Keynesian central banking is the command economy, not free markets, and after eighty odd years from the Bretton Woods conference, the endgame is fast approaching, the road to our serfdom put on steroids since the GFC with a central bank stimulunacy that is – in my opinion – criminal. Frighteningly this week a Fed branch … More Command Economy Stimulunacy and the IMF. The Criminality of Central Banking.
And …. And so now it all goes to shit. This is now how every single little house sale goes: just back from the real estate agent: ‘Dear Mark. Many thanks for your help. All I require now is a passport and a utility bill showing your physical address for you and Pauline Wendy Hub … More Tales of Insanity from NZs Anti-Money Laundering Legislation. III.
Gutted this afternoon to read of Rob’s passing. I consider him one of the last stalwarts of an actual fourth estate, that with his death is almost gone, now. Rob was urbane, knowledgeable, objective and insightful, well written and rightly respected. He leaves a void in New Zealand journalism and New Zealand commentary proper. Thank … More RIP Journalist Rob Hosking
Imagine if someone, lets call them a moron, created and then forcibly imposed on business and individuals in their private lives a system as wasteful, costly, and Stalin-esque as this: they determined that all money coming into the banking system had to be audited and its owners interrogated as to the origin of that money … More Tales of Insanity from NZs Anti-Money Laundering Legislation. II.
This is the start of an occasional series evidencing the intrusive and wasteful insanity of New Zealand’s anti-money laundering legislation. The quick context of the below copy and paste is it was a reply to a comment from an ATAINZ member about his problems now trying to request client bank statements from their bank. Mark … More Tales of Insanity from NZs Anti-Money Laundering Legislation. I.
Nicolas Gomez Davila: ‘Dying societies accumulate laws like dying men accumulate remedies.’ Benjamin Franklin: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” The below describes the life of an American reporter living in the Soviet Union: but it’s not particular to foreigners in the USSR … More The Intrusiveness & Cost of NZ’s Anti Money Laundering Legislation: [Subtitle: Boiling Frogs.]
Submission to the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill. 21 March 2018 To the Members of the Committee. It is important for me to submit in support of this bill, and to support considerably liberalising and widening it, but my job, and time taken to submit in support of David Seymour’s Choice in Dying … More My Submission to the Health Committee on the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill.
Again, this is not an arts and literature post: I will be getting back to those again, but in the meantime as I previously published my submission on David Seymour’s Choice in Death euthanasia bill, I may as well publish my submission to Michael Cullen’s Tax Working Group. Perhaps I do this for no better … More My Submission to the Tax Working Group.
I know, I’ve been gone a long while. Life and work commitments, I’m afraid. But the the choice to have a euthanasia option, should I get dealt a bad hand, is important to me, so below is the submission I’ve sent today to the Justice Committee (New Zealand) hearing on David Seymour’s important End of … More My Euthanasia Submission to Justice Committee.
The above is from contemporary Dutch artist Teun Hocks’ series titled Painted Photographs of a Man’s Mid-Life Crisis. There are a couple of posts from my old blog that pertain to this one, so I’m allowed to borrow a couple of them. Indeed, I’ve copied below the post that explains the waiting room that is … More Writing in Mid-Stream. Can You Escape the System?