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zenosanalytic:

sandandglass:

If you don’t know what’s happening in New Zealand right now, here’s a quick summary:

Investigative journalist Nicky Hager released a book called Dirty Politics. It’s based on a large number of emails and Facebook messages stolen by a hacker from a right-wing blogger called Whale Oil. The hacker passed on the hacked files to Hager anonymously. The book gives details about the links between the National Party (the main party in government) and right-wing bloggers who have run smear campaigns, attacks and spread slander online about opposition politicians and parties. In one case, classified security documents were declassified and given to bloggers to use in attacks against opposition politicians. In another, a Minister gave personal details about a government employee to the blog Whale Oil for an attack which resulted in that government employee getting death threats. The Prime Minister’s staff also stole information from an opposition party’s computer and gave the information to bloggers to use in attacks on the main opposition party. Basically all this shit has been revealed about how the government has been acting dirty to kill off its opposition and secure another election win. But now the book has been released, journalists are just following around the Prime Minister asking him questions about the book to the point where he is visibly angry, walking out of interviews and basically falling apart. What’s more, the actual stolen emails are being released slowly, day-by-day by an anonymous person on Twitter. So every day there is new stuff coming out and it’s a big shitstorm and it’s great.

Additional info: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

It gets seedier. Check this article out by Richard Smith at Naked Capitalism(if you have the time; it’s long and involved). Tl;dr: NZ has a history of being, shall we say, “friendly” with fraudsters and questionable banking of dubious authenticity. The upshot of this is that many of the people implicated in this mess -like the folks running Whale Oil and other blogger/reporters on the gov’s good side- are variously also implicated in the running of shell corporations that may or may not be laundering money for Chinese corps and the Russian government/mob. Cactus Kate(Michelle Ogders; a blogger, and until recently a reporter for the NZ Herald) is even seen in one of these email exchanges writing how big a shame it is their Russia clients aren’t affected by these reveals, after leaking personal info to their Chinese clients resulted in no response on their end. The implication being, in light of incidents like the “accidental” death of Sergei Magnitsky while in federal Russian custody, that she wishes the Russians were affected so they’d find a way to knock off Nicky Hager (:/

stalydan:

I dunno how I feel about the new 3DS. On the one hand, it’s pretty cool there’s a new version that’s more powerful so that slow as hell eShop works faster now and the new buttons will allow for some more functionality.

On the other hand, the new line of exclusive content worries me because I feel like there’s going to be a larger move towards that in the next couple of years that will start to exclude people who’ve already bought a 3DS in the last couple of years and now need to a new model to play more recent games even though the system itself is barely different.

Ey so I haven’t had my 3Ds for even a year yet and they’re already trying to bump it off with a ‘new’ 3Ds design and they’ve already said that you will need this new 3Ds to play Xenoblade Chronicals when it comes to the 3Ds

thepictogirl:

*hugs BETA like ‘my prescious I’m not gonna replace you for some shiny new thing with extra buttons and faster CPU you’re mine’*

No but seriously I will not be happy if they make all future game New 3Ds only.

bowserfucker:

oknope:

imagine reading a book of all the lies you’ve told 

IDK what kind of lives you all are leading, but this sounds like the boringest shit. “Yes I sent that email.” “Yeah, I like your outfit.” “I was sick.” “My mom said no” “No I wasn’t crying.” “Yes I read the Terms of Service”

it probably wouldn’t contain lies that the speaker didn’t know were false though

think of the implications

(via janethcrocker)