Sunday, 4 December 2016

Pony Tail Puller Departs for family reasons.

John Key departs:

Whenever a leading political figure tells you he is departing the scene for family reasons you know he or she is telling a porkie…sometimes it’s a hell of a big porkie or just a wee porkie but a porkie it is. He or she uses the family excuse because they don’t want you to know the true reasons.

Now our Prime Minister has just resigned from being PM. There is nothing heroic or brave about doing that, although most PM’s wait until they lose an election.

But that is not in the character history of John Key. The history modus operandi of John Key has always been, to target whatever you want, then go out and get [buy] it…by fair means or fowl  and then move on to the next challenge.

The evidence is there for anyone to see: Have a look at his track record:  

Looking at the History of John Key in relation to his financial abilities here are some facts and figures regarding his major employer Merrill Lynch and their general performance…
Key's first job was in 1982, as an auditor at McCulloch Menzies, and he then moved to be a project manager at Christchurch-based clothing manufacturer Lane Walker Rudkin for two years.

Key began working as a foreign exchange dealer at Elders Finance in Wellington, and rose to the position of head foreign exchange trader two years later, then moved to Auckland-based Bankers Trust in 1988.

In 1995, he joined Merrill Lynch as head of Asian foreign exchange in Singapore. That same year he was promoted to Merrill's global head of foreign exchange, based in London, where he may have earned around US$2.25 million a year including bonuses, which is about NZ$5 million at 2001 exchange rates.

Some co-workers called him "the smiling assassin" for maintaining his usual cheerfulness while sacking dozens (some say hundreds) of staff after heavy losses from the 1998 Russian financial crisis. He was a member of the Foreign Exchange Committee of the New York Federal Reserve Bank from 1999 to 2001.

In 2001, he headed back to New Zealand to fulfill a long held ambition to stand for Parliament and become Prime Minister. 

It was fortunate that he did because Merrill Lynch went into free-fall:
In 2002, Merrill Lynch settled for a fine of $100 million for publishing misleading research. As part of the agreement with the New York attorney general and other state securities regulators, Merrill Lynch agreed to increase research disclosure and work to decouple research from investment banking. A well-known analyst at Merrill Lynch named Henry Blodget wrote in company e-mails in which Blodget gave assessments about stocks which conflicted with what was publicly published by Merrill.

In 2003, he was charged with civil securities fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He settled without admitting or denying the allegations and was subsequently barred from the securities industry for life. He paid a $2 million fine and $2 million disgorgement. The CEO at that time, David Komansky, said, "I publicly apologize to our clients, our shareholders, and our employees," for the company falling short of its professional standards in research.

In 2004 convictions of Merrill executives marked the only instance in the Enron investigation where the government criminally charged any officials from the banks and securities firms that allegedly helped the energy giant execute its accounting fraud. The case revolved around a 1999 transaction involving Merrill, Enron and the sale of some electricity-producing barges off the coast of Nigeria.

The charges surrounded the 1999 sale of an interest in Nigerian energy barges by an Enron entity to Merrill Lynch was a sham that allowed Enron to illegally book about $12 million in pretax profit, when in fact there was no real sale and no real profit. Four former Merrill top executives and two former midlevel Enron officials faced conspiracy and fraud charges.

Merrill cut its own deal, firing bankers and agreeing to the outside oversight of its structured-finance transactions. It also settled civil fraud charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, without admitting or denying fault.

In 2002 Merrill Lynch settled for 10 million civil penalties as a result of improper activities that took place out of the firm's Fort Lee New Jersey office. Three financial advisors, and a fourth who was involved to a lesser degree, placed 12,457 trades for a client Millennium Partners in at least 521 mutual funds and 63 mutual fund sub-accounts of at least 40 variable annuities. 

Millennium made profits in over half of the funds and fund sub-accounts. In those funds where Millennium made profits, its gains totaled about $60 million. Merrill Lynch failed to reasonably supervise these financial advisers, whose market timing siphoned short-term profits out of mutual funds and harmed long-term investors.

Other controversies with Key as PM were:
During the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, Key was a proponent of Hosni Mubarak's government, citing his support of Israel and refusing to call for his resignation. When asked if Mubarak should step down, he said "no".

In 2011, Key was caught up in a controversy over the purchase of government limousines which he denied knowledge of initially but later reports surfaced his office was aware. He was accused of being dishonest and eventually apologised, calling the deal sloppy.
In October 2011, Key made a statement where he claimed Standard and Poor's had said at a meeting in the prior month that "if there was a change of Government, that downgrade would be much more likely", this claim was contradicted by S&P after Key's credibility had been called into question.

Listing his latest set of fibs for example the Dirty Politics raid on Kim Dotcom and raid on Nicky Hagar's home, his pony tail pulling etc. His close connection to Cameron Slater, Jason Ede, etc. simply proves the point that Key will use anything to win.

The one thing he [Key] cannot stand is to lose: Hence his resignation…

I’ve no doubt that he has something lined up…a job or a money making scheme or whatever…we should know the answer around August 2017… if not sooner if some journalist does a bit of investigative journalism rather than sitting in front of his computer pumping out PR crap…    

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Nationals racial election bid for Mt Roskill fails:

Labour needed a big win, they had that last night. Goff’s winning margin was 56%, Wood has managed an astounding 67%.  Watch the mainstream media now write the win off as predictable and meaningless.

Michael Wood’s win proves that Labour’s core message of infrastructure investment; affordable housing and empathy have more going for it than National’s vacant aspiration.
Here is what TDB wrote on the massive win:

“It means that beyond the narrative that we are in the encore performance of a Rock Star economy; many ordinary NZers are hurting and needing change.
The National Party candidate’s nasty politics didn’t work and a constant stream of gaffs against Indian students didn’t help.

Labour needed a big win, they have that tonight. Goff’s winning margin was 56%, Wood has managed an astounding 67%.  Watch the mainstream media now write the win off as predictable and meaningless.

How will we as citizens understand this win without Toby Manhire, Clare Trivet, Tracey Watkins, Rodney Hide, Matthew Hooton, Fran O’Sullivan, Michelle Boag, Patrick Gower, the Herald Editorial, Paul Henry and Mike Hosking down playing the victory?

Some of the Twitter Petty pundits will spout that because NZ First and Greens weren’t running that the win is meaningless – bullshit! It shows in stark contrast that electoral deals work. This is what the Opposition need to do in a number of electorates because when it is done properly, we beat National!

These electorate deals allow the voice of change to be heard.

The mainstream media were attacking Little’s leadership all week because they believed the by election might have gone the way their polls do, this landslide win undermines their view so expect a tiny story in tomorrow’s news and nothing more.

So John Key lost really big in Northland in the by-election when Winston Peters kick his arse and took the seat off National…Key in his usual style wrote that off as simply a blip on the political scheme of things:

Conformation of the trend against National showed itself in the Mt Roskill by-election and the absolute rubbish published by the New Zealand Herald when they suggested that the by-election was too close to call. By Sunday morning Stuff was busy publishing the National Party PR losing line:

“National campaign manager Steven Joyce said the race had gone as he expected.
"Obviously [Parmar] would have liked to get a better result... but the odds [were] pretty much stacked against her.
"I think for us it was a good hit out for the team. I think they campaigned well. It was just that it was always going to be very hard to get our voters to turn out when they knew that we in all likelihood wouldn't win the by-election."
Prime Minister John Key said Parmar had "fought a hard campaign" that focused on the issues that matter.
"By-elections are always tough, especially when the seat has been held by your opponent's party for some time."

The latest in thing is to claim that since the Greens and Labour have signed a deal to work together; the parties are now moving toward the ‘Left’.

This is utter crap, the Greens have drifted further toward the middle ground and Labour hasn’t really moved at all other than to get rid of Phil Goff that great lover of the TPPA and neoliberal politics. This from TDB explains it well:

“Look at Labour policy and look at Green Policy. Nothing they are suggesting is actually that much more different than the current political status quo. The Greens have moved so far to the centre on the environment that the dairy industry is exempt from any real changes for at least 5 years. Labour doesn’t have any real difference in neoliberal welfare either. Homes for first time buyers is about as ‘radical’ as Labour gets.

These right wing media pundits who keep claiming that Labour+Greens are somehow too left wing wouldn’t know a Left wing position if Zombie Marx rose from the grave and bit them!
If anything Labour+Greens are still far too centrist to generate any excitement in the missing million voters. That’s why Gareth Morgan might suggest welfare and environment policy that is far more radical than what’s being offered by the Greens or Labour.
Another false narrative being woven by the mainstream media is that it’s all over for Andrew Little. This is media nonsense.

Duncan Garner that failed and now dumped TV3 political whiz kid wrote the following the day before the Mount Roskill by-election:

OPINION: It has been a dreadful end to the year for Andrew Little. 
He desperately needs a fillip on Saturday of a strong win for Labour in the Mt Roskill by-election. Should that not happen his year goes from bad to much, much worse?  
Lose on Saturday and Labour goes from chaos to a full-blown crisis.

Poor old unwanted Duncan Garner will now have to eat his own words…like the Herald his predictions have been proven absolutely wrong.

Have a look at the numbers:
WOOD, Michael
PARMAR, Parmjeet
LEITCH, Andrew
STRONGE, Brandon
GOODE, Richard
Candidate Informals:



This shows you how clearly Wood thrashed or trashed Parmar; he took 67% of the vote, after getting that news I imagine that John Key asked his son Max for a hug or two, or went out to the nearest coffee bar to find a pony tail to pull…

It’s too early to suggest that next year’s election will be a Labour coalition or a National coalition victory …but it is certainly a wide open election, but anything is possible, Key could resign and go live in Hawaii.    

Saturday, 19 November 2016

God's earthly representative digs in the dirt.

"I mean if Donald Trump that great supporter of the American born again Christian movement can preach hatred and racism, condemn Mexicans as murderers and rapists, and still get elected then there is hope for wee ‘bishop Tamaki from South Auckland, after all he only hates gays and sinners of various types as yet undefined". 

Brian Tamaki is a highly paid self-appointed bishop of a Church that most people have never heard of.
I imagine he named it Destiny because he saw in a massive [cinemascope] vision from his particular God: a blessed well off future that was his [Brian’s] destiny and right.

The first the country learned of Brian T and his black-shirts was when he led a march in Wellington against gay marriage, he was protected from harm from the thousands of gays and other assorted sinners, by a bunch of black shirted and suited guys each as big as pub bouncers. 

The nearest we’ve ever come to such a display was when the NZ Nazi Party marched the Streets back God knows when.

Believing one’s own hype is not difficult when you’ve been doing it for decades. Self-appointed pretend ‘Bishop’ Brian Tamaki has passed through the usual self-generated cycle of moving from simple born again fundamentalist recruit to a preacher [of sorts] to pastor [of sorts] to head pastor and then finally to a God [self] appointed Bishop of the Destiny Churches of New Zealand.

The bishop and Hannah prefer white.
Now wee Brian Tamaki is not your every day, run of the mill Bishop who has been promoted from Priest or Minister of their church to which they’ve given their best over many years of service in the churches sphere of operations. This service given in modesty and humbleness and humility are all key elements which brings credence to the position.

Now you don’t have to partake of any particular churches offering, that is entirely over to you. We here in NZ are not as prone as others for falling under the spell of magic words uttered from a bible like image held by a raving nutter on a theatre stage with flashing lights and canned music and surrounded by tall over-weight bouncer style black suited males pretending to be body guards for an imitation Bishop on leave from reality. 

Now our self-styled religious wonder kid, suggests that earthquakes and any other such event is God chatting with us about the sinners in our mist. 

God sends us earthquakes to teach us that gay marriage is naughty he sort of speaks to us via the earth. If I’m not explaining this very well then simply watch the video on this link:

Sun shades seem to be the in thing for the bishop and his clan.
Now, our Brian has according to his wife [Hannah] who accompanies him on his trips abroad and rides in his flash cars or on his motor cycles and defends his weird predictions and blames the media for his infamy on her FB page.

So far the wonder bishop and his clan have yet to offer assistance to those affected by the latest earthquake, like making donations or any other humanitarian offerings to ease the pain.

The reason for this lack of Destiny church effort may have been brought about because of a lack of ready cash; some time ago Hannah and her over worked and under rewarded bishop husband and her daughter and her husband spent some time overseas recharging their souls. 

They visited all the best tourist spots and stayed at real fancy hotels ending up at a convention in the US for self-made preachers of various hues.

It is fascinating to follow Hannah’s face book page as she reports back to those paying for this journey for her husband, the bishop and his family. Go to:  

Well I’ve said enough about the ‘good’ bishop Brian Tamaki and his loving wife Hannah and their family of Destiny church donators. Really who are we to tell people how to spend their hard earned [in most cases] income? And why shouldn’t people believe that gays invoke earthquakes and other bad weather storms…

I mean if Donald Trump that great supporter of the American born again Christian movement can preach hatred and racism, condemn Mexicans as murderers and rapists, and still get elected then there is hope for wee ‘bishop Tamaki from South Auckland, after all he only hates gays and sinners of various types as yet undefined.

It looks as if he is going broke anyway…I’m sure Bill English will organise a loan and get John Key to approve it…after all they are used to bailing out failing businesses etc why not add imitation bishops to the list.  

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

A Donald Trump reaction for New Zealanders

1. This is not your standard Wheelers Corner blog, offering an opinion on this or that bit of political news doing the rounds. I along with no doubt thousands in NZ have been watching the US election for President. 

Donald Trump won, because he won the largest number of Electoral College votes to put him over the 270 out of 538 needed to secure a win.

But we need to remember that a million more voters voted against him than for him, still that sobering fact won’t change the reality of a Trump victory. 

If I was a Black or Mexican living in America I would fear for my safety and the safety of my family. White bigots and openly racist gun loving idiots like the KKK will control the US. The US may become an even unhealthier place to reside than it already is. 

It’s going to interesting to see how quickly he builds the wall between Mexico and the US and if he can stop touching ‘pussies’.

The remaining words of this blog are from ‘ActionStation’ and they relate directly to us here in New Zealand. Our Prime Minister has already stated, that the election of Trump will make little difference to us, why, because we are very good friends of the US.
He is wrong! And here is why:
2. “Dear Peter,
This email is a bit different to the ones we usually send you. There’s no action for you to take, for one thing. It’s also longer than usual, because this is a moment to be thoughtful, not reactive, a time to dig beneath the simplifications that can too easily polarise us. So make a cup of tea, and another for someone nearby, and read on.
I’m writing today because Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States.
Some of us may think Trump’s victory will send a much needed message to the political establishment that everyday people are fed up with politics, and an economy, that seems designed only to serve the elite.
Many of us, though, feel only sadness, fear and uncertainty about a future in which a man who has campaigned on messages of fear, hatred and exclusion will be President of one of the most powerful countries in the world.
In an increasingly politically, economically and socially polarised world, I feel a deep sense of privilege and responsibility to be writing to this ActionStation community - a broad and diverse group of fair-minded Kiwis who want to get things done, who act together to protect the best of what makes New Zealand wonderful, and to shape an even brighter future for all of us.
It’s our shared values, plus a willingness to act, that makes someone an ‘ActionStation kind of person’. Not your age, income, postcode, party politics or ethnic background.
There are so few places left in our world where people come together to agree and act on the values we share, rather than letting ourselves be pulled apart by the labels applied to us.
So today I’m writing to ask that we double down on our commitment to be that kind of community. A place where we won’t - and don’t - always agree all the time, but where we share core values of fairness and a commitment to the common good.
That matters more than ever because: Trump is just the highest profile crest in a global wave. He and others like him across the world are shining a light on a deep unhappiness people feel about the way things are and they way they are headed.
Around the globe, mainstream parties on the left and the right have tied themselves up with a global corporate elite while life gets harder for everyone else. The strain on the working and middle class is unbearable and is tearing society in half as people look for someone to blame.
Trump, UKIP, the National Front and others are offering a way out by returning to a racist past when we were more isolated, homogeneous and violent.
It won't put bread on the table but at least you can take solace in the fact that your skin colour and religion is the right one, and if you’re a man your gender is the right one, and you won’t have to watch anyone different fight for the same crumbs.
On the other hand, all over the world the parties of the the left, who were supposed to serve everyday people, are bending to serve a cosmopolitan elite. It's not explicitly racist or sexist as long as every one of every race and gender puts aside their rights in order to generate profit for the giant corporates and sign on the dotted line of the TPPA to ensure it.
So we, ordinary people dedicated to the common good, too often end up as political orphans. We believe in defending the rights of our workers, friends and neighbours over the profit of global corporations, and we believe in strengthening the power of democracy to protect those interests.
But we also believe that all humans deserve this protection equally. We believe in shedding the dark racism and patriarchy of the past and creating an inclusive, peaceful, fair society in which we neither discriminate nor exploit, but rather include and uplift.
If we feel the political establishment has abandoned us, we must hold our own ground. We must cling to these values and champion them in every forum, every election, every public debate and at every dining room table in New Zealand. As we head into our own election, in 2017, doing this together matters more than ever.
Here in New Zealand, we haven’t gone as far down this path of polarisation, and of political despair, as in other countries, and we have the opportunity to avoid going any further.
Because of our small size as a country, we remain more connected to each other as people, despite political differences. This has made us less susceptible to the deep polarisation that is tearing the US apart. But we can’t take this for granted, we need to choose to stay connected - to our shared values and to each other.
We cannot wait for political heroes to save us, nor succumb to despair in the face of political villains. Now, more than ever before, we are the ones we've been waiting for.
That’s why ‘people power’ isn’t just a nice slogan at ActionStation: it is ActionStation. It’s why we’re here and how we get things done.
In the next few weeks, you’ll be hearing from us asking for your input into plans for ActionStation for 2017. What I hope more than anything else this morning is that you’ll open those emails when you get them, click those links and have your say on what we do together next year.
Because if we are to make the most of this incredible, diverse ActionStation community in order to preserve the best of what we have in New Zealand, it’s time to get busy!
Thank you,