The Dim-Post

June 29, 2009

Good journalism o’ the day

Filed under: crime — danylmc @ 12:48 pm

The Herald on Sunday has a profile/obituary of gang leader Mossie Hines:

Hines died of cancer alone in a prison cell, aged 55, early this month. For 30 years, he had ruled the Nomads, and for 20 of those years the gang terrorised a small western sliver of the North Island just above Wellington.

Caught between the Tararua Ranges and the Tasman Sea, Horowhenua suffered under gangs like few other parts of the country.

There, he liked to be known as The Godfather, but his reach was greater. At its height, the Nomads stretched across the North Island into Tokoroa and further north. His roots were Black Power, his brother William “Bird” Hines is a senior Head Hunters member in Auckland.

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For years, the Nomads were believed to be a key link in running drugs from Auckland to Wellington. At the tangi, said one: “Almost every gang in the country was there.”

It was their homage to a man who was legend among his peers, and who was behind the nightmares of many in Horowhenua.

The day of the funeral, the infighting began. Hines’ stepson was shot in the leg, a house was torched, a gun brandished, a beating delivered.

The young and old are fighting for control – though it is doubtful the Nomads can even exist after their leader’s death.

Reassuring to know that when Hines was building up his gang our domestic intelligence agencies were busy keeping a close eye on Sue Bradford and Keith Locke. I wonder if the SIS even knew (or cared) who Hines was.

Farrah Fawcett and Ayn Rand

Filed under: general idiocy — danylmc @ 8:56 am

Fascinating:

Why did Rand say she was so determined to see you in the role of Dagny Taggart, the female heroine in Atlas Shrugged?

I don’t remember if Ayn’s letter specifically mentioned Charlie’s Angels, but I do remember it saying that she was a fan of my work. A few months later, when we finally spoke on the phone (actually she did most of the speaking and I did most of the listening), she said she never missed an episode of the show. I remember being surprised and flattered by that. I mean, here was this literary genius praising Angels. After all, the show was never popular with critics who dismissed it as “Jiggle TV.” But Ayn saw something that the critics didn’t, something that I didn’t see either (at least not until many years later): She described the show as a “triumph of concept and casting.” Ayn said that while Angels was uniquely American, it was also the exception to American television in that it was the only show to capture true “romanticism”—it intentionally depicted the world not as it was, but as it should be. Aaron Spelling was probably the only other person to see Angels that way, although he referred to it as “comfort television.”

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