steamroller of financial destruction. National largely ignored the problem but Labour also chose not to listen to people who knew the true extent of the disaster.

    Say what? National spent nine years ignoring this. Labour has had 6 months to find out about it. Your prejudice is showing like a glowstick at Splore.

    Edit: Let's put that a little clearer. National CREATED the problem by demanding surpluses from DHBs.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2830 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Unitec project: Something…, in reply to BenWilson,

    It used to work, and they haven't yet adjusted.

    Score!

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2830 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 1984, Cambridge Analytica and…, in reply to nzlemming,

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  • Hard News: 1984, Cambridge Analytica and…, in reply to WaynePhillips,

    SCL, the parent company, seems like another from the genus giant vampire squid

    http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2018/03/20/scl-a-very-british-coup/</q>

    I've seen discussion on-line that the nerve gas event is a hoax to divert people from finding out about SCL/CA and their links to the Conservative Party and establishment. On the one hand, Russia's got form; on the other, it's hard to dismiss the possibility out of hand.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2830 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 1984, Cambridge Analytica and…, in reply to Russell Brown,

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    Three days before he was suspended as CEO of Analytica, Alexander Nix formed a new company with Rebekah Mercer as a co-director.

    Technically, the company was registered on 11 August 2017, and lists its business as "Data processing, hosting and related activities".

    Alexander James Ashburner Nix was appointed as a director on 23 January 2018, the same day that Julian David Wheatland and Alexander Tayler ceased being persons of "significant control". Also appointed as directors were Johnson Chun Shun Ko, Cheng Peng, and Ahmad Ashraf Hosny Al Khatib on 23 January 2018. Al Khatib, by the bye is a citizen of the Seychelles, Ko is Hong Kong Chinese and Peng lists herself as British, living in Hong Kong.

    Tayler is the Chief Data Officer of CA and Wheatland is a director of SCL, the parent company, so it wasn't just a shelf company as I first thought, but a long-planned escape route. Wheatland is listed as the Chief Operating Officer of Emerdata and is still on the board. Tayler is not currently on the board. Wheatland is also a director of a company called Fanalytica with a Sussex address, and a board comprised of apparent newbies as only Wheatland and one other have other directorships and the other appears to be a rent-a-director with ties to Liverpool FC. Watch this space.

    Wheatland is on the board of a number of other SCL companies, many of which are domiciled at Parr House, 215 Cumnor Hill, Oxford, Oxfordshire (which Wheatland has listed in the past as his correspondence address). It's odd that the Companies Office still lists Wheatland as an active director of Emerdata, when they have a declaration of cessation logged, and no subsequent appointment, but I guess that will come out in the wash as the media dig deeper.

    Jennifer and Rebekah Mercer were added as directors on 16 March 2018

    The Emerdata address was changed from 16 Great Queen Street London (which may have been the address of the lawyers used to incorporate) to Pkf Littlejohn, 1 Westferry Circus Canary Wharf London on 13 February 2018 (the day the companies office was notified of Nix's appointment) which Nix lists as his correspondence address on the Companies' Office database.

    However, as further wrinkle, Cambridge Analytica (UK) Limited lists Level 2, 1 Westferry Circus, London, E14 4HD as its address so who the fuck knows without a site visit. CA(UK)Ltd still lists Nix as "Director", despite news reports of him being suspended. But the SCL rabbit hole is deep (see attached graphic) and CA(UK)Ltd lists Nix as its only officer, appointed January 2015.

    CA(UK)Ltd was incorporated on Jan 6 2015 as SCL USL Ltd, as a Private, Limited by shares entity, and the entire shareholding of 10,000 shares was held by the company, which transferred them on 3/2/15 to, you guessed it, Alexander Nix. They changed the name of the company on 20/4/2016 right when they were courting Bannon, so the whistleblower is accurate there.

    There is, incidentally, a company called Cambridge Analytica Ltd registered in 2014 which seems to have no relation to the Nix companies.

    So, a truly fascinating rabbit hole and I don't envy any journo trying to sort the SCL web of companies, but it is not strictly accurate to say that the company appeared out of the blue 3 days before Nix was suspended as CEO.

    PS That graphic looks small when you click on it but it will embiggen readably quite a lot.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2830 posts Report Reply

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