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The Two Nations: or, Why Won’t They Bail Me Out?

Written By: - Date published: 11:47 pm, January 11th, 2011 - 38 comments
Categories: capitalism, class war - Tags: ,

Of all the mysteries of the present financial crisis, the most baffling is why government agencies have gone to such lengths to protect the value of bad investments made by large institutions and multi-millionaires.

After all, under the rules of the capitalist game, owners of shares and bonds are supposed take a “haircut” if the investment goes bad. And it’s also an Economics 101 principle that if you give relief to the little people, that will have a more stimulating effect on the economy than if you bail out the wealthiest interests in society.

For instance, in the Scandinavian financial crisis of the early 1990s the Swedes made the shareholders take a haircut; and something similar has just happened in Iceland. The result is a short sharp shock and then everything gets back to normal.

But nearly everywhere else we’ve seen governments throwing money at the banks so as to preserve the value of their shares and bonds regardless of who they are owed to, while slashing social spending and, in America, forcing those who owe the mortgages into a new kind of slavery, even as the country slides into gloom and depression. And the politicians are doing so even when they were elected on the opposite platform, like the UK Liberal Democrats.
Perhaps the answer lies in an interview recorded nearly two years ago with US Representative Paul Kanjorski, in which Kanjorski explains that of course it would make more sense to bail out the little people and force the investors to face up to their bad investments and shoky pyramids; but the problem is that any attempt to do so would lead to a total run on the banks by investors.

One can think of all kinds of possibilities for a sensible, Swedish-style solution, such as a government-backed write-down in the value of both real estate and mortgages. Nearly everyone agrees that real estates and mortgages have been inflated by a financial bubble to levels far above their ‘real’ value, and are acting as a drag on the rest of the economy as a result. That is the most serious aspect of the present financial crisis. Nonetheless, it seems impossible get Humpty Dumpty off the wall.

Why is such a solution impossible? Perhaps, at the root of the political impasse, is the simple fact that the top 1% in the still-very-influential USA owns more than the bottom 90% . Much of the wealth of the top 1% is currently in inflated real estate values. And these are also the people who fund the political parties. Lastly, the anonymity of the modern market system means that the owners have no social ties with those who owe; it is a generalised condition of absentee landlordism.

And so America now resembles 1840s Europe, Britain or Ireland, in the sense of being:-

Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other’s habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. THE RICH AND THE POOR.

(Benjamin Disraeli, Sybil: or, the Two Nations, 1845)

Of course America herself has been two nations before [a conflict itself arising from the plantation owners, the capitalist elite of the day, trying to maintain the source of their privilege – Marty]. And so, under conditions that resemble the explosive, yet paralysing, economic tensions of the mid-nineteenth century, over absentee landlordism, capitalists and workers, and slave property, the two nations are locked in a struggle with no easy way out. To conclude on a touch of suitably Victorian melodrama, they are like Holmes and Moriarty clutching each other’s throats at the top of the Reichenbach Falls (download The Final Problem). How long till someone slips? How long till 1848? Or, let’s hope not, 1861?

ChrisH

38 comments on “The Two Nations: or, Why Won’t They Bail Me Out?”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    I think you’ve just invited all the Right Wingers and Neocons to come on and start spouting “hey we don’t think there should have been any corporate welfare, we don’t think the big banks should have been bailed out” etc etc

    (Although of course they do, anything which transfers public money into private hands is something that their wealthy business and political leaders will always support and which fits right in with the Right Wing ethos of envy and greed).

    At the end of the day the answers are relatively simple: basic banking should be reconstructed as a nonprofit community utility and investment banking completely firewalled off from the real economy.

    Further, all our money should cease to be issued as debt based private bank cash. Instead it should be issued as a debt free dollar by the Government.

  2. McFlock 2

    To be fair, a lot of RWNJs have been saying that the bailouts were a moral hazard, etc, so it’s further proof that truly free markets have never been tried. Whatever.

    The other big difference between the approach of bailing out the rich vs bailing out the poor is that more kids die if the former is followed rather than the latter. A quick lit review here (look under “longtitudinal studies”) suggests that Sweden had a neglible impact on infant mortality during it’s recession mentioned above, but Peru experience 17,000 more infant deaths a few years previously in its (admittedly apparently more severe) recession a few years previously.

    I saw on the news the other night an article about people using the emergency department at hospital more often now, instead of visiting their GP, with the cost as a major factor. That’s a classic example of poor access to primary healthcare having greater impact on the health system than just making it free – but that solution just doesn’t compute these bright and right shiney days.

  3. I know a couple who earn $150K each. He was sick recently (stomach bug) and went to A&E ( to save $50 seeing the doctor). He then complains about people ripping off the system and the government needing to tighten up benefits, ACC etc . Now just who is rorting here? They missed the irony of it all…and of course complained about the 3 hour wait….

    • ZeeBop 3.1

      Everyone on the left should get their head out of their behinds, they don’t need to wait for Labour to win the election and solve everything, not like Labour will anyway.

      The above article makes a brilliant point. That if there is no social connection between the in debted – lots of people on the left and right – and the holders of the debt then society becomes very mean.

      Everyone who has a mortgage can renegotiate that mortage! So what we need is to re-negotiate our largest debt and take that debt to local socially connected institutions, like local building and credit unions.

      So Labour should build a super fund that holds NZ mortgages for NZ by NZ and of NZ.
      But you can start by shifting your debts to local financial providers! Not Ozzie banks.
      And we will begin to stop the profits flowing out of NZ.

  4. Orangepeel 4

    “I think you’ve just invited all the Right Wingers and Neocons to come on and start spouting “hey we don’t think there should have been any corporate welfare, we don’t think the big banks should have been bailed out” etc etc”
    100% correct there.

    “Although of course they do, anything which…the Right Wing ethos of envy and greed”
    Hold on! What? How does that work? Who made the public money? Why would Right wingers (like me) be in favour of government interference with business? Isn’t that a contradiction?

    “At the end of the day the answers are relatively simple: basic banking should be reconstructed as a nonprofit community utility and investment banking completely firewalled off from the real economy”
    Even though it’s profit which has been the driving force to success more than anything…

    “Further, all our money should cease to be issued as debt based private bank cash”
    Agreed.

    “Instead it should be issued as a debt free dollar by the Government.”
    What? No! The government shouldn’t have all that money in the first place. FDR prolonged the Depression in America with HIS spending.

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 4.1

      What, go back to the gold standard? Lack of liquidity is what help start the great depression in the first place.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      Hold on! What? How does that work?

      By the normal capitalist method of transferring all the wealth to the few.

      Who made the public money?

      This question makes no sense whatsoever.

      Even though it’s profit which has been the driving force to success more than anything…

      Profit isn’t the driving force for most of humanity – only the psychopathic. In fact, it’s the profit motive that drives the psychopathic that causes the economy to collapse as it channels all the wealth into very few hands.

      The government shouldn’t have all that money in the first place.

      You totally mis-read what he said. Money is presently printed, with almost no limits, by the private banks (It’s how they make such massive profits). Now, what he actually said was that the printing of money should be done by the government alone and that it shouldn’t have interest on it and that the private banks shouldn’t print any money at all.

      • Orangepeel 4.2.1

        “By the normal capitalist method of transferring all the wealth to the few.”
        Capitalism has not transferring of wealth whatsoever; it is nothing but wealth being produced and spent (spent could be counted as EQUAL transfer if you will).

        “This question makes no sense whatsoever.”
        I was getting at how government can’t create wealth. Ever. It can only take from INDIVIDUALS who PRODUCED the wealth.

        “Profit isn’t the driving force for most of humanity”
        Economically it is. Are you seriously saying that most people aren’t out for their best self interest?

        “In fact, it’s the profit motive that drives the psychopathic that causes the economy to collapse as it channels all the wealth into very few hands.”
        No, it was relaxed fraud laws that allowed bankers to cheat people, and lead to the collapse. If there’s any channeling of wealth, that immediately destroys an argument calling it capitalism.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.2.1.1

          Capitalism has not transferring of wealth whatsoever;

          Capitalists don’t create wealth so the way that they get it is by transferring the wealth that is created from the people who create it.

          I was getting at how government can’t create wealth.

          Governments are the representative of the individuals in the society and are there to administer the societies wealth. Individuals, by themselves, cannot create wealth, they can only do so when they belong to a society as the society provides the resources and infrastructure that allows them to do so. The government printing the money is a recognition that the resources belong to the community.

          Economically it is. Are you seriously saying that most people aren’t out for their best self interest?

          Economically, most wealth comes from the environment. Most people just want something to do – as long as they have somewhere to live and enough to eat profit means nothing.

          No, it was relaxed fraud laws that allowed bankers to cheat people, and lead to the collapse.

          Sure, the laws were relaxed – at the behest of the bankers. Bankers always cheat, they’ve been doing so for 5 centuries (and probably longer but I’m not sure if they used a banking system in Roman times).

          If there’s any channeling of wealth, that immediately destroys an argument calling it capitalism.

          The heart of capitalism is a form of ownership that enforces channelling of the wealth to the few. That’s why the capitalists keep wanting to privatise (remove the wealth from the community) everything.

        • Benson 4.2.1.2

          “Are you seriously saying that most people aren’t out for their best self interest?”

          We shouldn’t be. I’m certainly not only out for my economic self interest, that would be rather selfish given that my gains would come at the expense of others. Profit should never be a priority.

          As for government only taking wealth from others, that’s actually precisely what capitalism does. It is the worker (or ‘individual’) who creates the wealth. He is alienated from that wealth when it is appropriated by the capitalist.
          CAPITALISM “can only take from INDIVIDUALS who PRODUCED the wealth.”

          • Orangepeel 4.2.1.2.1

            “We shouldn’t be. I’m certainly not only out for my economic self interest, that would be rather selfish given that my gains would come at the expense of others. Profit should never be a priority.”
            The average person, no matter how good or bad they are, will hold the highest incentive when working for their own best interests; it’s human nature. Even if it wasn’t, there’s nothing stopping them from giving their wealth to whom they want. If profit isn’t the priority, then how do they expect to gain the wealth for their interest (IE helping the poor, donating to any foundation, etc)?

            “As for government only taking wealth from others, that’s actually precisely what capitalism does. It is the worker (or ‘individual’) who creates the wealth. He is alienated from that wealth when it is appropriated by the capitalist.”
            The Capitalist who refuses to give the worker his fair share is committing suicide in the competitive market: rival Capitalists know that they can persuade the workers to join them by offering a fair share of resources, working out for both the worker’s and the rival Capitalist’s self interest – they benefit each other.

            • mcflock 4.2.1.2.1.1

              Here’s an interesting slide – the emphasis is added by me:

              “We shouldn’t be. I’m certainly not only out for my economic self interest, that would be rather selfish given that my gains would come at the expense of others. Profit should never be a priority.”
              The average person, no matter how good or bad they are, will hold the highest incentive when working for their own best interests; it’s human nature. Even if it wasn’t, there’s nothing stopping them from giving their wealth to whom they want. If profit isn’t the priority, then how do they expect to gain the wealth for their interest (IE helping the poor, donating to any foundation, etc)?

              There’s a difference between keeping profits in mind and just leaving your morality at the office door. Profit “maximisation” versus “satisfycing” – i.e. rather than doing a cost-benefit analysis on recalling an unsafe product, remembering that you’re responsible if the product kills someone and recalling it as a matter of principle.

              As for your market analysis of the job market, you repeat the habit of forgetting that the power is weighted towards the capitalist, not the worker. Almost always there are fewer jobs than there are workers – and the capitalist is less likely to lose their home if they don’t have a receptionist for a few weeks, but the receptionist could well lose their home if they’re unemployed for a few weeks.

              • Orangepeel

                That’s fraud, and that’s dealt with people who dislike it paying voluntary taxation to the government for more regulation on fraud.
                Or it’s like a factory with poor health and safety. IF there is a business that dares to hold poor health and safety in the competitive market the consumers and/or the workers (who can also serve as consumers) will want to know about how safe their products are. If they aren’t safe, what’s stopping them from purchasing products from a safer company?
                The company with greater safety will attract more customers, make more profit, and force the other companies to buck up their standards if they want to compete.

                On the contrary, the competitive market creates a surplus of jobs for workers. The mixed economies who call themselves capitalist yet hold total government regulations have reduced the amount of jobs there could be.
                Actual free markets create a competitive market without the use of government regulations, and that in itself puts the worker almost as high up as the consumer.
                A Capitalist could NEVER afford to exploit his workers. Workers are the resource needed for corporate expansion, and to abuse them would mean they could simply work for a rival company.
                Now, normally there wouldn’t be the enough of a rival company to take in workers, but being in the position it’s in it would really be a whole lot of workers filling in better positions needed for the rival company to expand as well as a better position the workers want.
                ‘Capitalists’ have never been able to reach their position of holding power over its workers without government assistance.

                • Colonial Viper

                  On the contrary, the competitive market creates a surplus of jobs for workers. The mixed economies who call themselves capitalist yet hold total government regulations have reduced the amount of jobs there could be.

                  Meh, you do realise we’ve actually lived your Chicago School free market BS for decades now and have figured the game out for ourselves? The US has exported tens of millions of jobs away from its own citizens to bottom of the pay barrel nations, while diverting 80% of all the new income generated from using cheap foreign labour to the richest 1% of Americans.

                  If they aren’t safe, what’s stopping them from purchasing products from a safer company?

                  I dunno, maybe the fact that the same Chinese toy factory making the same unsafe lead painted toys might supply dozens of different branded US based companies in your local store, and a consumer is never ever going to know which brand is safe or unsafe – because they are actually all made by the same cut price factory in Shenzhen.

                  And in some cases the only way that a consumer is going to find out something is unsafe is to die from the product.

                  This has been the case with many blockbuster drugs in the last 10 years.

                  Bottom line – free market neoliberalism is BS.

                  ‘Capitalists’ have never been able to reach their position of holding power over its workers without government assistance.

                  Which in the US they have had for the last 35 continuous years. Probably the last real President the US had was Kennedy. He didn’t last long.

                  In fact the US Government doesn’t represent the people any more, it represents business and industry interests, and also the top 1% of people who own more financial wealth in the US than the bottom 95% put together.

                  It’s a plutocracy my friend and you are spieling the same plutocratic lines which have finally given the richest 1% of Americans a 23% share of the nations total income.

                  • Orangepeel

                    You’ve compared free market neo liberalism to China and the US. Your argument is invalid. NEITHER are free economies… especially not China. Two mixed economies trading with eachother should tell you there are problems.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Oh I see. In that case, good on you for backing Chicago School free market neoliberalism, a capitalist system which exists nowhere in the world except in textbooks. Not a single country of any wealth runs a truly free market neoliberal economy as you define it. Why? Because it’s a total unworkable fiction.

                      Seriously. The US is a plutocracy and the top 1% of wealth holders own more assets than the bottom 95% put together.

                      And guess what, that top 1% don’t want truly free markets they want markets slanted towards them. For the last 35 years this has been their pet project and it has worked damn well. 80% of all new income generated in the US over the last 3 decades has gone to the top 1% of individuals.

  5. Orangepeel 5

    Not at all! Government interference has worked in the past (It worked GREAT in Nazi Germany) but for a better (and quicker) solution would have been LESS interference.

    • Bright Red 5.1

      Orangepeel – you’re American eh? Well, government ‘inteference’ built your freeways, and hospitals and schools, and keeps the streets safe, and makes sure the food you eat is safe, and makes sure that workers get a minimum standard of pay and working conditions, and gives you legal protections for your property and rights, and courts to unhold them in, and a currency you can use of agreed value, and has foiled how many terrorist plots?

      There is a country without a government. It’s called Somilia. Funny how you Randites aren’t flocking to live there.

      • Orangepeel 5.1.1

        “Orangepeel – you’re American eh”
        Half.
        “Well, government ‘inteference’ built your freeways, and hospitals and schools,”
        Taking the role of a business I see. How corporatist.
        “get a minimum standard of pay and working conditions”
        Minimum standard of pay has brought about nothing but inconvenience for not just the business, nor has it benefited the individual. My sister couldn’t get a job because no company could AFFORD to pay her the minimum wage.
        Along with abolition of the minimum wage should come abolition of taxes. That way, there’s competition of companies to gain employers to gain resources. If one company exploits it’s workers, another company can easily say “Hey! Rather than paying you $1 an hour. We’ll pay you 2! For half the work!” Now the workers will all leave the exploiting business for the higher pay job, benefiting all seeing as how the company sacrificed low wages for employees, which benefit them in the long run. Now all a company has to do to get employees if offer a higher wage which makes exploitation impossible in the free market.

        “gives you legal protections for your property and rights, and courts to unhold them in, and a currency you can use of agreed value, and has foiled how many terrorist plots?”
        Same thing achievable by VOLUNTARY taxation: if I want the government protection due to terrorism and crime, a demand for it is created. How do you satisfy your demand? Buy it like a product through voluntary taxation.
        “There is a country without a government. It’s called Somilia.”
        It’s called SOMALIA. And they don’t know about economics and have had corrupt leadership for years.

        • mcflock 5.1.1.1

          “It’s called SOMALIA. And they don’t know about economics and have had corrupt leadership for years”

          Oh, economics only works if you know all about it?

          I guess that your economic theories don’t apply to NZ, then, given that apparently the majority of the population are ignorant about economic matters.

          And Somalia has had weak leadership for years, preceded by a state of anarchy after the fall of the Soviet Union.

        • Zaphod Beeblebrox 5.1.1.2

          In Somalia no one takes an interest in the needs to the individual or the public good. The government is simply a means to channel wealth to certain individuals.

          Why would this be any different if we subcontracted such things to private corporations and business- Somalia (or Russia for that matter) are the perfect example of what would happen .

        • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.3

          This is the type of society that you’re promoting.

        • Roger 5.1.1.4

          “If one company exploits it’s workers, another company can easily say “Hey! Rather than paying you $1 an hour. We’ll pay you 2! For half the work!” Now the workers will all leave the exploiting business for the higher pay job, benefiting all seeing as how the company sacrificed low wages for employees, which benefit them in the long run. Now all a company has to do to get employees if offer a higher wage which makes exploitation impossible in the free market.”

          1: Do you have any empirical evidence to suggest this actually happens in any country without a minimum wage? If so is it the exception rather than the norm?

          2: If the second company is paying the 4 times the wages for the work, what is there to stop the first company or another competitor that pays $1 for double the work undercutting the higher paying company on the price of the end product and taking all of their market share?

          3: If such low wages are allowed, where is the incentive to innovate and bring in new capital and technology to improve productivity and lift living standards for all?

          4: Wages paid ends up being money invested or spent. If there is no minimum wage and the market equilibrium is significantly lower (even $2 per hour) how is the business going to get enough turnover to meet its fixed costs? I do not want an answer that involves one group of people being exploited for the benefit of another group. If the business struggles what will it do? Sack people or reduce pay back to $1?

          You allegedly have something in common with the people of Somalia, a lack of knowledge about economics.

          • Descendant Of Smith 5.1.1.4.1

            If you take picking apples as an example the orchardists moan when New Zealanders jump the fence and go next door to the orchard paying a higher bin rate.

            With cellphones and texting word gets around very quickly these days if someone is paying a higher rate – or they leave when say the third pick starts to work on an orchard where they are just starting on the first pick – you can make more money on a first pick cause there are more apples on the tree and the easy ones haven’t already been taken off.

            Yep they say it just proves that New Zealanders are lazy and don’t want to work and we need overseas workers. No mention of the reason why they left that particular orchard – or the one that has no toilet facilities.

            Of course with the overseas workers they can’t leave the orchardist who has bought em here and they, the employer, can do things in the quiet weeks such as still pay them for 30 hours work even though they worked 15 and take it out of their later pay when they work longer hours.

            Would they do the same courtesy for the NZer’s – not on your nelly.

            And before anyway starts suggesting I’m opposed to overseas workers I’m not – there lots of good reasons why they should be used but for this post it illustrates a real life scenario where the employer doesn’t lift their pay rates to compete for workers – they increase the request for overseas workers and modify their paying practices to meet the requirements of 30 hours work per week.

            Back to bed now – only got up cause a dog was chasing our cat.

  6. Afewknowthetruth 6

    The writer is obviously detached from reality.

    ‘The result is a short sharp shock and then everything gets back to normal.’

    We are living in a post peak oil world. Nothing can ever ‘get back to normal’ because what people believe to be normal is actually a short-lived aberration in the grand scheme of things, brought about by abundant and cheap fossil fuels.

    Cheap and easy extraction of fossil fuels is no longer possible, and as the peak oil predicament worsens there will be less and less energy available to do anything (and what is available will be at a much higher price). The peak in global per capita energy was around 1979 and now we face a decline in total global energy.

    Orthodox economics is a set of fantasies and fabrications that have been foisted upon society by a gang of liars and thieves. The fundamaental flaws in othodox economics (failure to take account of energy, resources and environment, which all magically appear as required) have now been clearly exposed, and the complete collapse of present economic and socail arrangements is inevitable. It will occur fairly soon.

    The powers that be recognise this and are engaged in one final looting of the till exercise.

    It is increasingly clear that most people, rather than acknowledging and dealing with the realities of peak oil and environmental collapse, prefer to pretend there are no ‘elephants in the room that are gradually destroying the furniture’.

    Better living through denial?

    • M 6.1

      Afewknowthetruth

      ‘Orthodox economics is a set of fantasies and fabrications that have been foisted upon society by a gang of liars and thieves.’

      Chris Martenson’s Political Economy is an interesting post – I particularly liked the reply by blogger Travlin:

      Dr KrbyLuv

      You have raised an interesting issue and provided good examples. I think the essence of the answer is in this quote.

      There was a guy named von Clausewitz who said, ‘War is a continuation of politics by other means’. (I say) Politics is a continuation of economics by other means. — Michael Ruppert

      Economics as an academic discipline is fairly recent. Not much over 100 years old I think. To gain respectability economist have worked hard to divorce themselves from the political sphere and portray their work as an objective science. They largely ignore the shared assumptions and biases they build upon and the political influences these reflect.

      Modern economies are so complex that simplifications are required to explain anything. For example, economist are notorious for ignoring the human factors by assuming everyone acts rationally. When business school graduates enter the real world they quickly have to jettison much of the knowledge they paid a high price to acquire, if they want to survive.

      Over the past few decades economists have tried to be more “rigorous” by focusing on models based on complex math. In the process they increasing ignore reality as they admire the beauty of their elegant theories.

      It is now clear that most economist have misread past and current trends to such an extent that they have shown how bankrupt their profession is. Many of them have prostituted themselves by justifying the actions of the people who pay them well, and acting as cheerleaders to bring in more suckers. They provide a respectable front for the pirates. One thing they have done very well – they have thoroughly discredited themselves.

  7. jcuknz 7

    Orangepeel … Roosevelt prolonged the depression by listening to the right wingers rather than holding true to what he had done in his first term. For his seciond term he cut back on the stimulous packages that had made his first term so successful. That is economics 101 too.

    When this discussion takes place I think of all the small investors who in New Zealand have lost their life savings and have been left to survive on Nat Sup. Naturally it was bad advice and greed on their part for that extra one or two percent which led them astray but it was bad thinking and greed for a bit extra which caused the ‘big boys’ to fail too. Why do one get bailed out and not the others. The overall sums are not that different to my way of thinking.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 7.1

      And why were the accounting standards relaxed for finance companies in the nineties under national ?
      Its seems unbelievable now but they used to have stricter rules to protect the small investors, especially a requirement for 6 monthly audited accounts.
      But its the same old story for national , policy for sale.
      Labours hands are not too clean, thats why they are saying nothing but Dalziel fumbled with the ball for too long and was like other ministers captured by the ministry ( and financiers?)

      • Herodotus 7.1.1

        Cannot find the source (Take my word !!) but in the lat 80’s there was a paper prepared from Treasury/Finance ministry regarding stiffenng the requirements of Finance coys, this has hung within someones draw for 30 years with no action by any govt, that includes Lab, GWW. Until the door breaks no one is interested in pre empitive legislation it is all post an event.
        Look how long it took for NZ3910 to be changed supposedly protecting the subbie from an aggressive main contractor/developer. Tell that to all those owner operators who had their sole source of income (machinery) locked away as the receiver took control of the site. Many were owned so much from 3-6 months ago that they were “co-erced” into re negotiating their rates, otherwise owed payments would be further delayed.
        The only good thing (not to sure who or when) was when the govt of the day required regarding listed coy take overs that all shareholders were to receive the same offer, previosly to that major shareholders recieived more favourable terms than small mum/dad investors, then at 90% takeover ownership were forced to comply.
        NAnd Ghost as we have seen reporting compliance is nothing when what is reported (mis) is crap and there are no real deterrents available to the authority re Inter-party transactions that ALL finance coys seem to have been involove in, to the benefit of a select few owners.
        re your comment about Lab- I just dont think they cared, and by default they protected in a big way those extremely rich pricks. !!!!

  8. The Two Nations concept is more unhelpful than helpful. It confuses class with nation.
    All the evidence shows that the two national are two classes, but instead of arriving at this understanding, both classes are bound together in one nation by chauvinism.
    How is it that the working class majority sees itself as part of ‘one nation’? How is it that the tiny capitalist minority convinces the rest of us that we are “all in it together”? That is the question.

  9. randal 9

    these crims and sleazeballs who ran the ponzi schemes and ran off with all the money vote national.
    thats why the government wont do anything.
    the press is complicit too.
    they know who bought all those column inches.

  10. randal 10

    time to start calling a spade a spade and stop dressing all this criminal behaviour up in pseudo policy advice talk.
    ya hear me?

  11. Descendant Of Smith 11

    This is a perfect illustration of an Economist putting economic theory into practice:

    Start off at one place and end up somewhere totally unexpected and different having caused a whole lot of people plenty of grief in the meantime.

  12. johnm 12

    THE IRISH PEOPLE ARE STEADFASTLY WITH RIGHTEOUS OUTRAGE TRASHING THE DEAL TO BAIL OUT THE RICH WHOSE CASINO BETS WENT WRONG.
    May God Protect Global Bankers: Irish Leaders Castigated As Greatest Traitors Of All Time
    the names of Brian Cowen and Brian Lenihan are now being reviled as the villains who inflicted horrendous financial disaster upon the Irish people and forced the enslavement of future generations to a criminal cadre of International Banksters.

    The words ‘treason’, ‘traitors’, and ‘treachery’ are being increasingly used not only by ordinary citizens but also by certain politicians, economists, business leaders, and celebrities. ‘Economic treason’ was a term used by the leader of the Labour Party to describe Cowen and Lenihan’s blanket guarantee to the banks. And, incredibly, even the country’s ostensibly non-partisan police association, the GRA, accused the government of ‘treachery’ and denounced it as a ‘government of national sabotage’.
    Refer link:
    http://dailybail.com/home/may-god-protect-global-bankers-irish-leaders-castigated-as-g.html

    [lprent: My moderator instincts get aroused when I see very similar comments across two posts within minutes. I’d suggest you don’t try this as a generic practice because it draws my attention. It tends to annoy me when people start using the site as a dumping ground for cut’n’paste. ]

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    Last month I wrote my blog on covid-19 pointing out the in our pre Alert Level 4 days that a subject no one had heard here months ago was now dominating the media. An amazing feature of this crisis is how quickly it has swept every other issue aside worldwide. ...
    PunditBy Wyatt Creech
    8 hours ago
  • Testing for COVID-19 in NZ to Achieve the Elimination Goal
    Nick Wilson,1 Ayesha Verrall,1,2 Len Cook,3 Alistair Gray,3 Amanda Kvalsvig,1 Michael Baker,1 (1epidemiologists, 2infectious disease physician, 3statisticians) In this blog, we raise ideas for how New Zealand might optimise testing to both identify cases in the community as part of the COVID-19 elimination strategy, and to confirm when the virus ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    8 hours ago
  • Should we all be wearing face masks to prevent Covid-19 spread?
    Maybe you’ve seen the graph that says those countries where everyone wears a mask are the ones that have managed to keep Covid-19 under control? The first thing to say about that claim is that those countries also did lots of other things, too – they acted fast, with intense ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    9 hours ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #14
    Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... North Atlantic's capacity to absorb CO2 overestimated, study suggests Research into ocean’s plankton likely to lead to ...
    12 hours ago
  • The Americans are trying to kill us all again
    The Treaty on Open Skies is one of the most effective mechanisms for preventing war curently in force. By letting countries make surveillance flights over each others' territory, it eliminates fears that they are secretly preparing for war. So naturally, the US is planning to withdraw from it: The Trump ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    12 hours ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 11
    . . April 5: Day eleven of living in lock-down… My one day of rest for the week, and an opportunity to mow my lawns – which I’d been delaying for about three weeks. (On the plus side, the damp micro-climate in my back yard yielded three lovely fresh mushrooms ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    12 hours ago
  • Now we know what the rules are
    As the lockdown has gone on, disquiet about what the rules were and the police's enforcement of them has grown. On Friday, Police admitted that they were abusing routine traffic stops to effectively set up illegal checkpoints, and on Saturday Stuff revealed internal police advice saying that they actually needed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    12 hours ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 2: Green et al (2019)
    Paul Connett is putting all his eggs in one basket. He says “you only have to read four studies” to find community after fluoridation harmful. Image credit: Fluoride Action Network newsletter. For part 1 of this series see Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018). Paul Connett, ...
    15 hours ago
  • Hard News: Splore Listening Lounge 2020: the road to a “yes” vote
    As far as anyone can say, New Zeaand still has a general election scheduled for September 19 this year. The election will be accompanied by two referenda, one of which will ask voters:Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?The official campaign period for the cannabis referendum begins ...
    15 hours ago
  • Obituary for The New Zealand Listener (1939-2020)
    The vast majority of tributes to the Listener hearken back to its glory days, with little reflection on the magazine as it was at its end.I wrote for it, for half the Listener’s life; I have known personally all the editors except the first (mythical) three. From 1978 to 2014 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    15 hours ago
  • Universal income – a challenge to capitalism or a crutch?
    As the world economy slides rapidly towards deep recession there are growing calls for a Universal Benefit coming from some leftists and rightists. Now Finance Minister Grant Robertson is saying it is on the table.  This article by a French party Workers Struggle provides analysis of various forms of universal ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018)
    This is the advice from the very top of the anti-fluoride movement – Paul Connett, director of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). Don’t worry about reading  up on all the scientific information “You only have ...
    1 day ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 10
    . . April 4: Day 10 of living in lock-down… I wake up to a fine Saturday morning which normally would be like an early Christmas. But it’s Day 10 of Level 4 Lock Down. What  will my fellow New Zealanders be doing on a day like this – staying ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Redline reaching out to more writers & readers
    Some time during the night we went over the 850,000 views mark. We might have had our millionth view by the end of this year – certainly by early next year. Most of the people involved in Redline spent years and years producing various small left-wing papers and selling them ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Keir Starmer elected
    Comfortably, in the very first round, with an impressive 56% of the votes.I wonder, did members of the Shadow Cabinet start tweeting their resignations during Starmer's victory speech, or is that only a trick the right pull?It is odd how all the talk of how the next leader "needs to ...
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: Michael Baker and the Big House
    One of the key voices in this extraordinary time in which we live is that of University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker. Philip Matthews did an an excellent job this weekend of capturing the way he became the man for this moment in a profile for The Press.But one ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand Gives up on Trying to Save Daylight
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation today about the decline in daylight New Zealand has been experiencing over the previous few months. She said “As many of you will notice, our attempts to stem the dwindling of the daylight over the last few months have been completely ...
    Can of wormsBy Can of Worms, Opened
    2 days ago
  • A bulletin from Greece
    Redline received this article from the KOE a Marxist party in Greece Our friends in the KOE describe here the mounting crisis in Greece and tensions on the Turkish border. As desperate people flee from their homelands which have been ruined after decades of imperialist wars and interventions the people ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • And God spake all these words, saying
    As the first week of Level Four lockdown unfolded, mounting questions grew as to just what was (and was not) allowed under its “rules”. Partly these were driven by some apparently contradictory messages from different authority figures and explanations carried in the media. Partly they reflected a somewhat sketchy legal basis ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 9
    . . April 3: Day 9 of living in lock-down… Another late-start to my work day. Everything is temporarily upended as clients are shuffled around so we can minimise our “bubble” by reducing the number of people we help. One of my colleagues has been removed from his clients; his ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Death to our lockdown enemies!
    We must root out the traitors among us! ...
    Imperator FishBy Scott Yorke
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: The benefits of electrification
    In order to meet our 2050 carbon target and do our bit to avoid making the Earth uninhabitable, New Zealand needs to decarbonise our economy, replacing fossil fuels with electricity in the energy, industrial and transport sectors. The good news is that it will mean cheaper power for all of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of a pretty flower, .   . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a cute animal video. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8
    . . April 2: Day eight of living in lock-down… Today, my work day starts late. Our rosters and clients have been dramatically changed, lessening (theoretically) the number of people in our work “bubble”.  If just one of us catches covid19 the impact could be considerable as Grey Base Hospital ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • A note on apartments and bubbles
    As Aotearoa enters week two of lockdown, it’s clear we’re all still working out what our “bubbles” look like and how to stay in them to stop the spread of Covid-19. New to the government’s Covid-19 website is some good guidance for people living in apartment blocks. Recent decades have ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    4 days ago
  • Getting in futures shape 
    “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Lenin Don’t we all know that feeling now.

    Prospect Magazine alerted me to this particularly apt quote. It is a much more evocative quote than Hemingway’s “gradually then suddenly” which is also doing ...

    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    4 days ago
  • Maybe axing Clark would be unfair. But what about any of this is fair?
    Yesterday was the day the consequences of the lockdown suddenly got very real for many. Firms have been closing and laying people off since the outset of the quarantine but this has mostly been happening out of the public eye. The mass closure of a number of iconic New Zealand ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    4 days ago
  • Might a ‘Coasean’ social contract mitigate overall societal harm from COVID-19?
    Brian Williamson1, Prof Nick Wilson2 (1Economic consultant, UK; 2University of Otago Wellington) In this blog, we outline how a win-win social contract could be forged to address the major dimensions of response to the COVID-19 pandemic when using a mitigation strategy: the particular need to protect older people from high ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    4 days ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    4 days ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    4 days ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    4 days ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    4 days ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    4 days ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    5 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    5 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    5 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    6 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    6 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    6 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    6 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    7 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    1 week ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago

  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
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    5 days ago
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