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  • 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 • 7953 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 • 1440 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 • 3227 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 • 1440 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 • 7953 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 • 19745 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 • 1440 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 • 7953 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 • 1440 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 • 1440 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    David Fisher shows that the PM's numerous assertions that the Snowden documents were somehow "fabricated" is just one big untruth.

    The Herald sought any information held by the Prime Minister which informed him or his office over the alleged "fabrication".

    The Prime Minister's chief of staff Wayne Eagleson said "no information has been identified". He said the PM's office had to refuse the request because the "information requested does not exist or cannot be found".

    Asked for the basis of the claim, a spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said: "Given these documents were stolen and these people have a track record of misrepresenting, misinterpreting and misunderstanding information, as shown in the Moment of Truth, we can't discount that some of what is being put forward may be fabricated."

    Is it just me or did the PM's spokeswoman's nose just grow longer?

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

    While the British election is into the last bit of wild prognostication, I thought this summation of the media being fact checked by the wider Internet was interesting.

    http://www.byline.com/column/2/article/30

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to David Hood,

    While the British election is into the last bit of wild prognostication, I thought this summation of the media being fact checked by the wider Internet was interesting.

    http://www.byline.com/column/2/article/30

    The practices written about in that article scream out Godwin's Second Law, aka Reductio ad Stalinum.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5443 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

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    Today's Tremain .... it never ends .... is it me or is Key getting more and more Muldoonesque as time goes on

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2622 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    a peeling...
    Tremain's halyard is a very 'campanalogy'...

    ...and yes that Key is looking tres Muldoonesque
    (both in the cartoon world and the real world)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    Thought for the day: What would this be called if he had been working in Prime Minister Helen Clark's office?

    https://twitter.com/gtiso/status/597514754748362753

    Cue outrage from Herald, DPF, Hosking, usual suspects.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1332 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody, in reply to simon g,

    For goodness sake. Will the adults working in JK's office please stand up? Sheesh.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell, in reply to simon g,

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 499 posts Report Reply

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