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Music Legend Meat Loaf Has Died Aged 74

Legendary singer Meat Loaf has passed away at the age of 74.

A statement that was posted today (January 21) on his official Facebook page reads: “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side. Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours.”

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

It went on to add: “His amazing career spanned 6 decades that saw him sell over 100 million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including Fight ClubFocusRocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne’s World.

“Bat Out of Hell remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time.

“We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man. We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time.

“From his heart to your souls… don’t ever stop rocking!”

Tributes have poured in from fans who are all starting to mourn his passing with one writing: “Another great addition to Rock’n’Roll heaven. A true legend of music. RIP Meatloaf you have earned it.”

Another added: “OMG. Feeling devastated. In tears right now. RIP to an amazing rock legend whose music helped me through a lot of difficult and tough times in my life. Will always be my favourite artist of all time.”

And a third commented: “Prayers for comfort and healing. May he rest in peace. Thank you for all the years of entertainment. The world was lucky to have you.”

Paying their respects, another said: “Thank you Meat, your music has been with me through good times and bad, again thank you. You will live on through your music forever. Rest In Peace, but keep rocking!”

Someone else wrote: “So incredibly sorry for your loss – Meat was an inspirational artist and his music is legendary – he will be forever in our hearts and his music will never be forgotten.”

The singer, whose real name was Michael Lee Aday, has sold millions of albums worldwide, with the ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ trilogy among his most popular musical offerings.

In 2016 he was honoured with the Hero Award at the annual Q Awards music ceremony, which he dedicated to everyday heroes and called on people to ‘bring love back into this world’.

I Would Have Thought Corrupt Was a Better Word

This is just so quintessentially Kiwi: a bit of casual corruption for mates. It’s all bit of a nudge, nudge, wink, wink, do you know who my missus is?

The Prime Minister’s fiancé Clarke Gayford has today apologised for “any confusion” he caused after speaking to a pharmacist about rapid antigen testing on behalf of a musician mate.

The pharmacist alleges Gayford gave inaccurate advice about testing guidance on behalf of his friend who was trying to get a rapid antigen test after being identified as a potential close contact.

The incident occurred as the first community Omicron case was detected in the community, UK-based DJ Dimension.

National’s Covid-19 spokesman Chris Bishop labelled the incident “deeply inappropriate” and claims the Prime Minister’s fiancé was effectively trying to subvert ministry of health rules for his mates.

The Prime Minister’s office has been contacted for comment.

NZ Herald

Sorry for “any confusion”? Sorry for getting busted more like.

After being approached for comment, Gayford issued a statement through his manager saying “Mr Gayford was rung by a friend about Rapid Antigen Testing and was put on speakerphone while the person was in a pharmacy.

“He apologises for any issues or confusion this may have caused the pharmacy staff.”

He did not respond when asked directly whether it was appropriate to be giving pharmacists health advice which later turned out to be incorrect.

Was this part of Clarke Gayford’s claim to be “keeping receipts”, code for doing people favours?

I wonder if the same people hounding Harete Hipango for daring to engage with freedom-loving constituents will be calling for action against Gayford or his missing-in-action missus?

The only person who was confused in all this was Clarke Gayford. No doubt we will get some meaningless waffle out of his manky missus.

In other more enlightened countries, this would be called out for what it is: graft, venal corruption, or a myriad of other words.

Here in sleepy old New Zealand, it’s treated as just a case of shabby name dropping to get your way around rules.

How Siouxsie Wiles Misled Dr. Ashley Bloomfield Misleading Text Messages from Siouxsie Wiles Revealed

When we broke the story of Siouxsie Wiles breaking level four stay at home rules and presented a video of her beach and swimming escapade, the media finally had to do their jobs. At a daily press conference held on 10 September, Dr Ashley Bloomfield made a statement that he’d been in text contact with Siouxsie Wiles and accepted her explanation of the events, along with making a statement that Dr Nicola Gaston wasn’t really swimming and that it couldn’t really be described as swimming.

He made those statements even though he admitted that he hadn’t yet seen the video.

I have written twice to Dr Bloomfield asking him to look at the video and asking him if he still stands by his claims that Dr Nicola Gaston wasn’t swimming. I am yet to receive even the courtesy of an acknowledgement of my communications.

Dr Gaston “having a paddle” while Siouxsie Wiles looks on

I did however receive a response to my Official Information Act request that sought the text messages that Dr Bloomfield mentioned at the press conference.

Extract from OIA Request

The texts between Siouxsie Wiles and Ashley Bloomfield are now revealed because of an OIA from us. Only one other media outlet bothered to make a similar OIA request and that was by Thomas Coughlan at the NZ Herald. He ran an article about them on Friday night, buried under the weight of news attached to the move of Northland back into Level Three. This is what dishonest Government departments do when they expect push back from what is revealed in the release. They wait until the evening before a weekend, and if it happily coincides with bigger news they release it so it gets buried.

Well, The BFD does not play those games.

Newshub, the news channel that reliably attacks the messenger of any bearer of bad news for the Government or shills the Government’s side of any story also ran a story, not about the demonstrable lies contained in the text messages, but about how the Ministry of Health and Ashley Bloomfield, in particular, had cast shade at me and our website. Such is the increasingly puerile and toxic nature of that sham news organisation.

Newshub Headlines

The news outlet that has studiously ignored the story from when they were first approached, 1News have still not run anything about it. Their lack of integrity shows and their supplication to the Government is obvious.

But, the texts show very clearly that Siouxsie Wiles lied to Dr Bloomfield in order to get his protection. We have identified six less than honest claims in the text messages.

  1. That Nicola Gaston was alone and part of Siouxsie Wiles’s bubble when she actually lived with her own household several suburbs distant from Wiles’s own suburb of Freemans Bay.
  2. That Gaston went for a paddle – in no way can what was clearly swimming be described as “a paddle.”
  3. That the Paddle lasted 2min – This is just lying to minimize the flagrant violation.
  4. That Judges Bay is “super shallow”, despite there being two diving platforms behind Dr. Gaston who was up to her neck in the water.
  5. More than 5km away from her home, across several suburbs, this is another violation.
  6. No masks, no social distancing.

What is also interesting is the date and time of her text messages to Dr Bloomfield. I emailed Siouxsie Wiles on Wednesday 8 September at 3:42 pm. She replied to me the same day at 5:02 pm. The text message she sent to Dr Bloomfield was sent just six minutes later at 5.08 pm. The BFD published our story on Thursday 9 September at 7:30 am. Dr Bloomfield was not asked about this story until the 1:00 pm press conference on the 10th of September. Siouxsie Wiles then posted this piece of disinformation at 3:53 pm on 10 September:

Siouxsie Wiles has told yet another lie as she scrambles to retrieve her shattered reputation. She has claimed to have been surprised, but we now know that she was texting Dr Ashley Bloomfield two days before this story “surprised” her by becoming front-page news on every news outlet across the nation. She can hardly have been surprised because she was whining about the potential exposure of her hypocrisy and lying to Dr Bloomfield about salient details, either by omission or by minimisation or just flat out making up details.

She wasn’t surprised at all. She was seeking cover from Bloomfield, and got it!

When Ashley Bloomfield told everyone at the press conference, beamed live on every major news website that even though he hadn’t seen the video, it was his belief that no rules were broken, the evidence he had to make that statement was a short set of text messages from a dishonest Siouxsie Wiles.

So, far from being a story of how Dr Bloomfield sledged me and The BFD by stating that we didn’t “have much cred” these days, it should have been about how a senior public servant, and one of the faces of the Covid campaign, conspired together in a concerted effort to protect, defuse and deflect from the lies and actions of Siouxsie Wiles.

Bloomfield signals this in his reply to Wiles’ lies, “Keep up the great work and plenty of good people who will stand by you” [sic].

Despite their flagrant violation of level four rules, neither Siouxsie Wiles nor Dr Nicola Gaston was charged. In direct contrast, Brian Tamaki has been charged with a dubious charge while cooperating with police for a level three protest. It seems that Siouxsie Wiles has powerful friends, and Brian Tamaki does not.

What is worse is that the cover-up extended deeply into the Police ranks as well. This is an extract from the weekly Police Intelligence report which specifically names the author and The BFD:

Police intelligence briefing

When you also note how the Ministry of Health tried to clarify the imprudent and pejorative statement by Bloomfield about me and ends up maligning The BFD:

Extract from Ministry of Health OIA response

You can see how these arms of the state work to malign, defame and disparage those who speak truth to their power. Both the Ministry of Health and the NZ Police have sought to cover up the rule-breaking of Dr Gaston and Siouxsie Wiles.

That is the story, not how cool it is that the Ministry of Health and Dr Bloomfield sledged me.

In any case, that reassurance didn’t really help Siouxsie Wiles, firstly because The BFD has a considerably larger reach than Whaleoil ever did and secondly despite his claims to the contrary, the reach of The BFD and indeed the author is considerably larger than he thought since the story was splashed across every major news outlet in the country, including television, radio and print.

In fact, The BFD is one of the least biased and most trusted news outlets in the country.

The TRUTH is;

Trustworthy words and actions

Respect for doing the right thing.

Uncovering the full picture.

Telling it as it is.

Having all the facts.

The Ministry of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield and Siouxsie Wiles are the exact opposite of that, they are dishonest, disingenuous and it is them who are spreading disinformation. From the get-go, Siouxsie Wiles set out to deceive. She was enabled by Dr Bloomfield who in covering for Wiles also set out to deceive, and the NZ Police followed suit.

Their actions remind me of Matilda from Cautionary Tales for Children by Hilaire Belloc, which begins:

Matilda told such Dreadful Lies,
It made one Gasp and Stretch one's Eyes

In stark contrast, every single detail in our stories was true or clarified. We had the facts, we had the proof, we had the story. While the key players in this story set out to deceive the true tragedy of this whole story has been the willingness of the tamed and bought for propaganda wings of this Government, the Media Party, to ignore the truth, facts and evidence, and instead run a shabby ad hominem attack against a journalist and a news organisation that has embarrassed them time and time again, and will continue to show them up for the indolent dolts they’ve become.

Ministry of Health OIA Response – TXt messages by Cam Slater on Scribd

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Kiwi Life

A crisis by design

It is increasingly sad, so many New Zealanders saying they would leave – if they could – because this is not the country they loved and grew up in. To people from all walks of life the damage being done is fundamentally shocking, and even Commonwealth immigrants, who came to what was thought of as a happy, well-integrated country, are intent on leaving.

So what is happening? Basically, presiding over an increasingly aggressive Maori supremacy move (far from supported by most part-Maori) is a small group of extremists with strong academic backing, apparently obsessed by feeling special – because of part of their racial inheritance. However, people as a whole have a healthy disregard for what is viewed as the form of snobbery exhibited by individuals regarding themselves as superior because of part of their ancestry – when in reality every individual is unique, and therefore special – no matter from what ethnic background.

The move to divide this country along racist lines is actively promoted by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who shows no inclination to consult the country in her attack on our democratic traditions.  However, as Hugh Perrett from our Hall of Fame states in a letter to her, ‘Many, many of us are heartily sick and extremely annoyed at your government’s ongoing campaign to bring about a change in our country’s name from New Zealand to Aotearoa’. He points out that government departments and major media have obviously been instructed to continually push this move ‘although we… have spent billions of dollars over many years promoting our name, New Zealand, and giving it identity and meaning internationally’.

Unconscionably, children are also being used. As Perrett points out, TV’s Seven Sharp had children of about 7 to 8 years old asked leading questions about what they thought of the name Aotearoa. Almost all the children were of Maori descent and ‘clearly there had been a significant amount of brainwashing/preconditioning involved… to ensure the required/desired answer was given… shabby stuff indeed’.

Perrett accused Ardern’s government of being hijacked by Maori activists within her caucus, her coalition partners and various associates. However, New Zealanders are increasingly thinking the boot is on the other foot – that the hard-left Ardern is actively using this movement to destabilise the country. The deliberate promotion of divisiveness and separatism is straight out of the communist manifesto and he is quite right in stating her government’s whole agenda in this area is totally without  mandate, ‘insidious, divisive, manipulative and dishonest …increasingly divisive of our society, even deliberately so’. Pointing out that it is our country – as well as the Prime Minister’s  – and that our democracy is being more and more threatened by her government’s agendas – he asks her ‘to back off before irreparable damage is done to our society, country, and way of life’.

Very few believe Ardern will listen, or take any notice at all of the distress felt nationwide at the fragmenting of the country, not only backing, but actively promoting policies where wealthy iwi –today’s corporatised, neo-tribal groups –have more funding and control over our communities and institutions – now, even with power of veto over the majority of New Zealanders to control our health system. The insidious plan for the regulation, ownership, and governance over the Three Waters – our drinking, storm water and waste water – is for these to be removed from local body ownership to inappropriate iwi co-governance. Apparently she has no intention of listening to nationwide protests, although by far the majority of councils and ratepayers oppose this racist and fraught move.

The groundwork for this attack on our once-democracy has been laid over many years, with carefully chosen young Maoris taken abroad in the Eighties to be indoctrinated in communist takeover tactics. Donna Awatere Huata, for example, who with fellow Maori activist Ripeka Evans went to communist Cuba, and who published Maori Sovereignty, came back to sow the policies of disaffection among the gullible young. Fanning a grievance industry is not difficult when people are told they have been cheated by the descendants of conveniently claimed ‘colonial oppressors’. The activism of these determined women and others, groomed in Marxist ideology, very much underpinned the ongoing culture of disaffection. The curious contradiction of claims of both racial superiority, because of some part-Maori ancestry, and of victimology can seemingly only be compensated by perpetual taxpayer funding. Both Huata and Evans have achieved lucrative and powerful  positions, as with so many of today’s activists,  although Huata spent time in prison after being  convicted of fraud, having taken $80,000 from her government-funded charity to pay for a  stomach-stapling operation and for school fees for her children.

We too often forget that those who don’t remember the past have no real understanding of the way history repeats itself. It is ironic that the country which protested so vigorously about the apartheid system in South Africa is now embarked on a deeply divisive apartheid system of its own.

Parents from all ethnic backgrounds are  deeply concerned by what the future holds for their children – including those who might have been expected to go on to university – with these institutions now in the tentacles of far-left academics  and weak management.

Even worse is the corruption of wealthy tribal influence pressuring universities with demands for graduate compliance with manipulative, ‘biculturally sensitive’ agenda, even determining – as with Ngai Tahu tribal elders, with no appropriate qualifications – which postgraduate applications for research funding in various disciplines should be accepted, or denied. In in one case which has come to light, an offer was made to pay half the salary of a possible professorial appointee, provided that the part-Maori woman applicant, who had not even gained her Ph.D., was chosen.

The reality is that money talks. What has been called the gravy train of continual pay-outs of accumulatively billions of dollars to ‘compensate’ part-Maori claimants – long past the time when all claims were to be settled – is now speeding up with no sign of stopping, and fuelled by Ardern’s activist, subversive government.

Jacinda Ardern – an agenda-driven autocrat?

It’s hard to keep up with our adroit Prime Minister who apparently doesn’t like answering questions, such as the one about where does life begin, put to her when she was enthusiastic about making abortion more readily available. We are still waiting. 

And now, a not unexpected sequel to the extraordinary tractor protest, organised by Groundswell New Zealand, which saw thousands of farm vehicles travelling the length and breadth of the country. Through 55 towns and cities, farmers protested at ongoing interference from our hard-left government, including unworkable regulations and unjustified costs.  

These protests took place in July from the bottom of the South Island to the top of the North, crossing through Auckland, from Southland to Kaitaia. The leader of the Green Party, James Shaw, disgracefully dismissed this extraordinary event at the time as ‘a group of Pakeha farmers down south.’ Yet an estimated 60,000 people were involved, hardly what Shaw dishonestly claimed. And why the disparaging ‘Pakeha’, long objected to by many New Zealanders? 

We are used to politicians not telling the truth — which no doubt contributes to their being among the least respected sectors of the population. But any blatant misrepresentation of a fact rather gives the show away, bringing home to us how little we should trust those making  statements they must know are untruthful, particularly if they do not want to face up to what is actually happening, or when their extremist policies are being challenged. 

More slippery are the politicians who manage to simply avoid answering a question if they don’t think the answer will reflect well on them — or don’t want to acknowledge its implications. Ardern has shown herself adroit at such evasion, refusing to release information in relation to the farmer protest group.  A complaint has now been made to the Office of the Ombudsman about her decision to withhold this information.  Groundswell NZ’s co-founder, Bryce McKenzie, said the group has not heard from Ardern before or since the protests, but had requested a meeting with her while members were in Wellington to address the environment select committee. 

‘We got an email back from her office saying she was busy,’ he said. “We have not heard from any Government ministers, only opposition MPs. It is disappointing, because we think an estimated 60,000 people deserve a response from the Government about the things they are concerned about.’  

How extraordinary that Ardern, constantly preaching to New Zealanders to be kind to one another, is delivering such a snub to representatives of the farming community nationwide.  She is too busy to listen to them — basically an insulting answer, given that she is apparently never too busy to listen to the small minority of dissident part-Maoris pushing for constitutional change to achieve not just co-governance, but a veto over decision-making by the majority of the country – as with the now signed-off health legislation. He Puapua, the document planning for this apartheid policy, had to be prised out of her government’s hands, originally heavily redacted. But then, our elusive PM claimed she had not read it – although her cabinet ministers were reportedly working to see how its provisions could be implemented. 

Our determined Prime Minister must know very well New Zealanders don’t support racial separatism. It did not stop her passing legislation to implement two health systems — one for part-Maori New Zealanders — and one for all other New Zealanders. In spite of the definition of who can legitimately call themselves Maori conveniently removed some time back, the Maori Health Authority now has a veto over any decisions of the parallel health system representing the majority of New Zealanders. 

She is also too seemingly too busy to explain why she inaccurately claims that the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi established a partnership between Maori and the Crown — which she uses to justify the divisive racist policies she is implementing.  He Puapua shows Labour’s plan to establish two governments in New Zealand by 2040. By this time the hierarchies – i.e. the governing bodies of our most powerful and wealthy neo-tribes (as a result of the never-ending hundreds of millions of dollars diverted to them from taxpayers these recent decades) will preside over all aspects of New Zealand’s policy-making. 

On Ardern goes, her coalition pushing her Three Waters Plan to confiscate water assets from local communities, and hand over all water management to four mega-authorities under joint council and neo-tribal control. While she is far too busy to meet with representatives of our farmers, there have been 60 consultation meetings with Maori groups over this Three Waters Plan – but little or no consultation with everybody else, in spite of provisions in the Local Government Act requiring councils to consult widely with all members of the public, not just part-Maoris -– (intermarriage was so successful that there are no longer full-blooded Maori).  Needless to say, each of the proposed four new entities of would have a tribal veto hanging over their heads. Yet 40 of New Zealand’s 67 councils are against, or undecided about, this $120 billion plan. So taxpayers are now paying for infantilised cartoons on television to be persuaded it would be an excellent idea for local councils to be robbed of their assets. 

I am reminded of Taki’s observation in a recent Spectator of how successful a country Switzerland is. Its people speak four different languages – German, French, Italian and Romansh, ‘with no animosity towards one another’ – and ‘that the tribalism that exacerbates and fuels mistrust in other countries does not exist here.’ He goes to the heart of the matter, when he points out that this is because the Swiss practise direct democracy, having no intention of being governed by agenda-driven autocrats. 

Such a description can arguably be applied to Ardern, when her ministers have now been told to avoid answering questions about dumped Covid-19 documents. A leaked email, sent to Beehive staff, has directed them to issue only ‘brief written statements’ in response to media queries about the documents. ‘Do not put minister (sic) up for any interviews on this,’ it instructed. The directive stated that the Government, because of its overwhelming public support, has no need to respond, and should instead ‘lead the changing conversation’. The Prime Minister’s office has directed all ministers not to give interviews on this Covid-19 document dump, saying there is ‘no real need to defend’ themselves. So much for a government answerable to the people of the country.  

What we are undergoing is a revolution by stealth. The Swiss would never tolerate an Ardern ordering her ministers to do as she says. Well aware that power corrupts, they would not have allowed her to preside for longer than one year, virtually ruling the country.  

On the contrary, the President of the Swiss Confederation, elected for that year of office by the United Federal Assembly, is ‘primus inter pares’ – first among equals. Chairing the Federal Council meetings, and mediating in the case of disputes. in urgent situations, he/she can order precautionary measures.  

Thanks to the damage that our dominating Prime Minister is inflicting upon New Zealand, including the shocking imposition of an apartheid system of racial preference, New Zealanders are perturbed about what is happening, including very probably the majority of part-Maori, no more supportive of racist agenda than the rest of the country. 

Given a largely lacklustre National opposition led by an unpopular leader who shows no sign of stepping down for the sake of the party, but with dubious contenders ready to challenge, our outlook is bleak.  

Without adopting the very successful controls that the Swiss people fought for, to determine their own directions – see www.100days.co.nz – we have very little hope of winning back this country. With them, it is an entirely different matter, as the most successful democracy in the world shows us.