John Key ought to advise the Auckland public to scatter their ashes wherever they like – within reason – and ignore the wallies at Auckland Council, in much the same fashion as David Cameron advised the poms to ignore their local councils who wished to impose rules over anyone who wanted to have a street party, when Wills & Kate got married.
I could see a surge in the polls right there. On current numbers National don’t need it but better to be safe than sorry!
Sometimes anticipation can be more enjoyable than the event.
But then it can be great too if the event can rise to justify such anticipation This Journalist has delivered before
This may be something to look forward to –
I think Kim Dotcom is politically stupid. I don’t think he knows who he is dealing with…and when he finds out and sees it all crash and burn then the left wing better watch out…because he will do them all over like he did to John Banks.
He will lie in unison and line people up to lie for him just like he did in the Banks case…and before people go all huffy thinking I am annoyed because of my John Banks, they should remember that I have quite a bit of information on what actually went down inside that mansion…and it will be coming out. A lot of egg is going to meet a lot of faces.
I am wondering if it is possible to lay a complaint that will start a police enquiry regarding the molestation of a (then) young boy by Labour MPs at a function in Parliament buildings? An ex security guard from Parliament evidently has pics; could these be secured, legally for evidence. This has been washed under the carpet by MSM, and if it were any other party there would have been mayhem. There are too many people with details to let this slip away.
Myself and Mana are coming after Jones and his unearned wealth. In the next government we’ll be arguing for a robust capital gains tax, an inheritance tax (even the US has one of these), financial transactions tax on share trading (Europe is taking this on board) and currency speculation. This will be on top of a much more progressive income tax system and closing the myriad of tax loopholes Jones and his corporate cronies drive truckloads of money through every day while Revenue Minister Murray McCully turns a blind eye.
We will be working hard ensuring Jones and his property investing mates who bid up the price of land, homes and commercial property to screw small businesses and young families end their parasitic behaviour.
They’ve lived high on the hog for too long and in Jones’s case it has created a palpable sense of entitlement to wealth created by others.
It won’t be long and we’ll be coming after you and your ill-gotten gains Bob. Keep an eye out.
Very ironic claiming ill-gotten gains when Minto seems happy to use millions of dollars from Dotcom for the election campaign.
His Herald piece was toned down and didn’t mention all that.
…. for his assessment that the German slob and his disco bought ex partner are more credible witnesses than John and Amanda Banks, both of whom had absolutely nothing to gain (politically or financially) in making a “false” Loc Bod electoral expense return.
Nationals policy is leaning towards the Houston model:
The Ashby high-rise case was a setback for the development industry, but not a fatal blow. The developers have already broken ground and will appeal the damages upheld by the judge. And the tower will be far more out-of-scale than most — 21 stories in a single-family neighborhood, nearly as wide as it is tall — and located in a very wealthy neighborhood. While some fear that the judgment will embolden other homeowners to sue for damages, it’s worth noting that every attempt up until now has failed, and the vast majority of other dense developments have gone up around the city without a fight. Even if the Ashby case sets a precedent, it would only affect the rare, very large project in very wealthy, pristine single-family neighborhoods, and it won’t impose much of a tax — at 1717 Bissonnet, the judgement only works out to a few thousand dollars per unit.
Labour leader David Cunliffe has taken his hardest line yet against immigrants, blaming them for rising house prices.
It follows a 3 News-Reid Research poll which shows almost two-thirds of voters say immigration should be restricted.
“It would take 80 percent of our housing supply just to accommodate this year’s migrants – and National is doing nothing,” says Mr Cunliffe.
The poll shows 62 percent of voters want tighter restrictions on immigration, while only 35 percent say leave it.
“I don’t think taking away the welcome mat is the right thing to do,” says Prime Minister John Key.
In the past year 71,210 immigrants arrived in New Zealand – the highest in 11 years.
“We reckon immigration should be at a steady moderate level – that’s where our housing, our schools and our hospitals can cope,” says Mr Cunliffe.
But it’s Auckland’s housing market where immigrants are really getting the blame.
“Barfoot & Thompson, top 25 agents – 24 are Asian, so who are they selling to?” says NZ First leader Winston Peters.
Unsurprisingly, 84 percent of NZ First voters want immigration restricted. Sixty-eight percent of Labour voters agree, along with 58 percent of Green Party voters.
Despite Mr Key being on the wrong side of public opinion, he won’t budge.
“New Zealand is a country that has been built on migration. We’ve done very well out of it and I think we should be very cautious about taking knee-jerk steps,” he says.
When is a secret donation not a secret donation?
When the recipient gives it back, for fear of utterly embarrassing the donor.
Why would that matter?
Obviously such identification could hinder further donations.
So the secret donation became a six month loan exceeding $20,000 by someone outside Parliament who would influence the position of a sitting member, David Cunliffe – should that still not be declared?
No, apparently, a secret loan is outside Standing Orders, and Hansard does not record this transaction as having taken place.
Hansard is in fact therefore not a true historic record of transaction relating to Parliament?
That appears to be the case.
Cunliffe’s secret loan makes history by not being recorded as history.
It’s a little bit like being discharged without conviction
(1) Free to air broadcasting limbos ever lower under a sinking bar of standards thanks to Mediaworks.
They are now watermarking station promos in the programme content. At that point I give up trying to enjoy what’s on the screen and Freeview turns into Freehear.
I wonder how long before they just start totally taking the piss and run adverts through the programme itself ?
(2) And the award for most obnoxious advertising tactics goes to Choice TV. Bookending entire hour long programmes with one advert – brilliant. And I love the way they cut to commercial seamlessly quicker than superman could turn the sound off.
(3) And I love the slimy talkback radio tactic of cutting quickly to a fasting talking super conservative plummy old wowser sounding clown selling cock pills.
(4) Definition of a classy talkback host: ‘When we come back we’ll be talking with xyz person’ or ‘we’ve got to take a short break now’. If you get a warning of adverts – you’re doing well.
I make no apology for quoting WOHB this morning.
He and Don Brash have issued a timely reminder to the MSM……
” Don Brash on John Banks
by Cameron Slater on June 7, 2014 at 9:30am
Don Brash posted this on Facebook about John Banks, and notes the hypocrisy of the left wing, especially the Labour party.
So the court has found John Banks guilty. Three observations.
First, I have known John Banks for 30 years and have not found him to be anything other than an honest man.
Second, it is a huge tragedy for a man who has overcome great personal difficulties; served with distinction as a Member of Parliament, as a Minister, and as the mayor of Auckland; and helped to raise three Russian orphans.
But third, when I contrast what John Banks was found by the court to have done with what Helen Clark’s Labour Party did in 2005 – without the slightest attempt by the Police to call her to account – the offence of which he has been found guilty is utterly trivial.
In 2005, the Labour Party spent Parliamentary funding to the extent of more than three-quarters of a million dollars on explicit electioneering, despite having been warned against doing so by both the Auditor General and the Chief Electoral Officer just weeks before the election. Yes, they eventually repaid that money, but only under strong protest. And of course by that the time the election was won.
And what they could not undo, and were never held to account for, was grossly overspending the legal limit on spending in that election.
The Police, in a disgracefully biased decision, decided not to prosecute, despite the Labour Party’s own auditors finding that the Party had unambiguously breached the legal spending limit if spending on their infamous “pledge card” was election spending.
And did anybody who saw that “pledge card” think it was NOT part of Labour’s election campaign?
Whatever John Banks did in trying to raise money to finance his mayoral campaign in 2010 did not affect the outcome of that election.
By contrast, Labour’s illegal behaviour almost certainly did affect the result of the 2005 election.
….. [WOHB continues]
Since the 2008 election there have been more than 50 referrals to Police by the Electoral Commission. Not a single one of those complaints has resulted in so much as an investigation nor as a result any prosecution.
Even the wanton vandalism by Green party members of National’s signs went unpunished despite Jolyon White admitting to the damage.
Perhaps unwittingly, with trevor Mallard the one laying the complaint against John Banks in the first place the left wing has now opened Pandora’s Box for private prosecutions over electoral matters.
I for one would certainly entertain looking at some of those cases…many of which involved the Labour party.
Woe betide Labour too if it is suddenly revealed that they never declared any donations to the party or candidates…their General Secretary could well find themselves in court on a private prosecution now.
Labour and Kim Dotcom have let the genie out of the bottle, it is now a valid political play to take private prosecutions…welcome to the jungle … “
President Obama was staying at a Marriott in Warsaw recently where someone secretly shot video of him working out in the hotel gym. There has been a surprising amount of criticism of this. The Secret Service is getting criticized and fitness experts have been criticizing Obama’s form. He’s even taking it on the chin from foreign leaders.
I’m puzzled how you can say Nationals policy is compared to Houston where a 21 story building is being put up when Aucklands Unitary Plan limits height in the suburbs to 3 or 4 stories. And then only in special areas, like near railway tracks.
I’ve been thinking … about “a recall process” … for use in cases such as Len Brown.
The UK are toying with an idea of a “recall” (the re-run of an election result) in circumstances where an elected official acts unlawfully/disgracefully to the point where 10% of electors can call for another election of the offender.
Of course, for out and out illegality (a conviction) operates now to throw out the criminal, but this recall device would have been very useful in confronting the gutless Auckland Councillors with a viable option for getting rid of the bastard.
I said National’s policy is leaning towards the Houston system.
The RMA reform is a key plank of the Government’s growth programme.
Environment Minister Amy Adams spearheaded the latest changes, which are the third phase of the overhaul of the 20-year-old legislation.
National wants to cut the cost of building and argues the present consenting processes take too long and are costly, slowing developments. Adams wanted to shake up part two of the RMA, which puts in place environmental safeguards.
minus (99 comments) says:
June 7th, 2014 at 8:19 am
Sometimes anticipation can be more enjoyable than the event.
But then it can be great too if the event can rise to justify such anticipation
This Journalist has delivered before
This may be something to look forward to –
… The left wing keeps talking about Whaleoil Bomb … it isn’t a bomb, it is squadron of B-52s and the carpet bombing will commence when I am good and ready. Unlike Kim Dotcom, I don’t bluff.
– Cameron Slater
Those who can do, those who can’t just talk about it. If he had something, he wouldn’t need to posture. I believe there’s an internet expression to cover this.
I see I’ve got a number of red ticks in respect of my earlier comment about what the US rabid right and their local fan club would do about the Ukraine..?
This is what they are most vague on and take the posture of arm chair critics.Until they can come up with some potentially workable solutions, desirably diplomatic, but militarily too..I f the later they need to come up with what precise forms this could take contrasted to the current administation .?
Manolo, there you are what would you do re Ukaraine that your persistent lie and delusion re” The Kenyan”.?
And it is a lie that term of yours,!
This article was written by Brandon Smith and originally published at Alt-Market.com
On the surface, the economic atmosphere of the U.S. has appeared rather calm and uneventful. Stocks are up, employment isn’t great but jobs aren’t collapsing into the void (at least not openly), and the U.S. dollar seems to be going strong. Peel away the thin veneer, however, and a different financial horror show is revealed.
U.S. stocks have enjoyed unprecedented crash protection due to a steady infusion of fiat money from the Federal Reserve known as quantitative easing. With the advent of the “taper”, QE is now swiftly coming to a close (as is evident in the overall reduction in treasury market purchases), and is slated to end by this fall, if not sooner.
Employment has been boosted only in statistical presentation, and not in reality. The Labor Department’s creative accounting of job numbers omits numerous factors, the most important being the issue of long term unemployed. Millions of people who have been jobless for so long they no longer qualify for benefits are being removed from the rolls. This quiet catastrophe has the side bonus of making it appear as though unemployment is going down.
U.S. Treasury bonds, and by extension the dollar, have also stayed afloat due to the river of stimulus being introduced by the Federal Reserve. That same river, through QE, is now drying up.
In my article The Final Swindle Of Private American Wealth Has Begun, I outline the data which leads me to believe that the Fed taper is a deliberate action in preparation for an impending market collapse. The effectiveness of QE stimulus has a shelf-life, and that shelf life has come to an end. With debt monetization no longer a useful tool in propping up the ailing U.S. economy, central bankers are publicly stepping back. Why? If a collapse occurs while stimulus is in full swing, the Fed immediately takes full blame for the calamity, while being forced to admit that central banking as a concept serves absolutely no meaningful purpose.
My research over many years has led me to conclude that a collapse of the American system is not only expected by international financiers, but is in fact being engineered by them. The Fed is an entity created by globalists for globalists. These people have no loyalties to any one country or culture. Their only loyalties are to themselves and their private organizations.
While many people assume that the stimulus measures of the Fed are driven by a desire to save our economy and currency, I see instead a concerted program of destabilization which is meant to bring about the eventual demise of our nation’s fiscal infrastructure. What some might call “kicking the can down the road,” I call deliberately stretching the country thin over time, so that any indirect crisis can be used as a trigger event to bring the ceiling crashing down.
In the past several months, the Fed taper of QE and subsequently U.S. bond buying has coincided with steep declines in purchases by China, a dump of one-fifth of holdings by Russia, and an overall decline in new purchases of U.S. dollars for FOREX reserves.
With the Ukraine crisis now escalating to fever pitch, BRIC nations are openly discussing the probability of “de-dollarization” in international summits, and the ultimate dumping of the dollar as the world reserve currency.
The U.S. is in desperate need of a benefactor to purchase its ever rising debt and keep the system running. Strangely, a buyer with apparently bottomless pockets has arrived to pick up the slack that the Fed and the BRICS are leaving behind. But, who is this buyer?
At first glance, it appears to be the tiny nation of Belgium.
While foreign investment in the U.S. has sharply declined since March, Belgium has quickly become the third largest buyer of Treasury bonds, just behind China and Japan, purchasing more than $200 billion in securities in the past five months, adding to a total stash of around $340 billion. This development is rather bewildering, primarily because Belgium’s GDP as of 2012 was a miniscule $483 billion, meaning, Belgium has spent nearly the entirety of its yearly GDP on our debt.
Clearly, this is impossible, and someone, somewhere, is using Belgium as a proxy in order to prop up the U.S. But who?
Recently, a company based in Belgium called Euroclear has come forward claiming to be the culprit behind the massive purchases of American debt. Euroclear, though, is not a direct buyer. Instead, the bank is a facilitator, using what it calls a “collateral highway” to allow central banks and international banks to move vast amounts of securities around the world faster than ever before.
Euroclear claims to be an administrator for more than $24 trillion in worldwide assets and transactions, but these transactions are not initiated by the company itself. Euroclear is a middleman used by our secret buyer to quickly move U.S. Treasuries into various accounts without ever being identified. So the question remains, who is the true buyer?
My investigation into Euroclear found some interesting facts. Euroclear has financial relationships with more than 90 percent of the world’s central banks and was once partly owned and run by 120 of the largest financial institutions back when it was called the “Euroclear System”. The organization was consolidated and operated by none other than JP Morgan Bank in 1972. In 2000, Euroclear was officially incorporated and became its own entity. However, one must remember, once a JP Morgan bank, always a JP Morgan bank.
Another interesting fact – Euroclear also has a strong relationship with the Russian government and is a primary broker for Russian debt to foreign investors. This once again proves my ongoing point that Russia is tied to the global banking cabal as much as the United States. The East vs. West paradigm is a sham of the highest order.
Euroclear’s ties to the banking elite are obvious; however, we are still no closer to discovering the specific groups or institution responsible for buying up U.S. debt. I think that the use of Euroclear and Belgium may be a key in understanding this mystery.
Belgium is the political center of the EU, with more politicians, diplomats and lobbyists than Washington D.C. It is also, despite its size and economic weakness, a member of an exclusive economic club called the “Group Of Ten” (G10).
The G10 nations have all agreed to participate in a “General Arrangement to Borrow” (GAB) launched in 1962 by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The GAB is designed as an ever cycling fund which members pay into. In times of emergency, members can ask the IMF’s permission for a release of funds. If the IMF agrees, it then injects capital through Treasury purchases and SDR allocations. Essentially, the IMF takes our money, then gives it back to us in times of desperation (with strings attached). A similar program called ‘New Arrangements To Borrow’ (NAB) involves 38 member countries. This fund was boosted to approximately 370 billion SDR (or $575 billion dollars U.S.) as the derivatives crisis struck markets in 2008-2009. Without a full and independent audit of the IMF, however, it is impossible to know the exact funds it has at its disposal, or how many SDR’s it has created.
It should be noted the Bank of International Settlements is also an overseer of the G10. If you want to learn more about the darker nature of globalist groups like the IMF and the BIS, read my articles, Russia Is Dominated By Global Banks, Too, and False East/West Paradigm Hides The Rise Of Global Currency.
The following article from Harpers titled “Ruling The World Of Money,” was published in 1983 and boasts about the secrecy and “ingenuity” of the Bank Of International Settlements, an unaccountable body of financiers that dominates the very course of economic life around the world.
It is my belief that Belgium, as a member of the G10 and the GAB/NAB agreements, is being used as a proxy by the BIS and the IMF to purchase U.S. debt, but at a high price. I believe that the banking elite are hiding behind their middleman, Euroclear, because they do not want their purchases of Treasuries revealed too soon. I believe that the IMF in particular is accumulating U.S. debt to be used later as leverage to absorb the dollar and finalize the rise of their SDR currency basket as the world reserve standard.
Imagine what would happen if all foreign creditors abandoned U.S. debt purchases because the dollar was no longer seen as viable as a world reserve currency. Imagine that the Fed’s efforts to stimulate through fiat printing became useless in propping up Treasuries, serving only to devalue the domestic buying power of our currency. Imagine that the IMF swoops in as the lender of last resort; the only entity willing to service our debt and keep the system running. Imagine what kind of concessions America would have to make to a global loan shark like the IMF.
Keep in mind, the plan to replace the dollar is not mere “theory”. In fact, IMF head Christine Lagarde has openly called for a “global financial system” to take over in the place of the current dollar based system.
The Bretton Woods System, established in 1944, was used by the United Nations and participating governments to form international rules of economic conduct, including fixed rates for currencies and establishing the dollar as the monetary backbone. The IMF was created during this shift towards globalization as the BIS slithered into the background after its business dealings with the Nazis were exposed. It was the G10, backed by the IMF, that then signed the Smithsonian Agreement in 1971 which ended the Bretton Woods system of fixed currencies, as well as any remnants of the gold standard. This led to the floated currency system we have today, as well as the slow poison of monetary inflation which has now destroyed more than 98 percent of the dollar’s purchasing power.
I believe the next and final step in the banker program is to reestablish a new Bretton Woods style system in the wake of an engineered catastrophe. That is to say, we are about to go full circle. Perhaps Ukraine will be the cover event, or tensions in the South China Sea. Just as Bretton Woods was unveiled during World War II, Bretton Woods redux may be unveiled during World War III. In either case, the false East/West paradigm is the most useful ploy the elites have to bring about a controlled decline of the dollar.
The new system will reintroduce the concept of fixed currencies, but this time, all currencies will be fixed or “pegged” to the value of the SDR global basket. The IMF holds a global SDR summit every five years, and the next meeting is set for the beginning of 2015.
If the Chinese yuan is brought into the SDR basket next year, if the BRICS enter into a conjured economic war with the West, and if the dollar is toppled as the world reserve, there will be nothing left in terms of fiscal structure in the way of a global currency system. If the public does not remove the globalist edifice by force, the IMF and the BIS will then achieve their dream – the complete dissolution of economic sovereignty, and the acceptance by the masses of global financial governance. The elites don’t want to hide behind the curtain anymore. They want recognition. They want to be worshiped. And, it all begins with the secret buyout of America, the implosion of our debt markets, and the annihilation of our way of life.
The Christchurch Press in reports earlier and now today in an editorial defends Christchurch’s Muslims as being non-extremist. This follows early reports (link below) of Al Qaeda-type Western converts killed in Yemen having been in Christchurch.
The MSM has done no thorough investigation itself. It has just accepted statements from the Muslim community and then lectured readers how moderate, sensible, and isolated from extremism Christchurch Muslims are.
If further evidence arises of Islamic Muslims having been in Christchurch, let’s hope the Press grows balls so the newspaper can eat its words.
Jack5- From reading The Standard and articles by Minto and co the general consensus amongst the left is that the New Zealander killed by drones was completely innocent and likely just a good ol’ kiwi backpacker…
Because backpackers always trudge into Al Qaeda strongholds in Yemen- I know I did on my ‘OE’…
Actually Stephieboy, it is generally accurate to label Obama “the Kenyan” based on the nationality of his father. Not really different than calling him black because he had an African father rather than white because he had a caucasian american mother.
It is however tasteless and needlessly rude, in the same way that “tea bagger” is a pointless obscene reference to activities that only liberals and lefties actually commonly indulge in. Obama was actually a British citizen at birth and entitled to Kenyan citizenship when Kenya became independent. He however did not take that up and (I think, as I haven’t studied Kenyan law on this) is not able to reclaim it. And yes, Manolo (not “the Manolo” of the shoes fame I trust) is one of that now tiny band clinging to the birther meme, such is life.
Ed Snack, continue with the 220 plus failed court petitions and actions well as the other deluded rants that so typify Birthers and their teabagger hangers on.
What other baggage do Birthers bring with them. I wonder .? , 9/11 ,Sandy Hook, Bostob Boming etc Truth etc.?
One thing is for certain the long form birth certificate conclusivle shows where Obama was born. but hey, whose ever convinced a die hard Apollo Moon Hiaxer or Flat Earther otherwise.?
The Leftist consensus, particularly when including Mad Minto, would of course be in favour of the Islamicists. Far-Leftist fuckwits hate the West more than do the radical Islamicists, who, when they take control, as the Taliban did, quickly bring far-leftists to heel.
What rubbish that the two Australians killed in Yemen, Christopher Havard and Daryl Jones, were backpack tourists.
The Muslim denials of the Christchurch link should not be taken at face value. Radical Islamicists in Londonistan and other parts of Europe have regularly denied they were pro-jihadist.
Even at a Christchurch level, media muzzling can occur. After South Island incidents where first a Somali woman knifed a pilot as she tried to hijack the plane, and second a crazed Somali ran amok in the streets, knifing people, there were attempts by this minority to have the news coverage downplayed. More recently the ethnic background of a weirdo who was harassing women joggers was suppressed.
The following links prima facie indicate the dead pair’s Christchurch link may have been radical Islamicist. Accepting and printing denials by local Islamic spokesmen isn’t nearly good enough. The allegations are serious and the public deserve skilled investigations, not just the serving up of denials.
This is from Fairfax (which owns the Christchurch Press):
Documents from the Australian department of foreign affairs said the men had links to the al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terror group, and Havard’s parents told Australia’s ABC news this week that their son first encountered r radical Islam when he moved to Christchurch.
This from an NZ TV report:
An Australian man who died in a drone attack in Yemen told his parents he first encountered radical Islam in a mosque in Christchurch.
Christopher Havard was killed in November last year when a car he was travelling in was shot by a missile fired from a US drone.
Also killed in the attack was dual Australian/New Zealand citizen Daryl Jones, another convert to Islam.
Mr Havard met Mr Jones in Christchurch, which was where he first became exposed to radical Islam, according to Mr Havard’s stepfather Neill Dowrick, who lives in Townsville.
“When he moved into the mosque he realised what they were trying to convert people to. That’s when he left and went to Dunedin – he didn’t agree with what they were teaching.”
This is interesting – plain packaging boosts cigarette sales in Australia.
LABOR’S nanny state push to kill off the country’s addiction to cigarettes with plain packaging has backfired, with new sales figures showing tobacco consumption growing during the first full year of the new laws.
Eighteen months after the previous government’s laws came into force, new data, obtained by The Australian, shows that tobacco sales volumes increased by 59 million “sticks”, or individual cigarettes or their roll-your-own equivalents last year.
What the fuck is with Obama?? In the past week he has appeared on live television with a terrorist sympathizer who was ranting and raving in Arabic and now he pretty much pisses on the graves at the D-Day commemoration…
As Johnny Ramone famously said at the Rock “N Roll Hall of Fame-
“God Bless President Bush!”
Palmer, who must have woken up Monday morning and decided to double his usual dose of dickhead pills, made a less-than-helpful contribution to the debate over Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Paid Parental Leave Scheme, when he said it had only been cooked up so Abbott’s chief of staff Peta Credlin could get a “massive benefit when she gets pregnant”.
This remark was offensive on so many levels that it deserves its own category of Ernie (the annual award given for most sexist comment).
It managed to play into two opposing female stereotypes: that of the Lady Macbeth-like schemer, the woman who stands evilly behind a man, manipulating him; and the stereotype of a woman so brain-fuddled by chick hormones that she is unable to separate decent public policy from her self-interested baby lust.
VODAFONE said government agencies in multiple countries have direct access to the global carrier’s infrastructure, allowing them to listen to conversations on its networks, sometimes requiring little or nothing in the way of formal requests.
The disclosure came in a report that provides one of the most comprehensive surveys so far of broad government access to voice calls and other data moving across global telecommunications networks. The report offers new details on hundreds of thousands of requests for wiretaps and user data across Vodafone’s global footprint, and lays out in general terms the procedures governments use to request information, often with little disclosure.
Vodafone’s overview — covering 29 countries — is the latest in a wave of disclosures that paint a more complete picture of how phone companies cooperate with intelligence services around the world. Several companies, including AT&T and Verizon Communications in the US, have in recent months joined US tech companies in disclosing information about intelligence requests, in an effort to limit the fallout of leaks by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
More on internet safety and privacy.
I haven’t tried it yet, but Microsoft has a free download called the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), which was the only thing hackers couldn’t hack during a competition at a recent conference.
Only one cash prize went unclaimed at Pwn2Own 2014. All major browsers were hacked, but hackers were unable to claim the $150,000 grand prize for hacking IE 11 secured with EMET. Secure your own PC with EMET today.
Microsoft is targeting EMET more at system administrators, but any Windows user can use EMET to quickly enable some additional security features without any special knowledge.
How Does EMET Work?
When Microsoft started getting serious about security with Windows XP SP2, they began adding security features applications could take advantage of. For example, Data Execution Prevention (DEP) allows the operating system to mark certain sections of memory as non-executable data. If an attacker takes advantage of a buffer overflow vulnerability in an application and attempts to run code from a sector marked as data, the operating system won’t run it.
Address space layout randomization (ASLR) randomizes the locations of applications and system libraries in memory — an attacker can’t create reliable exploits that depend on knowing exactly where certain code is in memory. These are just a few of the features modern versions of Windows allow programs to use. They help protect a system from being exploited, even if attackers find a security hole in an application.
As I said, I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks fairly simple to use, from the instructions.
I’m not watching Bruv- But I’d imagine the World’s most arrogant sports team (“We are the Greatest Sports Team in the History of the Universe”) have just done their extended version tongue-poking, googly eyed, throat slitting haka? The English must be terrified! (or bored out of their brains..)
I must admit that at the time of the rain dance I went and made a cup of tea, I simply cannot watch it.
But anyway, the NZ team is not being allowed to play at all (arrogant NZ fans will say the NZ team is playing badly) the “captain” of the NZ team is nowhere to be seen (apart from being off side and cheating) and it looks like the Poms might get a well deserved win.
It was as you predicted. The game got a bit close for the ref, the NZ team looked like losing so the ref yellow carded one of the Poms for an innocuous offence (one that the NZ team had committed three times in the game already) even then the ref had to help the NZ team win by awarding dubious penalties and overlooking the blatant cheating of the NZ captain.
Longknives after playing the great game for 25 years I can assure you nothing is certain until the 80 minutes is up. Any opposition can never be underestimated no matter if they A, B, or X team. Got my drift. Good. Get treatment bigot blouse. Kiwi fans are happy to cheer our All Blacks. A good hard test match is a delight to watch.
Exactly one week ago you had this to say to Big Bruv:
dad4justice (7,473 comments) says:
May 31st, 2014 at 5:58 pm
” One is when referring to Winston Peters and the other is when referring to you.”
Your pathological obsession with me is sickening. I would expect you to call me a c##t face to face? Yeah right kiwiblogs biggest coward is no class act just another keyboard wimp. Like me I expect Winston would sit you on your arse if you called him a c##t to his face. That’s not your style eh girlyboy.
You are a disgrace to kiwiblog but then again your identity fits in well with many of the misfits that lurk here.
My question, D4J, is whether you have a pathological obsession with Big Bruv? He hasn’t engaged with you on this thread so far, but seeing as you’re showing such an interest in him, I suspect that’s about to change…
Like you I also played the game for well over 20 years. What happens now (after a loss or a bad game) always used to piss me off. It is expected of you as a player to be in a bad mood for the rest of the evening, you are expected to grunt when asked how the game went (I expect D4J had no problem with this side of things) and were expected to suffer the bad performance.
Me, I could not be arsed with all that crap, it was a game, nothing more or less and irrespective of the level I played at (be it representative or club) I always took the stance that once the game was over that was it, you may as well enjoy the rest of the night. A loss or bad game was never going to decide the remainder of the evening for me.
Of course there were plenty in the local union or my club who did not like this at all, a rugby player who did not follow the rules was something to be worried about. The result of all this is that why I remain a huge fan of the game of rugby I am not a huge fan of most of the people involved and I am certainly not a fan of the NZ team or most of its supporters.
What a steaming pile of shit! All week I have been reading/listening to arrogant and obnoxious All Black supporters/media/ex players doing nothing but absolutely rubbishing this young English team. On Radio Sport today the consensus was that they were “hopeless”, “awful” and would be lucky to get within 50 points of these allegedly ‘invincible’ All Blacks..
I always remember Ali Williams sneering at and mocking the French team at a press conference just prior to that rather dubious World Cup final ‘victory’ in ’11..the All Blacks were sickeningly arrogant throughout that tournament and nothing has changed..
Sounds like a terrified ref bailed the arrogant wankers out yet again tonight- who could have predicted that against such “hopeless” opposition?? (*See 8:25pm!)
Nostradamus if you think playing the kiwiblog resident psychotic then by all means carry on with the insanity. I object to the All Black captain ( and personal friend ) continually labelled a cheat by some severely deranged creep who hides behind anonymity. I think that is a normal reaction, but what would you know. As I said get a life mate!
Hey Johnboy I don’t care what is said about me on here. We all have a good laugh at your comments. I must admit I doubt whether my haters would say what they say to my face, hence my dislike of cowards, who think a thumbs down is a big deal. Haha have a good one dude. Don’t worry about Minus, just feel sorry for the distorted weak cowards that do it. What shallow lives they must have. Many of them should be in secure mental health wards.
Johnboy – every Minus I get I praise the Lord that I have pissed off some satanic creep. I would give myself the thumbs down if I could unlike the Minus club who all have their grotty thumbs firmly up their smelly dag infested arses. Even I have too laugh at them lol. Look at some on here they even got extra thumbs eh blouse haha.Some need more than others as the suck them. Yuck.
I do not resile from comments made around ANZAC day about veterans marching and standing in the rain for services. I understand the spirit, intent and honour of participation. Any way I thought this a lovely example of that self same spirit.
ABs suck. Thank god I watched a film. Pathetic bunch and what I heard the crowd were up to their welcome booing when the other team were about to kick. Class act. I presume they did their silly dance at the beginning. That sends my cringe factor off the scale.