Is it any wonder people despise fuel companies. NZ dollar against US sitting on .85 yesterday…have we seen prices drop at the pump? No way.
BUT if there is a shift in the other direction eg the dollar drops by .2 of a cent the price at the pump rockets up 4 cents a litre overnight.
Bastards. All of them.
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… another episode took place in a room known as the Ngati Whatua Room also in the Town Hall. It was during this occasion in early 2012 that we were “sprung” by a security guard who walked in on us after we had just finished having sex. I was completely naked and Mr Brown still had his pants down.
Some have commented on the irony that it was a security guard who “sprung” the pair, since a security guard had earlier been dismissed for sexual indiscretion.
In light of Brown’s comments reported this morning, the ex-security guard should now be possibly looking at compensation for wrongful dismissal.
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It is true that over-regulation stifles development and in turn drives up rents. But there are risks in under-regulation, too. My home, Houston, is an excellent case study in this approach. We are the biggest city in North America to be developed without a zoning ordinance. Until recently, we didn’t have a Historic Preservation ordinance to speak of either.
What happens in under-regulated Houston is that developers overbuild in the boom years. When the economy goes south, the bubble bursts, owners sell or go bankrupt, maintenance is deferred, rents and property values crash, crime skyrockets. When the economy comes back, a steady supply of new housing makes it less attractive for developers to rehabilitate the old. The end result is high levels of concentrated poverty, and a surplus of substandard (albeit affordable) housing.
Over-regulation can be frustrating. I’m an architect – I’ve done battle with Planning and Zoning boards. But the dangers of under-regulation are very real. If that is what you wish for, be very careful.
Go Len !!
lol, what an arse,what a complete wanker.
Lied to wife,lied to daughters,lied to voters and then says you can trust me.
Not covered by a code of conduct ,if I was dismissed by the council for code of conduct I would have the biggest law suit up and running before Len could say”Bevan who?”
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There is a concerted effort by APN/Fairfax scribes to clear Lecherous Len, giving him an armchair ride through his filthy behaviour.
See Mallard having a lot to say about Sky City, obviously in an effort to appease his new leader . . . won’t work Duck, Little wants your seat, it can be won by any loser with a leeching left background.
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Spot on comment: I think the fat problem represents as strong an argument as there has ever been for simultaneously shrinking the size of the state and encouraging people to take responsibility for their lives by restoring the lost connection in our culture between cause and effect.
A cut and paste from a post on WO in reference to the Code of Conduct :
” Auckland Council Code of Conduct
In this document
“Auckland Council” or “the Council” – consists of the governing body (including the Mayor) and local boards.
That is the first sentence of the bloody document, how on earth can Len Brown say that it does not apply to him! ”
If this is correct then Brown should be history and a few of his advisors need to go back to school for basic comprehension lessions ( about year 2 level )
I would have thought perhaps there may have been the smallest comment from the likes of Bishop Tamiki regarding the appropriateness of the Super City being run by an egocentric self-confessed adulterer, but no – not any I have seen or heard. Perhaps DESTINY needs a few building plans approved.
Thank goodness, I now know that John Palino had a meeting with Chuang in a car park (quickie??), after the election, and did he have an affair with her, or was that the Mayor of Auckland abusing his family, and there by the Electorate ?
Chuang has been abused by Pantsdown Brown, and her other lover Luigi.
Now she is blaming everybody else.
Woman’s Day anyone – how much ?
Odd change of headline at NZH, from: Len Brown: ‘I have made full disclosure’
To: Len Brown, post-affair: ‘I need to redeem myself’.
The full disclosure remains in the herald article:
Is there anything more to come out that people need to know about?
There had better not be. I have made full disclosure with regard to this matter and it has been horrendous for my family, and that is it.
But there is less than full disclosure evident:
Have there been other affairs?
There is a matter on record in terms of my first marriage but I am not going to go into that … suffice to say that is a matter that has been acknowledged. It was reported. Not that I’m aware [in recent times].
Brown is also vague in Stuff:
Among the promises Brown made, he said there would be no further revelations that could damage his – and Auckland’s – reputation.
“I’m just working through this now and expect nothing further than the issues I have to deal with.”
Brown has actually hardly disclosed anything, he has just not disputed what has been disclosed – and seems to be hoping nothing else will be disclosed.
It’s not unusual to see him walking the streets of the inner city on a Saturday evening trying to reduce bad behaviour and encourage respectable conduct from all and sundry.
May be a thing of the past …
Len Brown is a Mayor for all the people – is at home in church with the Polynesian people and joining with them and doesn’t ever forget them in his role as Mayor and the other ethnic communities – other Mayors didn’t ever come out to South Auckland
Tom Jackson must be having a lie in after his marathon efforts defending Brown. I think the biggest loser in the Brown affair out of all is the NZ Herald. While most of us know the bias which is rampant in there, it’s now been fully exposed to a far wider audience. Many who were tolerant of some of the views now are openly dismissive about the NZH and it’s reporters.
I know of one client so unhappy they have pulled an Ad they were paying $5000 per week for. And they said nothing- just stopped it . Ironically the spend is now going to Chinese media,lol. A few more like that and it will start to hurt.
The fourth estate is corrupt as it has lost all sense of objectivity and impartiality.
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Nostalgia-NZ (4,093) Says:
October 22nd, 2013 at 8:26 am
JK shows again shows his quality as leader and PM:
Quite agree NOS….
My knowledge of politicians is quite extensive, and covers both sides of the fence, so to speak.
Leading politicians all know something about other politicians, but they generally keep it to themselves. Rob Muldoon had a filing cabinet drawer full (he once showed me the drawer, the files, and the names , but not the contents) of reports, snippets of information, newspaper clippings, and even a few recordings. Norman Kirk had similar files. Jack Marshall had them – in his lawyer-sharp brain (but generally Gentleman J. was above that), mainly if they involved him or his Cabinet rivals. But he was not above making the odd bullet for others to fire. Even little Wallace R. had a file. Clark certainly had one, committed to memory, and in files kept by her attack dog, H2. Bolger had Bill Birch, and Shipley had her minders.
As I have said before, politics is politics, and rarely personal – unless someone throws the first stone.
A left wing academic recently, quoted on Whale, wrote a seemingly erudite piece quoting Muldoon’s exposure (no pun intended) of Moyle’s toilet indecency arrest in Wellington, as an example of the “right wing” (FFS) using dirt to smear a “left” wing politician. The apologists conveniently overlooked that Muldoon was settling a score with Moyle, over the latter’s attack on Thea Mulkdoon and her cat. Moreover, there are numerous examples of which I am aware where National politicians held fire on Labour’s dalliances, misdemeanors, and felonies…and until recently (the attack on Keith Allen, and Goff on Worth, excepted) Labour on National’s.
Peters, who was never of the quality demanded of a leader, has shown no hesitation in using crap to advance his agenda. The low esteem in which he is now held is reflected by his actions. Mallard’s attack on Brash was the nadir, and he will carry the disgrace to his grave.
There are always mad dogs in political parties. But academics and the media are worse. They prostitute their morals in the name of the “cause”. The most recent is the left wing weasel from Dunedin, Bryce Edwards. This creep is favoured by TV One and the herald – to their everlasting shame. Edwards, to his everlasting shame, sees the whole Brown business as a right wing plot that will back-fire. Yes, backfire. But Brown’s Council suspends a senior man for a dalliance with a co-worker in a junior position, the Navy Court Martials and fires a Commodore no less, for doing what Brown did.
And Brown has the gall to claim that the Code of Conduct applicable to staff does NOT apply to him. Whatever sympathy I had for him, and there was a little, has gone – forever.
But back to N-NZ’s point. Key has been wise to keep a low “key” response.
Len Brown should be thanked for providing the post-America’s Cup major diversion he has provided. What would we all be doing without it?
The saddest thing about the whole episode has been the lack of warning that it was going to break. Had the National Party known it was going to happen announcements could have been made about contentious issues. They could’ve given SkyCity the War Memorial Museum and people wouldn’t even have noticed. The Labour Party could have have a leadership coup, unnoticed, Winston might have said something uncomplimentary about Asian immigration, unnoticed. Hone Harawira could have had a ball. Oh the chances missed!
Re our Media’s non-problemisation rule of immgration
What does it say about the American news media that one of the largest
and fastest-growing journalistic professional voluntary associations is
‘Unity: Journalists of Color’?1 According to the journalists at Unity, it
indicates the increasing awareness of racism in the news media and the
determination of black, Latino, Asian-American and Native American
journalists to do something about it. The Unity movement traces its roots to
the Kerner Commission Report of 1968, which criticized news coverage of
racial riots that year, arguing that the ‘media report and write from
the standpoint of a white man’s world’. ‘This may be understandable’, the
Report continued, ‘but it is not excusable in an institution that has
the mission to inform and educate the whole of our society.’ Unity is thus
committed to two major goals: increasing the numbers of journalists of
color to better reflect the actual composition of the American population
and improving the ‘representation’ of people of color in the news.2
Arguing for the interests of a minority in a nation is one thing but arguing for a postive slant on migrants where there is on going immigration into a developed country is another.
These salacious revelations of Slater/Cook may have exposed purient details about the mayor, but those were just purient details. However, the Nats are leaking like crazy over this and the public is clearly now thinking that the political right in Auckland is viciously playing the man not the ball. The exposure of a massive, festering fissure in the Auckland National party, and the implcations for that when John Key eventually moves permanently to Hawaii, is an ongoing source of interest to the media. Get used to it.
thePeoplesFlag (19) Says:
October 22nd, 2013 at 10:05 am
These salacious revelations of Slater/Cook
Listen you dipshit…
Have you not realised that all the “peoples” shit, with which you have bee indoctrinated, was/is a great criminal conspiracy?
The only objective of the “flag” wavers was/is power….. and the “left” is simply a gang seeking to impose its will, by force if necessary. Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Hitler, Mao and all the other copies were thugs – worse than the mafia, black hand and the Union Corse put together. There were bad bastards like Ghengis and Alexander et al. But the enormity of the flag waver’s crimes, and their willingness to break eggs” places you, by dint of your silly adherence to their objectives, in the same category.
The biggest issue I have with Len is not his having sex with a council staff member on council property on council time (although as earlier pointed out a council cleaner or security guard was fired for doing exactly the same), but his misspending of ratepayer money
Who first taught the fat cats how to lap? The propensity of senior managers to treat themselves to enormous and ever-growing rewards is the great ongoing scam of our time. It is offensive to our sense of proportion and seemingly unstoppable. But how did it all start? Who first gave British and American executives that weird sense of entitlement?
It wasn’t always like this. Until the second half of the 20th century, executive pay both in the US and the UK was experiencing a relative decline. After soaring through the Twenties up to the Great Crash of 1929, the rewards at the top of major companies slipped down towards the earnings of middle managers. The age of The Organisation Man and The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit was actually one in which inequality had been diminishing. In some cases, executives actually earned less in money terms. The President of DuPont, Crawford Greenewalt, lamented to Congress in 1958 that he was taking home half what his predecessor had 30 years earlier.
Even the lawyers suffered. In 1935 American lawyers made on average four times the country’s average per capita income — a modest enough multiple — but by 1958 that figure was down to a measly two-and-a-half times. Yet from the middle of the Fifties onwards, pay at the top has soared away relentlessly. Come boom, come bust, CEOs and directors of the top 500 companies award themselves whacking pay rises even when their workers’ pay is being frozen or even cut. How did this extraordinary change come about?
Those who benefit would have you believe that these are the pay rates required to attract and retain talent in the global market. But is this true? In many cases, as John Kenneth Galbraith, that quizzical Harvard economist, wisecracked, “the salary of the chief executive of the large corporation is not a market reward for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself.”
But even Galbraith never quite identified the exact process by which the chief executive managed to convince his board and shareholders that he had to be rewarded so handsomely if he was not to dawdle or defect. When I tried to trace how it all began in my book The New Few, I did not imagine that it would be possible to pin down a single source of the mischief.
Now a new book by New York journalist Duff McDonald fingers the guilty party. In The Firm, a history of the giant management consultant McKinsey, McDonald argues that this was never a natural economic process. It was essentially the work of one man. In 1951, General Motors hired a McKinsey consultant called Arch Patton to conduct a comparative study of executive “compensation”, as they so delicately call their wodge.
[It is highly relevant that there should have been a someone who started it. For this suggests it was not an ineluctable historical process but a matter of fashion]
Patton’s results appeared in the Harvard Business Review, and they made delicious reading for those who commissioned the study. He pointed out that from 1939 to 1950 the pay of blue-collar workers had more than doubled, while the top executives were earning only 35 per cent more than they had before the war. After taking into account the inflation of the war years, the captains of industry were actually 59 per cent worse off.
Coming out of the Harvard Business School, the Review’s imprimatur gave Patton’s findings a gravitas which legitimised — no, demanded — instant remedy. In no time other big cheeses such as Juan Trippe, the legendary CEO of PanAm, were calling for Patton’s services. He turned out to be a wizard not only at statistics but at designing those lovely must-have accessories known as stock options and bonus schemes. According to McDonald, at the end of the war fewer than a fifth of American companies had bonus plans. By 1960, 60 per cent had them.
Every year Patton updated his findings in a new survey for the Review. How ironic that these monster pay deals so wittily deplored by Galbraith should have been cooked up in his own back- yard, the Harvard Yard. With each fresh survey the conviction grew among the business elite that they were insultingly underpaid, to the detriment of the firms they worked for.
That conviction was enhanced by the books Patton published, with irresistible titles such as Men, Money and Motivation: Executive Compensation as an Instrument of Leadership and What Is an Executive Worth? — an awful lot more than he was currently getting, obviously.
It was only a short hop from Harvard to the City of London. The market for talent was global now, and British firms had to keep up or their brightest and best would cross over to the US. Lord Beaverbrook used to ask, “Who’s in charge of the clattering train?” In the case of the gravy train, the man in the driver’s cab was Arch Patton. He was the keystone of the whole glittering edifice. And he didn’t deny it. Three decades later, when he was asked how he felt about the rocketing levels of executive pay, he replied, “Guilty.”
You may say: how much does it matter 50 years on who started it? The challenge now is to find an answer, not to look back in anger. I disagree. It is highly relevant that there should have been a someone who started it. For this suggests that it was not an ineluctable historical process but rather a matter of fashion, as much as the miniskirt or the hoodie, a question of business culture rather than of economic imperative. And fashions can be reversed, and cultures regrown.
A new breed of Arch Pattons can devise equally plausible calculations to justify setting executives’ pay at levels genuinely related both to the performance of the firms they work for and to the pay of the people who work for them. Levels which keep the top cats bright-eyed and bushy-tailed but not overfed, on a diet which really does what it says on the tin of Whiskas.
Ferdinand Mount’s most recent book is The New Few: A Very British Oligarchy (Simon & Schuster)
I hear that Len Brown’s wife is sticking by him.
It brings to mind that famous comment by Paul Newman many years ago, when speaking about his wife, Joanne Woodward, I think.
“Why would one eat mince out when they have steak at home”
That 60 Minutes special aired on US television last night.
The main story was all about how congressmen on both sides of the aisle use money from so-called Political Action Committees (PACs) as slush funds to spend on pretty much anything they want. The PAC is a loophole, as technically political contributions aren’t allowed to be used for anything personal.
The revelations come in a new book Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets by Peter Schweizer. The last book Schweizer wrote detailed how politicians make use of their position to make money via insider trading, which led to the STOCK act.
The new book also shows how politicians actually pay to be on congressional committees, and it is the amount of money they can bring in that determines whether they are on a committee or not.
Members of Congress must pay secret fees known as “party dues” to the Democratic and Republican parties to secure and maintain top committee chairmanships and assignments, newly uncovered internal documents reveal.
Senior congressional staffers say the committee price lists have long been rumored to exist but that few people on Capitol Hill have seen them, giving them an almost “mythical” quality.
The book contains copies of the Democratic and Republican price lists detailing how much money lawmakers must raise to obtain and keep their seats on congressional committees. The so-called “party dues” lawmakers must contribute for committee assignments are separate and apart from the fundraising they conduct for their own campaigns. If lawmakers fail to make their tribute payment to their party, they can lose their place on a powerful committee.
GOP prices for committee posts vary widely. For example, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who is the chairman of the influential Energy and Commerce Committee, is expected to extract $990,000 from donors for the GOP. The chairman of the less powerful House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith, is required to bag just $405,000.
Schweizer contends that the common belief that outside forces and special interests seek to bribe Washington politicians is wrong. The reverse is true: lawmakers use a series of “brass knuckle legislative tactics” to politically extort wealthy interests and industries into forking over large political donations—some of which can then be funneled to a politician’s friends or family members.
According to the author, committee assignments have far more to do with fundraising prowess than policy expertise.
“We want to believe that committee assignments are based on knowledge, expertise, and background,” writes Schweizer in Extortion. “But a member of Congress will end up on a powerful committee like the House Ways and Means Committee or Financial Services Committee only if he or she can raise money.”
These salacious revelations of Slater/Cook may have exposed purient details about the mayor, but those were just purient details.
I’m afraid the only people who think they are merely prurient details are either morally vacuous or haven’t yet learned how to distinguish between their ideological preferences and the voice of their own conscience.
For it’s not what he did that matters, it’s what his actions throughout this, both before and since it broke, represent in terms of his character, and that is critical to democracy for all politicians are elected to positions of trust and the personal integrity of the politician is at the heart of every single voting decision. This is why for example, hardly any of us vote for Winston anymore because he’s proven time and again he and integrity are strangers and Brown is no different than he is, in fact, Brown is worse.
It’s entirely regrettable that a major media organisation has betrayed its own readers by adopting a transparently biased stance on this matter and I suspect that those in control of it will live to regret nailing their colours to the mast in this particular way. It’s also regrettable that many media commentators from the left have all chosen to lie in unison by pretending that this ethical outrage is mere prurience. It’s not and it never has been and those of us with an intact and operating moral compass have never had a problem seeing straight through that particular despicable obfuscation.
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In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid.
And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought…
The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people. But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh?
Len’s has been done…. well, until more emerges…..
Try this for a topic….
The headline is from today’s Telegraph.. that as in UK
“Nuclear power station will avoid ‘blight’ of 30,000 wind turbines, minister says
A new generation of nuclear power stations will avoid the “blight” of building tens of thousands of wind turbines in the countryside, a minister has said.
The skyline will be much improved when those abominations finally come to rest…and replacements are not built. But don’t take that as advocacy for nuclear – YET. Safe, but still too expensiuve for us AT THE MOMENT. Let’s do rivers and geo first….then modern coal.
October 22nd, 2013 at 8:53 am
@igm – just my opinion. Tories already down 5 – 6% since Cunliffe came to power. I think the Slaters, Palino and Wiwege will cost them another 3 – 4%.
My theory can be tested in the next round of polling.
Vote: 1 21
Now I am what you would call a swinging voter in that I don’t decide which party to vote for until about a week before the elections, but I couldn’t help noticing your comment has been marked down 21-1.
But I reckon you could be right.
Therefore I would have to think the majority of posters on here are National Party supporters.
I realise that David Farrar is a National Party supporter but I did think there would be a better mix of parties amongst those who post on here.
No doubt this post will get quite a few thumbs down votes and only one or two thumbs ups.
Ross12 @ 8.39….(aren’t you the commie one, or is that Ross69? I am getting vague in my old age)
That quote from the Council Code of Conduct is a classic….and Lascivious Len is (or was) a bloody lawyer FFS!! In no court or tribunal could he possibly argue that the Code doesnt apply to him…the Judge would literally tell him not to be silly….
Does anyone know when the hapless security guard was sacked for having sex at the Council?? If it was within the last 90 days he should be off to see his nearest employment lawyer or advocate….
“The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology. And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements.”
But I agree with you. I just cannot see how Brown can hang on given his comments on the Code.
I put a similar post on the NBR site under Bryce Edwards thread where the headline said he thought the issue would damage National. My post did not get through their moderating and Edwards’ thread disappeared off the main page quickly. So I guess given how they sacked Jock Anderson and now their reaction to this we can conclude the NBR is on Brown’s side.
This is how black hole hopeless the National Party is. Here’s Treasure Billy English boasting about having a more progressive tax system-
Using data from the Household Economic Survey, the Treasury earlier this year estimated that this year households earning over $150,000 a year – the top 12 per cent of households by income – will pay 46 per cent of income tax.
But when benefit payments, Working for Families, paid parental leave and accommodation support are taken into account, these 12 per cent of households are expected to pay 76 per cent of the net income tax. And that is before New Zealand Superannuation payments are counted.
By contrast, households earning under $60,000 a year – which is half of all households – are expected to pay 11 per cent of income tax.
“When we take income support payments into account, as a group they will actually pay no net income tax at all,” Mr English says.
Read that again Kommiebloggers. Bill English is wrapt that half of the earners in this country pay no fucking tax..!!
No wonder they don’t give a fuck about voting.
No wonder they don’t give a fuck if taxes go up.
No wonder they never stop whining for more government services.
This is the NZ that John key and National subscribe to and foster. This is the group of far left dicky lickers you Key infatuated dumbarses are relying on to lead you out of the socialist wilderness.
Ross12: Hold on a minute…they sacked Anderson for writing an editorial supporting Brown staying on….I dont quite see how you can conclude from that that the NBR is “on Brown’s side”….
More generally I read the “interview” with Brown in this mornings Herald (had to go to the doctor, so it was free)…the glaringly obvious follow up question about the conflict of interest re the reference was “Were you having sex with Ms Chuang at the time you wrote it?” Not asked…and just like Campbell, the whole theme of the interview was how poor Len is standing up (sorry) to it all…
It certainly can’t happen overnight. What you want National to do Baity, is to commit electoral suicide & take the country down with it so the phoenix of your nutty religio-conservatism can rise from the ashes.
Go join Len Brown in the corner & rub one out…..it ain’t going to happen.
UPDATED: Chase Bank Limits Cash Withdrawals, Bans International Wire Transfers
What this constitutes is a war on cash and a war on small business and individuals. Two years ago we saw a giant backlash against Bank of America when they announced customers would be charged for using their own money via their debit card. We have crossed the rubicon where now the currency has been so devalued that you will have to pay fees to have your money in a bank or use a debit card.
In saying that international wire transfers are too much of a risk, Chase Bank might as well be bankrupt because it is telling you there is no money to withdraw.
This is where the mega banks have wanted to take us all along – a total cashless society that destroys all privacy and allows them to fine and fee the general population into serfdom. This is clearly a major step towards capital controls as we saw with the Cyprus bail-in.
Everything is Rigged, Vol. 9,713: This Time, It’s Currencies
By Matt Taibbi
Traders at some of the world’s biggest banks manipulated benchmark foreign-exchange rates used to set the value of trillions of dollars of investments, according to five dealers with knowledge of the practice . . .
Employees have been front-running client orders and rigging WM/Reuters rates by pushing through trades before and during the 60-second windows when the benchmarks are set, said the current and former traders, who requested anonymity because the practice is controversial. Dealers colluded with counterparts to boost chances of moving the rates, said two of the people, who worked in the industry for a total of more than 20 years.
This time the rates allegedly being rigged are in the foreign-exchange or “FX” markets, meaning that if this story is true, it would almost certainly trump LIBOR for scale/horribleness.
As one friend of mine who works on Wall Street put it, “It’s endless! This is the biggest market in the world.” Bloomberg suggested the story is just the tip of the iceberg:
UPDATED: Chase Bank Limits Cash Withdrawals, Bans International Wire Transfers
Here’s a letter specifically stating that you can remit from Business Current accounts but not from a savings account so even if the coke jacked infowars loons think that capital controls are coming there’s no evidence that they are.
…the glaringly obvious follow up question about the conflict of interest re the reference was “Were you having sex with Ms Chuang at the time you wrote it?
Yeah the issue is he was already chasing her at that stage and from the timeline it appears he was doing more than talking. A useful question for the employer to ask next time they need to check one of the Len’s references is whether or not he’s masturbating about the person under question.
There’s also a question of whether there was any “help me get a job and I’ll help you get your jollies”, either openly or implied. It could also have been after the event gratitude, or totally unconnected. Whatever, Brown’s actions have left him open to speculation.
Here’s a good summary of various articles on the purging of the officer corps in the US military that Obama has been undertaking for some time now. Of course if you still think it’s Morning in America then these firings all of which are facts that have actually indeed happened, don’t represent any issue whatsoever so you shouldn’t bother reading it because the “real news” will soon be on telly and they’ll tell you what’s really going on, in a fair and balanced way, of course
”In a lot of places we couldn’t start our motor for fear of entangling the propeller in the mass of pieces of rope and cable. That’s an unheard of situation out in the ocean,” Ivan Macfadyen recalls. ”If we did motor we couldn’t do it at night, only in the daytime with a lookout on the bow, watching for rubbish. In the waters above Hawaii, you could see right down into the depths. I could see that the debris isn’t just on the surface, it’s all the way down. And it’s all sizes, from a soft-drink bottle to pieces the size of a big car or truck. We saw a factory chimney sticking out of the water. ”We were weaving around these pieces of debris. It was like sailing through a garbage tip.”
The Abbott government will significantly increase the debt ceiling from $300 billion to $500 billion, with Treasurer Joe Hockey saying he wanted a higher limit to prevent a situation like in the United States where the government was brought to a near standstill.
Mr Hockey, who has long accused Labor of reckless spending and mounting debts, said the federal government expected to reach the existing debt limit of $300 billion around December 2013 and that “peak debt” would now exceed $400 billion.
“We need not look any further than the recent events in the United States to realise how imperative stability and certainty is for confidence,” he said.
In May last year, the Coalition attacked the then Labor government’s decision to raise Australia’s debt ceiling by a further $50 billion to $300 billion, with Tony Abbott describing it as ”really extraordinary”.
The Indian Cricket team must be really worried about coming to New Zealand. This Mike Hesson coached side appears to be on the path to greatness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Len’s Civilian (when not acting as Mayor) Diary (I like dairy milk to be near or in schools and for now my milk to be in or on Asian woman during worktime).
1. the appointment to the board
Met some woman appointed to a board by Richard Northey in March two months later in May. Different to wife and women in Manakau. Bit exotic, dot not women like that when single.
2. the reference
Kissed June 2011
Masturbated and wrote reference in July.
First had sex while she was also there in August. She got job so we both came well together.
3. sex in mayoral office
Mentioned that I would put in Mayoral Diary that I was taking some personal time – put shoes outside Mayoral office door, so my being footloose would clue staff as to preventing anyone coming in.
Made mental note to categorise time eating dinner at business event later in week as work time to make up for time off while using office for personal time.
4. told two of the three hotels off for offering me freebies, complaining I have to declare those – and that might compromise my/our little secret as to the liaisons. Paid them off, and to please me they now took the money.
ChristchurchKiwi1 day ago I don’t want to sound mean, but if these miners had parents who could afford to send them to St Bedes – most people can’t afford that – then why are we constantly being asked (either privately, or as taxpayers) to throw more and more money to these families? Really, these people got huge private donations, then argued that they should get more than anyone else from ACC where circumstances were essentially identical. No-one else got money upon money upon money as these people did. Yet we’re asked to fund more … Nice to hear all about how one rich kid at a private school got along with another rich kid at that private school … but it’s time to stop crying poor, West Coast families, stop asking for more and more and more. You’ve had way more than anyone else gets. So take it and be grateful and stop acting like you’re the only people who have ever lived and lost. You’re not, not even close. There’s families of those lost in the ChCh quakes – you don’t even know their names because THEY are not bleating and begging and demanding. And you’ll never know those names. I don’t want to hear yours, your kids lovely private school experiences, or anything else. You’ve had MORE THAN ENOUGH, more than anyone else. Now shut up and stop demanding.