Posts by chris

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    If he’s a business man, how is that good business?

    Midway through this year, the first day we took a stall at the local market, I was astonished to see:

    "Whale Oil Beef Hooked"

    written on the chalk board just inside the font door. At that point I’d not been back long and I had given up politics, the MSM etc for a few months and it flustered me to the extent that it prompted me to start posting here again – for whatever good that does. All I can offer to that is that this is Lusk country and business is okay and seems especially so for the market organiser. Different streams – the effectiveness of education being best measured by the weakest link.

    The dirty politics campaign will continue unchecked indefinitely unless the left drops a couple of scruples here and there and get our hands dirty instead of playing for the intervention of some omniscient referee's whistle. Whistle ain't coming.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The GCSB and the consequences…,

    Further allegations of scaremongering and profiling:

    Includes link to the blog:

    Kitteridge also said that they have been previously unaware of women travelling to Iraq and Syria and that this is something they have seen in the last year. Perhaps it was just not something they have been interested in monitoring in the past? It’s very odd to think that this is an entirely new phenomena that New Zealand citizens are travelling to Iraq and Syria. I personally know many in the Iraqi community that have been visiting Iraq for the last few years. Many women included.

    ETA: Russell I apologise if it appears I’m attempting to derail your thread, this is certainly not the case, earlier in the year I took Ian’s link to The Independent Review of Intelligence and Security (which I submitted to) as an opportunity to expand the discussion for lack of another conspicuous thread. From listening to the annual review it would appear that the collaboration and overlap between these agencies is worthy of note, the primary distinguishing features between the GCSB and SIS being the focus on Communication and Intelligence respectively.

    Furthermore I do feel it ties in with:

    “It creates fear. We live in small communities,”

    And regardless of the extent of the surveillance, these issues collectively are an affront to our freedoms. Anyway I’ll give it a rest now. Merry Christmas.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Guts and Gutless

    In their way loosely related to my pick for quote of the year:

    taking care of yourself, physically and emotionally, is seen as girly. Unmasculine. It’s the patriarchy, dude. Men would live longer if they softened the fuck up.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The GCSB and the consequences…, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    I would also expect 40 to be a round number. In regard to complaints the number doesn’t seem to change, well, I wouldn’t expect it to change much. Why should it?

    Link to recording above

    (21:49-22:44) “In terms of the people on what is called the watch list, it’s still between 30 and 40. Um, but what I would say is that I think they’re kind of, um, the, the seriousness with which we regard them has increased, they’re kind of, they’re just a worse type of people really, or more serious in their, ah, intention […] some of them are the same, but some of them are the same and some, have changed. The watch list it’s reviewed all the time between, and it’s it’s um, a process that we work through with police on a regular basis.

    Um, so, when it changes, it changes, from, from month to month, but overall, I would say that the, there is a, a deterioration I would say in, the, the, the threat level – not the threat level itself which remains at low but just my sense of how things are."

    Leaving the question as to what the total watch list figure over the period since it was established is and what criteria these people are meeting to be taken off the watch list.

    (28:52-29:28) “I suppose um, one thing I would say is that there is something about getting a critical mass, of, um, of, ah, you know, people urging one another on, so that’s certainly a factor. Um, and that of course happens through online, online engagement, it’s not just about people physically getting to one, to know one another, there’s a lot about online connections, um, and these, these incidents overseas, um that occur, that are so horrifying, if you’re, you know, you or me, um, are, they, they act as a kind of um, exciting factor for these kinds of people.”

    (32:21-33:15) “In fact, You can have people who are thinking or discussing, ah what they would like to do in terms of an attack for example, that’s not against the law. Um, you can have people who possess, knives or cars which can be used, as you know, these capabilites can be used for anything like that, that’s not against the law. There is often the ju-, you know there just not enough, for police to arrest, and so we’ll work really closely with police in these sorts of circumstances and I can tell you, if there is, I’m absolutely, if there is enough to warrant an arrest, ah, nobody would be more pleased than me, because it’s very very resource intensive. But um, often just the discussion of what people would like to do, looking at extremist, ah material, those kinds of things is, um, it, it can be very difficult for police to ah, to actually identify a criminal action that they can, ah, that they could prosecute."

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The GCSB and the consequences…, in reply to Sacha,

    isn’t she the head of the inward-focussed SIS rather than the outward-focused GCSB? SIS Director Rebecca Kitteridge

    (7:38-8:48) “Another area of challenge concerns ongoing instability in our region. NZSIS conducts foreign intelligence activities to ensure ministers and Government agencies are informed about international issues of importance to New Zealand. The insights we gain help to keep our regions safe and secure.

    We also provide intelligence reports to major events overseas, specifically in this reporting period, the 2015 ANZAC commemorations in Gallipoli. Our contribution ensured timely and accurate intelligence was provided to senior New Zealand Government officials, ensuring the safety of those present. […]

    I would like to note the importance for the service of working collaboratively with both our New Zealand partner agencies and our international partners in this ever-changing operating environment. Our international relationships help us to understand the issues that our partners are facing such as going dark so that we can be better prepared when we encounter these issues in New Zealand.”

    (19:18-19:54) “There’s no doubt that because of the increase in the staff and the fact that she’s (IGIS) full time, and her deputy, you know, they’re, all of the staff there are full time, there is much much more rigor going into that, into that oversight function. Um, and from my point of view – while it’s time consuming – it’s very very helpful. I personally am, ah, the the the focus that she brings, um, uh, means that everybody is always, you cannot help but be thinking all the time, this you know somebody may come and have a look at this. Have I crossed the t’s have I dotted the i’s, have I done everything that I should, and I think that is totally supportive of the compliance culture that we want to see in the community."

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…, in reply to Bart Janssen,


    I was tending towards Linger’s Flagging, but I think I prefer the message this sends.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    and to flog a dead horse beyond recognition:


    As in:

    David Seymour : Will the pandas have Chinese-sounding names?

    Mr SPEAKER : In so far as there may be some prime ministerial responsibility.

    Rt Hon JOHN KEY : Yes, they will be called “Bing Bing”, “Xing Xing”, “Zhing Zhing”

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Berm gardener

    Yeah, I know, two words, but I enjoy saying it and the image it conjures up, it was either that or Berm gardener license

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The GCSB and the consequences…,

    "I’ve had the SIS come to my home on two occasions. They were trying to help us and to sift out suspected terrorists within the Hawke’s Bay Maori muslim community. They didn’t find any. We said ‘look we’ve got some that have some really extreme views’. We work alongside the police. If I did know of anyone I’d be sure to say ‘hey keep an eye on this person because he’s a risk’,” she said.

    “…suspended the provisions that protected basic individual rights, including freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly. The decree also permitted increased state and police intervention into private life, allowing officials to censor mail, listen in on phone conversations, and search private homes without a warrant or need to show reasonable cause. detain people without cause and without limits on the length of incarceration.


    Essential was the tendancy of citizens (whether out of conviction, greed, envy, vengeance or fear) to denounce their fellow citizens, to the police.”

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: A Place to Stand, in reply to JacksonP,

    Thanks a lot Jackson, a bit rushed but I found I was unable to take a photograph that expressed my love for the place.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

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