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  • Redbaiter 01:37 on March 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Capt James Fanell,   

    Obama fires naval officer who tried to warn of China threat 

    U.S. Navy Capt. James Fanell, Director, Intelligence and Information Operation

    U.S. Navy Capt. James Fanell, Director, Intelligence and Information Operation

    The Army currently has 510,000 active duty members, but the Obama administration is working with Army leaders to shrink that number to somewhere between 420,000-450,000 by deactivating brigades and firing mid-level officers.

    Stars and Strips reported that over 500 Army majors will be forced out of the military by next spring; almost 1,200 captains have also been cut as part of the Obama Administration’s downsizing plan.

    And all of this is occurring at the same time as China and Russia are expanding their forces and increasing expenditure.

    However it gets worse. Capt. James Fanell, a senior Navy intelligence leader was relieved from his position as the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s director of intelligence and information operations because he made public information about China that Obama didn’t want you to hear.

    His comments, now being labeled “provocative,” revealed that after a recent Chinese amphibious exercise, naval intelligence officials assessed that China’s strategy was to be able to launch a “short, sharp war,” with Japan.

    Fannell said the following about Chinese naval intentions: “(We believe) the (People’s Liberation Army) has been given the new task to be able to conduct a short, sharp war to destroy Japanese forces in the East China Sea following with what can only be expected (as) a seizure of the Senkakus or even southern Ryukyu (islands).”

    According to Pentagon brass, this information runs counter to their daily talking points about “building ties” with the Chinese Navy, a force which appears to be more assertive than ever before.

    Adm. Harry Harris, in charge of PACFLT, relieved Fannel from his position as an intelligence director. According to Military Times, he was reassigned as an aid to Rear Adm. Randy Crites at PACFLT’s maritime headquarters — which is a long fall from his previous position.

    Fannell reportedly has plenty of support within the naval intelligence community for voicing his views on China’s growing aggression toward countries like Japan and even the United States. As a 29-year naval intelligence officer, Fannell has more credibility and insider knowledge than most others in his branch of service.

    Stars and Stripes
    Conservative Tribune

     
  • Redbaiter 01:22 on March 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Climate change chart   

    The only climate change chart you'll ever need to see 

    This single chart compilation by govt researchers confirms what multiple studies have shown over and over again- natural climate change rules, regardless of CO2 greenhouse emissions. No matter what they say, AGW proponents cannot make the link between CO2 and climate change.

    Climate 500 million years cropped

    Clicking on this chart will enlarge it.

    Several obvious points from this research pictorial.

    • Past natural climate change has produced extreme volatility and variation.
    • Reconstructed temperature proxies reveal multiple climatic periods of acceleration and levels of cooling/warming that far exceed what the modern era has experienced.
    • Modern global warming is not extreme nor unique, even compared to the relatively recent period of the Minoan/Bronze age civilizations.
    • Current temperatures would not have to drop by that much for Earth to enter an ice age glaciation period.
    • Earth has been in an overall cooling mode for the last 10 million years.

    These 5 scientific factual points are indisputable, undeniable, irrefutable and unequivocal. Furthermore, modern climate records have been heavily manipulated. Taking the massaged data into account, the real level of warming in the modern era is calculated to be as indicated by the purple arrow.

    Read more at C3 headlines

     
  • Redbaiter 01:07 on March 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Saturday morning smile 

    AGW scientist

     
  • Redbaiter 15:15 on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Whaleoil mods blocked my first comment in years- heart breaking 

    Thought I would try posting at Whaleoil again after a long while ignoring the place. My comment didn’t get through the moderation system. Can’t think of why. Most unfair.

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    • Philip Walter 15:28 on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Was this on the : photo, face, sign, map, proverb, video, nightcap, comment, roundup, video or Trivia ….. of the day posts or one of the two feedback ? posts

      Humourless Pete banned be before christmas, and that kind of broke the spell, since when my visitor count would be perhaps 10 ?

      As it slides into more an more irrelevance I wonder if Cam regrets this re-invention into Womens Day lite for the right wing mouth breathers.

      And I did notice a plea for donations to help keep the sire running, it costs a lot to visit Reddit and Sideswipe daily.

      Not seen a lot about his revenge pieces on KDC, Hager, and the exposing of the left in their Dirty Politics. Not seen a lot about anything really.

      As to the new venture “Freed” what ever happened there? Perhaps that had Pete on fundraising, or he’s busy pre-loading cat videos for it.

      • Redbaiter 02:09 on March 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Freed seems to have gone a bit quiet. It was originally meant to be up and running before the election. I think anyone who would put a million dollars or more into a digital news site in NZ would have to be prepared to accept massive losses. I’d like to see the business plan. Maybe that’s the problem- Mr Lentino has seen the business plan.

    • Changeiscoming 15:32 on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This is very funny well done. On a serious note I haven’t been to Whales blog for six months. The foulness and hatered he shows to Conservatives is unbelievable. Most of it being out right lies. The guy is a progressive coward of the highest order. The fact that he masquerades as a right winger is curse on all right wingers.

      • Redbaiter 17:56 on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Someone mentioned to me he was bashing Craig again so I went to have a look and saw this article about being a Nat party sycophant. He’s not so much of one today as what he was before the election that is for sure.

        Funny how he’s always going on about being the only one who knows the truth about Craig but never expands upon that.

    • caleb 16:40 on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I find it often lacks content and has lots of puffy fillers.
      Really needs a few more good contributors.
      Ah, who cares, got KG, Terry and RB to read :)

  • Redbaiter 12:52 on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Customs searches, Nicky Wagner,   

    Customs powers need limits and Nicky Wagner should know this 

    Nicky WagnerCustoms Minister Nicky Wagner has issued a discussion paper on changes to the Customs and Excise Act.”The Government initiated the review of the Customs and Excise Act due to the legislation’s inability to efficiently respond to changes in technology and business practice.”

    However Nicholas Jones at the NZ Herald says Customs is seeking new powers including requiring a person to provide a password or access to their electronic devices.

    The agency has also floated other possibilities including collection of biometric information and making passengers empty their pockets if asked by an officer, even if there is no reasonable suspicion. Currently, when Customs examines a person’s electronic device the owner is not legally obliged to provide a password or encryption key.

    It is relatively uncommon for people to refuse to provide this, Customs notes in the discussion paper, but “the number who refuse may increase as technology continues to develop”. If people do refuse, Customs notes it “can mean we have no way of uncovering evidence of criminal offending even when we know the device holds this evidence”.

    It appears to me that there needs to be an attitude adjustment in Customs, where the prevailing mood seems to be that in order to pass through their system, citizens must yield every traditional right to individual freedom that ever existed, including the very important one of never being stopped and searched without good reason.

    If the Police are not permitted these powers, why should they be granted to Customs?

    Meanwhile in Quebec, a man (Alain Philippon) has recently been charged with obstructing border officials by refusing to give up his smartphone password. The Canadian Customs wouldn’t say why Philippon was selected for a smartphone search. He has been released on bail, and will have to return to court in May.

    Rob Currie, director of the Law and Technology Institute at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, said the issue of whether a traveller must reveal a password to an electronic device at the border hasn’t been tested by a court.

    Here we have yet another situation where the National Party dances to the tune of the bureaucracy rather than the people who voted for it. Nicky Wagner should be taking a firm stand against suspicion-less searches. Will she? Unlikely. The National Party has frequently proved it doesn’t give a damn for such issues and my money says these losers will cave in to an out of control bureaucracy once again.

     
    • Ashley Schaeffer 14:08 on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It would be a gross invasion of privacy. Our electronic devices increasingly hold huge amounts of personal information that neither Customs nor the Police have any need to know. Why should some trumped-up Customs Nazi at the airport have access to review every aspect of my life. My personal laptop holds information about my (legal) hobbies, photos of my children, mdeical notes, and the addresses, phone numbers and emails for nearly everyone in my steet (members of the local neighborhood watch). No-one requires access to this information and I shouldn’t have to provide access to it simply for wanting to travel unimpeded from point A to point B. I’m disgusted by the proposal and disgusted by Wagner’s failure to condemn it outright.

      • Redbaiter 14:24 on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        It seems as if Customs are now operating as a branch of the Police Force when really their role should be confined to customs and excise issues.

        There needs to be a much clearer definition of what role they actually play, and it should be restricted to their original purpose which was to ensure people paid tax on stuff and did not bring in fruit flies etc.

        The problem is that we have lost sight of the important traditions that made us a civilised country.

        • Ashley Schaeffer 14:32 on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          It’s like they’re trying to morph into the New Zealand equivalent of the U.S Department of Homeland Security.

  • Redbaiter 08:35 on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Australia’s Libertarian MP speaks out against special treatment for Aboriginals 

    David Leyonhjelm on his farm near Mudgee NSW

    David Leyonhjelm on his farm near Mudgee NSW

    The Brisbane Times reports that Senator David Leyonhjelm has become the first Australian politician to break with the bipartisan push for constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians.

    “Each of us can feel that our ancestry is important, and each of us can celebrate this ancestry in our own way. Some celebrate ancestors who were here millennia ago, some celebrate ancestors who were on the First Fleet, and some celebrate ancestors who came on a more recent leaky boat. But no one person’s ancestry is more important than another person’s,” said Senator Leyonhjelm.

    “Every human being in Australia is a person, equal before the law. Giving legal recognition to characteristics held by certain persons – particularly when those characteristics are inherent, like ancestry – represents a perverse sort of racism. Although it appears positive, it still singles some people out on the basis of race.”

    Senator Leyonhjelm also argued that some Aboriginals do not have a relationship with traditional lands and water. “Statements like this belong in scholarly research, not legislation. Ever since the Enlightenment we have accepted that questions of fact are resolved by evidence, not by decree. You can’t legislate a fact.”

    His comments were immediately dismissed as “pathetic” by Reconciliation Australia co-chair Tom Calma, while Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda said it was too early for anyone to be so trenchantly opposed to the process.

    “Everyone is entitled to their view but he just needs a bit of education,” Mr Calma said.

    Senator Leyonhjelm’s remarks were made during a speech in the Senate. They could just as easily apply to NZ as Australia.

     
    • Ashley Schaeffer 13:34 on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      “Everyone is entitled to their view but he just needs a bit of education,”

      I think Calma meant to say “re-education”.

      Marxist scum like Calma don’t even try to hide their own racist views these days. Society has become so warped that they proudly trumpet their bullshit and very few will publicly call them on it.

      • Redbaiter 14:29 on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        That Calma can say such a thing and feel no shame and attract no criticism is a sign how far we have sunk. Our spokespeople are divisive Communist thugs who in many cases don’t even understand the political forces driving them.

        I don’t agree with everything Leyonhjelm says but he’s pretty right on this issue. The most notable thing to me is that we have someone in the Senate with the courage to swim/ speak out against the tide on this issue.

        It surely is not Tony Abbot.

  • Redbaiter 03:12 on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , expansion, military spending   

    Communist China increases military spending 

    According to CNN, Red China has again increased its annual military budget by around 10% even as its economy slows. The budget now totals $US144.2 billion.

    Premier Li Keqiang told the National People’s Congress held in the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square “Building a solid national defense and strong armed forces is fundamental to safeguarding China’s sovereignty.”

    The increased spending comes amid unease among China’s neighbors about the pursuit of its territorial claims in the South China Sea and East China Sea.

    Paul Burton, Asia Pacific director at IHS Aerospace, Defence & Security, estimates that actual spending is 35% higher than the announced budget.

    “China’s expanding strategic reach and extensive modernization requirements will continue to require significant investment over the next decade,” Burton said.

    Alexander Neill, a senior fellow at the International Institute of Strategic Studies in Singapore says China is likely to prioritize spending on its naval power “A growing chunk of budget is going toward China’s navy, particularly its submarine force and its seaborne nuclear deterrent,” he said.

    China is busy expanding its economic and political influence in the Pacific too, investing heavily in development projects and land and assets purchase throughout island regions and in NZ and Australia.

     
    • Peter 05:16 on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Having read the “Rise & fall of the Third Reich”, “The wilderness Years”, & dozens probably of that ilk, I cannot but feel really concerned for the future. Disturbing to see “us” featuring in the last paragraph.
      In the past, my grandparents lived through serious & grim days when the sky collapsed. I tend to feel that sometime in future, serious & grim days & awful challenges await us, or at least for my children.
      The happy & carefree life that we enjoy is not a given, is not guaranteed, & is coveted by others.
      Uh………….. whats chinese for Lebensraum ?

      • Redbaiter 11:25 on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Its funny how many people today (like myself) have this expectation that the status quo cannot go on. Who knows, maybe we’re suffering some kind of mild paranoia and maybe it can, but there are plenty of signs suggesting otherwise. You don’t have to look very hard to find them.

  • Redbaiter 02:47 on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: graffiti, , vandalism   

    Singapore hunts down graffiti vandals in Malaysia 

    The BBC reports two German men have been sentenced to three strokes of a cane and nine months in jail in Singapore for vandalism and trespassing. Andreas Von Knorre 22 and Elton Hinz 21 pleaded guilty to entering a train depot and spraying graffiti on a train.

    They had arrived in Singapore from Australia in November last year and vandalized the train during their stay. They then moved on to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia but were tracked down by Singapore police and brought back for trial.

    Having lived in Singapore on and off for a number of years I can tell you that one of the best things about the place is the lack of graffiti and other forms of vandalism. And its disappointing to see when these kind of crimes occur the guilty party is frequently someone entering Singapore from our more Westernised cultures.

    Meanwhile in NZ-

    Isaac Campbell, 18, who was involved in an “alcohol-fuelled night of offending” when he smashed up a police station and held up a service station has been sentenced.

    About 5am on October 8, Campbell, with co-offenders Tukutahi Pokaia-Hakaraia and Jade Lawton, went to the Mobil service station on Rangitikei St, wearing bandannas. Lawton pulled out a tomahawk, and waved it at the attendant, who was “frogmarched” over to the till and forced to open it, and $726 was taken.

    Campbell also grabbed a guide dog collection box off the counter, with more than $100 inside, before fleeing. The collection box was recovered, but the money was not.

    About seven hours earlier, Campbell had been part of a group of youths who had vandalised and thrown rocks at the Highbury police station, after police shut down a party. They smashed 19 windows, damaged three roller doors and tagged obscenities on the walls, causing more than $8500 damage.

    Campbell was sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday to 12 months’ home detention, 150 hours’ community work and ordered to pay $242 reparation, having pleaded guilty to intentional damage and aggravated robbery.

    NZ along with Australia are two of the worst places in the developed world for crime. Justice systems in the West are a joke. Our punishments are ineffective and judges will not do their job.

     
    • Ashley Schaeffer 13:42 on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It’s no good giving offenders in New Zealand a caning. They would be claiming ACC straight after.

  • Redbaiter 02:23 on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Friday morning smile 

    Eye before flea

     
  • Redbaiter 18:24 on March 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Asset sales   

    Asset sales- six good and simple supporting arguments 

    “No assets sales” was a slogan that recently brought a far left halfwit to power in the Queensland (Australia) elections. Annastacia Palaszczuk became Qld Premier although two days before the election she let slip that she didn’t even know what the 10% GST rate was.

    Its a slogan that the Qld Liberal Party appeared to have no effective response to other than to say the “assets” would be leased not sold. A flawed argument that concedes the premise that sale is a bad thing.

    Now we see the NSW Labor Party adopting the same strategy. Scare mongering on assets sales and once again the sitting Liberal govt seems to be stumped for a counter argument.

    In actuality, there are plenty of good arguments against asset sales and it beats me why perceived “right wing” politicians like John Key, Campbell Newman, Tony Abbot etc apparently can’t think of them or articulate them.

    1) The first and easiest argument is that we are not a communist society and that we believe in the concept of free enterprise and see it as underpinning our prosperity and freedom. If you want the govt to own things maybe you should be living in Cuba or Nth Korea.

    2) Government intervention in markets should not exist or be kept to a minimum. See defunct Soviet Union for expanded reasons.

    3) Further to 2) above, businesses run by government are often run on political rather than economic considerations. They dampen competition and make it harder for the private sector to offer quality services. Voters end up paying more for products that are inferior. (see Radio NZ)

    4) Fully owned government businesses cannot go bankrupt, leaving the taxpayer on the hook for bailouts of uneconomic and or commercially worthless units.

    5) Most of the reasons the left put forward for govt ownership are deeply flawed in logic and rationale. For every point the left have on the issue, there is a counterpoint to trump it.

    Price gouging? Not possible in the competitive business environment we should be striving to foster.

    Squeezing out competition? OK, I’ll trade you selling assets for regulation that enhances competition and restricts anti-competitive practices.

    Big profits? No problem, buy shares in the successful companies. In a truly competitive market, companies that make high profits are usually only doing so because they provide a better service or product.

    6) Most western economies are in need of capital investment. NZ for example sees most money going into houses. A thriving free market economy, ie one not hobbled by govt  intervention encourages investment in other areas of the economy bringing more jobs and higher wages.

    I could go on but I’ve used up enough space. The bottom line is there has to be an argument made for asset sales that does not yield to the left’s faulty premises. I’d start by not using left wing language in the first place and replacing the emotional and pejorative phrase “asset sales” with “liability relief”. Or something like that.

     
  • Redbaiter 15:21 on March 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Random breat tests   

    Ex cop's story exposes official abuse of random breath tests 

    I often fret over the use of roadblocks to enforce alcohol limits while driving. I maintain they are a step away from the ideas that have traditonally underpinned the West’s superior justice system, in that they contravene the principle of suspicion-less searches.

    That the authorities must have a clear reason to stop and search is partially designed to remove the opportunity for crooked cops to entrap anyone they might wish to. An effective judge will ask in court ‘why was this man stopped?’, and if there is no reason apparent, then he will throw the case out, for that principle should be paramount in a civilised society.

    Random breath tests at police roadblocks completely breach that principle. Anyone and everyone can be stopped and forced to undergo what is essentially a suspicion-less search (blowing in a breathalyser). The NZ Herald reports-

    A recently retired policeman says his fellow officers set a failed trap to catch him drink driving on the way home from a sports club. Former Senior Constable Gavin Benney said he was tipped off that his colleagues were waiting to catch him at a breathtesting checkpoint after an evening hockey game and a meal in Whangarei.

    He said that although he had not been drinking, he and another police officer took a back road instead and listened to the police radio. “We heard them say; ‘We’ve missed him, he’s gone.’ Then I could hear them looking for me.”

    Mr Benney, who quit the force in November 2013, tells the story in a book about his work experiences Country Cop 24/7: The life and times of a rural cop, which goes on sale tomorrow. In the book he describes the incident as “petty but potentially damaging behaviour” by a group who either wanted his job or thought he was given too much leeway in his policing style.

    This is a clear example of an intent by police officers to abuse the law, and stop and search and apprehend Mr. Benny for reasons detached from the actual alleged offence. If they can do it to Mr. Benny they can do it to anyone they have a grudge with. Its is tyranny, plain and simple.

    Roadblocks for the purpose of random breath testing should stop. There are plenty of other ways to enforce drink driving limits and they are less open to abuse by corrupt cops. Then again, those methods do not do anything to soften the populace up for tyranny, so it would take a major shift in govt thinking to make it happen.

     
    • Ashley Schaeffer 13:58 on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      We need more old-style cops like Benney and less of the new breed. There’s no room for common sense, discretion and flexibility in the modern Police Officer.

  • Redbaiter 13:54 on March 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Sepuloni   

    A picture that captures so well the tragedy of socialism 

    Sepuloni Rangi Radio NZ reports-

    In the New Plymouth District Court this morning Beverley Anne Sepuloni pleaded guilty to 19 charges of applying for benefits she was not entitled to and of not declaring she was living with her partner between 2003 and 2014.

    Sepuloni is a sickness beneficiary and a Housing New Zealand tenant paying income related rent. The 59-year-old appeared with joint accused, Michael Charles Rangi, who plead guilty to four similar charges.

    Rangi was overpaid about $62,500 in unemployment benefit and accommodation allowance.

    I was quite emotionally impacted by the tragedy implicit in the photo above. (taken by Robin Martin) Whereas a normal reaction may be to condemn the offenders as bludgers and crooks, deadbeats and no-hopers, its really a bit more complicated that that.

    If these two people had lived a full and productive life, this photo could have been taken in entirely different circumstances, but it hasn’t been because they were instead ensnared in the destructive web of socialism. Ideas insidiously injected into their psyche by the agents of evil who preach envy and sloth and appear to them as their saviours.

    They became craven victims of the left wing’s desperate drive for power and exploited as cannon fodder by a political movement that profits from misery. As a result, their independence was destroyed, along with their initiative and self reliance. Their potential as human beings was hopelessly crippled. They lost their self respect and fell into despair and deceit.

    The worst? They’re only the tip of the iceberg. The west is overflowing with so many who have unwittingly drunk the same fatal poison.

     
    • caleb 20:02 on March 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great to see you blogging again, much better than trying to wade through KB looking for the gems. I think you are type of writer that provides such great analysis that the requirement for comment is almost negated.

      • Redbaiter 23:07 on March 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for those kind words.

        (Being spared the predations of the LW trolls who dominate at Kiwiblog is a blessing.)

    • Mr_Blobby 21:19 on March 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What I find disturbing about this is that in Countries that do not have a welfare system the elderly are looked after by the children.

      So were was her Daughter while this was all happening, the one who has the shadow portfolio responsibility and asked the questions relating to her Mothers predicament, who did not know of her Mothers charges until the day before court ( look, just saw a pig fly past).

      The sad thing here is where is the Family the support network of friends and family. I would be ashamed if my Parents had do live in social housing and I did nothing about it.

      • Redbaiter 23:08 on March 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yep, once again we see the state attempting to usurp the role of the family.

  • Redbaiter 12:52 on March 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Auckland airport, , Whenuapai   

    NZ needs competition in airports and airlines 

    Auckland International Airport, the country’s main gateway, reported that net profit last year jumped 21 per cent to $215.9 million from sales of $475.8 million. Income underpinning that profit was helped by passenger service charges of $131.6 million and car park revenue was $42.8 million.

    Net profit of $216 million from sales of $476 million? Wow…! Maybe the figures won’t be so good for next year, but they’ll still be pretty good and why not? Auckland airport is a monopoly. It can virtually charge what it likes. And personally, I think they’re a bunch of arrogant rip off merchants who could do with a damn good dose of real free enterprise in the shape of a few more airports. Its called competition.

    National Party Minister Gerry Brownlee recently rejected plans for a new airline to operate out of Whenuapai airport in the northern suburbs of Auckland, on the grounds of noise. It would be easy to see such a weak excuse as smoke screening the government’s intent to shield its own airline, Air NZ, from competition. Aucklanders badly need competition in airports and airlines. Should the govt deny customers this competition based on the NIMBY excuse of noise and protecting its own interests?

    Air NZ went broke once before trying to undercut competition. In 2001 it posted the amazing loss of NZ$1,425 million. It was saved by an injection of $885 million of taxpayer money from the Helen Clark govt.

    Interesting that its much smaller main competitor, sent broke by Air NZ’s savage price cutting, ended up facing fraud charges, but in all of the shonky dealings that led to the much bigger collapse of Air NZ, no one was ever charged. I don’t fly Air NZ (unless there is no other option) because I think they are not capitalists but socialist cronyists.

    My view is that the new airline should be permitted to use Whenuapai. Both Auckland airport and Air NZ could do with the competition. And the govt should get the hell out of the airline business.

     
  • Redbaiter 09:27 on March 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Radio New Zealand, Ratings, Susie Ferguson   

    Massive slide in Radio NZ ratings 

    RNZ's Susie Ferguson

    RNZ’s Susie Ferguson

    John Drinnan is one of the few NZ journalists I like and he provides an interesting report on the state of Radio New Zealand. A recent Nielson survey shows the broadcaster lost around 70,000 listeners or 13 per cent of the annualised audience for RNZ National and RNZ Concert combined. It was the worst result since the survey began.

    Chief executive Paul Thompson said the message was that RNZ needed to slow down the pace of change.

    I never listen to state radio on principle, although I recently heard Morning Report “personality” Susie Ferguson interviewing someone on a soundbite posted an another blog somewhere. I thought she was appalling. She appeared to be pushing herself into a manner of broadcasting she was not comfortable with. The manner was offensive, her questions poorly researched and she demonstrated a slow wit. Her political perspective appeared to be entrenched left wing.

    I haven’t heard other broadcasters like Guyon Espiner or Wallace Chapman, but I know their political perspectives are also pretty much confined to the left wing of the political spectrum. I’m not surprised people are drifting away. It might as Mr. Thompson says, be the pace of change. I think its the personalities. Times are changing. People don’t want to listen to wall to wall commies anymore.

     
  • Redbaiter 08:10 on March 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: UK immigration   

    Polls show UK public very unhappy with immigration and politicians behind it 

    UK Prime minister David Cameron has been criticised for failing to hit his target of cutting net immigration to below 100,000, with the most recent figures putting the actual number at 298,000. Who really still believes anything this imposter says? Or anything any politician says? The chart below tells the story.

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    Opinions on levels of immigration show a similar mood.

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    The public don’t dislike all immigration.

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    Source: YouGov / Red Box from the Times. YouGov interviewed 1,581 British adults between February 24 and 25

     
  • Redbaiter 02:33 on March 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Lies,   

    Mainstream media will not report Hillary Clinton's lies 

    A week ago, Judicial Watch released a batch of critical State Department emails they obtained via a Freedom of Information Act. Those emails make it clear that top Clinton advisors not only knew the assault on Benghazi was an armed attack but knew terror group Ansar al-Sharia claimed credit for it less than two hours later.

    Judicial Watch announced today that on February 11, 2015, it uncovered documents from the U.S. Department of State revealing that top aides for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew from the outset that the Benghazi mission compound was under attack by armed assailants tied to a terrorist group. The documents make no reference to a spontaneous demonstration or Internet video, except in an official statement issued by Hillary Clinton.

    So Hillary Clinton told a bold-faced lie, and here we are with a week gone by since Judicial Watch’s announcement, and nothing in the mainstream media to be seen on this act of utter dishonesty.

    Already the same partisan and corrupt media is playing down or refusing to report on the illegality of Clinton’s use of a private email account for official business.

    Hillary has always been a liar. Jerry Zeifman was a lifelong Democrat, who supervised her work on the Watergate investigation committee in the 1970s. When the investigation was over, Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation. “She was a liar,” Zeifman said “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”

    The mainstream media is rotten to the core. They are not in the news business, they are a political force pretending to be the news business. They’re oiling the machinery to do their best to once again put a pathological liar and crook into the Whitehouse.

    Judicial Watch

     
    • mawm 09:12 on March 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Clinton cannot possibly be the only one doing so! A few years ago I read in some redneck, far right wing, racist blog/news site ( I can’t remember which) that the whole Obama White House was using private email accounts so as to hide their criminal activity. Finding the smoking gun of Obama ordering the military stand down or the communication between Jarrett and Lerner will be up to some hacker.

      The Clintons exist solely for themselves and how much money they can accumulate. Lying scumbags, all of them.

    • mawm 09:31 on March 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      In most cases, individuals who operate their own email servers are technical experts or users so concerned about issues of privacy and surveillance they take matters into their own hands.

      and…

      Operating her own server would have afforded Clinton additional legal opportunities to block government or private subpoenas in criminal, administrative, or civil cases because her lawyers could object in court before being forced to turn over any emails.

      http://www.businessinsider.com/using-a-private-email-account-allowed-hillary-clinton-to-limit-access-to-her-message-archives-2015-3?IR=T

      • Redbaiter 13:19 on March 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        A devious and cunning crook who is supported by mushbrains merely because she is a woman.

  • Redbaiter 02:01 on March 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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  • Redbaiter 15:10 on March 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aotearoa Human Rights Lawyers Association, TOW Tribunal   

    Human Rights Lawyers- Maori litigants at TOW hearings should be better funded 

    Waitangi_Tribunal_logo A far left group calling itself the The Aotearoa Human Rights Lawyers Association has criticised the process where funding for cases brought before the Waitangi Tribunal is provided by the Crown.

    These bubble living progressives must have missed the growing mood that the tribunal is a farce and needs to be shut down. They said there was an “inherent tension” because the Crown must contribute funds to Māori in order to prosecute claims against the Crown, when it should take a hands-off approach to paying for the Tribunal’s operations.

    So obviously they want an “independent body” to oversee dispensation of funds. In other words another racially and politically corrupt QANGO with its hand in the taxpayer’s pocket.

    The AHRLA made the points in response to the government’s draft report on New Zealand’s performance under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a United Nations agreement.

    Here is what really needs to happen. The TOW tribunal is increasingly seen as a rubber stamp for any kind of outrageous claims by so called “Maori” litigants and it should be shut down immediately. Any so called “Maori” group that considers it has a grievance against the Crown should issue civil proceedings in a court of law as every other litigant has to do. The party so inclined should raise its own money for the action, again, as every other litigant has to do.

    The Tribunal is a farce where there is no active case presented for the defence. The accepted limits on the burden of proof for litigants is absurdly low. The findings are frequently atrociously biased and unjust. It is an idea that was wrong from the start and has continued to be wrong over the years of its existence.

    Not least because naturally the Crown is want to to settle cases where they are not only the defendant but also paying for the plaintive’s court/ legal costs. Caught in a no win all pay situation dreamed up by political imbeciles. Even some half baked lawyer with a degree from Commie University 2010 should be able to see how farcical that situation is.

    The solution that will benefit ALL NZers is not to prop up this outrageous and divisive artifice with more public money but to end it completely.

     
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