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Once the social media campaign begins to link the TPPA to the warship visit, a showdown will be set and the Government’s only hope is that the legislation is voted in early and the sense of fury amongst the protest movement dissipates.

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Wow, look at the power of American Soft Power at full flex with Paddy Gower’s breathless gasping that 70% of NZers want American Warships to visit NZ.

This for a country who kicked the Millennium off by invading Iraq based on a lie and whom is currently trying  to rob us of our economic and political sovereignty. Thanks to Kim Kardashian and the influence of American soft power, America can cross one of our sacred nationhood lines while taking our sovereignty.

It’s a moment America is savouring.

Paddy Gower has gained his CIA stooge badge by this morning screaming that if America didn’t bring a warship then it would be a snub!

That’s right, protesting an America warship for currently trying to steal our economic and political sovereignty would be churlish of us. Sure American hegemony is in full over reach by trying to claim jurisdiction in cyber space by arresting Kim Dotcom in NZ, and sure they are funding and enabling all sorts of butchers and killers around the world and yes American Corporations are about to make our Parliament their pet, but we get Kim Kardashian nude selfies, Beyonce revenge albums and netflix.

America will want assurances from Key that the TPPA legislation will be passed before they turn up, because no Navy wants to face a protest crowd as large as the last TPPA protest.   The Government will assure  them they can, and that’s what they are trying to do right now by cutting down the time people could submit their thoughts. Despite the massive leak of the sister deal highlighting every concern of critics is valid and despite the so called earnings being a joke, this Government’s subservience to its 5 Eyes Overlord is treasonous.

Another reason National are ramming it through is because Phil Goff is voting for their deal and he will need to stand down if he wins the Auckland Mayoralty.

Where the Government will want to crack down on is any debate linking the visit of the American warship with the TPPA. The last protest caught the entire Police force off guard and they under estimated the backlash and prior planning with a new leadership team that protest managed.

Once the social media campaign begins to link the TPPA to the warship visit, a showdown will be set and the Government’s only hope is that the legislation is voted in early and the sense of fury amongst the protest movement dissipates.

I think that hope is terribly over optimistic. The rage is being fed by the injustice of real poverty finally surfacing on our TV screens and the audacity of Key’s building of tax havens while the poor suffer.

I don’t think for one second that the snow job being fed to us that NZers welcome our American Overlords with welcome arms will stop the protest movement growing.


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  1. Afewknowthetruth says:

    ‘Americans need to pay attention to the fact that “their” government is a collection of crazed stupid fools likely to bring vaporization to the United States and all of Europe.

    Russian weapons systems are far superior to American ones. American weapons are produced by private companies for the purpose of making vast profits. The capability of the weapons is not the main concern. There are endless cost overruns that raise the price of US weapons into outer space. The F-35 fighter, which is less capable than the F-15 it is supposed to replace, costs between $148 million and $337 million per fighter, depending on whether it is an Air Force, Marine Corps, or Navy model. ‘


    New Zealanders need to pay attention to the fact that “their” government is a collection of crazed stupid fools certain to bring ruination to NZ

  2. Steve King says:

    I’m pleased that I wasn’t the only one who noticed Gower’s choice of words. What he effectively did, was take a dodgy poll result (70% of respondents wouldn’t mind a visit from an American warship) and twist it to mean that if they didn’t send a ship, it would be a snub! What was missing from the news item:
    1. How many people were surveyed?
    2. What was the actual question?
    3. Will the ship be nuclear armed/capable? Is this still an issue that new Zealanders care about?
    It was a standout example of the media “making up” the news. A terrible piece of “journalism”.

  3. save nz says:


  4. Below is the latest newsletter from John Pilger.

    NZ would be wise to keep our distance from the war mongers.

    View below.

    Silencing America as it prepares for war

    Returning to the United States in an election year, I am struck by the silence. I have covered four presidential campaigns, starting with 1968; I was with Robert Kennedy when he was shot and I saw his assassin, preparing to kill him. It was a baptism in the American way, along with the salivating violence of the Chicago police at the Democratic Party’s rigged convention. The great counter revolution had begun.

    The first to be assassinated that year, Martin Luther King, had dared link the suffering of African-Americans and the people of Vietnam. When Janis Joplin sang, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose”, she spoke perhaps unconsciously for millions of America’s victims in faraway places.

    “We lost 58,000 young soldiers in Vietnam, and they died defending your freedom. Now don’t you forget it.” So said a National Parks Service guide as I filmed last week at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. He was addressing a school party of young teenagers in bright orange T-shirts. As if by rote, he inverted the truth about Vietnam into an unchallenged lie.

    The millions of Vietnamese who died and were maimed and poisoned and dispossessed by the American invasion have no historical place in young minds, not to mention the estimated 60,000 veterans who took their own lives. A friend of mine, a marine who became a paraplegic in Vietnam, was often asked, “Which side did you fight on?”

    A few years ago, I attended a popular exhibition called “The Price of Freedom” at the venerable Smithsonian Institution in Washington. The lines of ordinary people, mostly children shuffling through a Santa’s grotto of revisionism, were dispensed a variety of lies: the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved “a million lives”; Iraq was “liberated [by] air strikes of unprecedented precision”. The theme was unerringly heroic: only Americans pay the price of freedom.

    The 2016 election campaign is remarkable not only for the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders but also for the resilience of an enduring silence about a murderous self-bestowed divinity. A third of the members of the United Nations have felt Washington’s boot, overturning governments, subverting democracy, imposing blockades and boycotts. Most of the presidents responsible have been liberal – Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Clinton, Obama.

    The breathtaking record of perfidy is so mutated in the public mind, wrote the late Harold Pinter, that it “never happened …Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn’t happening. It didn’t matter. It was of no interest. It didn’t matter … “. Pinter expressed a mock admiration for what he called “a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It’s a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.”

    Take Obama. As he prepares to leave office, the fawning has begun all over again. He is “cool”. One of the more violent presidents, Obama gave full reign to the Pentagon war-making apparatus of his discredited predecessor. He prosecuted more whistleblowers – truth-tellers – than any president. He pronounced Chelsea Manning guilty before she was tried. Today, Obama runs an unprecedented worldwide campaign of terrorism and murder by drone.

    In 2009, Obama promised to help “rid the world of nuclear weapons” and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. No American president has built more nuclear warheads than Obama. He is “modernising” America’s doomsday arsenal, including a new “mini” nuclear weapon, whose size and “smart” technology, says a leading general, ensure its use is “no longer unthinkable”.

    James Bradley, the best-selling author of Flags of Our Fathers and son of one of the US marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima, said, “[One] great myth we’re seeing play out is that of Obama as some kind of peaceful guy who’s trying to get rid of nuclear weapons. He’s the biggest nuclear warrior there is. He’s committed us to a ruinous course of spending a trillion dollars on more nuclear weapons. Somehow, people live in this fantasy that because he gives vague news conferences and speeches and feel-good photo-ops that somehow that’s attached to actual policy. It isn’t.”

    On Obama’s watch, a second cold war is under way. The Russian president is a pantomime villain; the Chinese are not yet back to their sinister pig-tailed caricature – when all Chinese were banned from the United States – but the media warriors are working on it.

    Neither Hillary Clinton nor Bernie Sanders has mentioned any of this. There is no risk and no danger for the United States and all of us. For them, the greatest military build-up on the borders of Russia since World War Two has not happened. On May 11, Romania went “live” with a Nato “missile defence” base that aims its first-strike American missiles at the heart of Russia, the world’s second nuclear power.

    In Asia, the Pentagon is sending ships, planes and special forces to the Philippines to threaten China. The US already encircles China with hundreds of military bases that curve in an arc up from Australia, to Asia and across to Afghanistan. Obama calls this a “pivot”.

    As a direct consequence, China reportedly has changed its nuclear weapons policy from no-first-use to high alert and put to sea submarines with nuclear weapons. The escalator is quickening.

    It was Hillary Clinton who, as Secretary of State in 2010, elevated the competing territorial claims for rocks and reef in the South China Sea to an international issue; CNN and BBC hysteria followed; China was building airstrips on the disputed islands. In its mammoth war game in 2015, Operation Talisman Sabre, the US practiced “choking” the Straits of Malacca through which pass most of China’s oil and trade. This was not news.

    Clinton declared that America had a “national interest” in these Asian waters. The Philippines and Vietnam were encouraged and bribed to pursue their claims and old enmities against China. In America, people are being primed to see any Chinese defensive position as offensive, and so the ground is laid for rapid escalation. A similar strategy of provocation and propaganda is applied to Russia.

    Clinton, the “women’s candidate”, leaves a trail of bloody coups: in Honduras, in Libya (plus the murder of the Libyan president) and Ukraine. The latter is now a CIA theme park swarming with Nazis and the frontline of a beckoning war with Russia. It was through Ukraine – literally, borderland — that Hitler’s Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, which lost 27 million people. This epic catastrophe remains a presence in Russia. Clinton’s presidential campaign has received money from all but one of the world’s ten biggest arms companies. No other candidate comes close.

    Sanders, the hope of many young Americans, is not very different from Clinton in his proprietorial view of the world beyond the United States. He backed Bill Clinton’s illegal bombing of Serbia. He supports Obama’s terrorism by drone, the provocation of Russia and the return of special forces (death squads) to Iraq. He has nothing to say on the drumbeat of threats to China and the accelerating risk of nuclear war. He agrees that Edward Snowden should stand trial and he calls Hugo Chavez – like him, a social democrat – “a dead communist dictator”. He promises to support Clinton if she is nominated.

    The election of Trump or Clinton is the old illusion of choice that is no choice: two sides of the same coin. In scapegoating minorities and promising to “make America great again”, Trump is a far right-wing domestic populist; yet the danger of Clinton may be more lethal for the world.

    “Only Donald Trump has said anything meaningful and critical of US foreign policy,” wrote Stephen Cohen, emeritus professor of Russian History at Princeton and NYU, one of the few Russia experts in the United States to speak out about the risk of war.

    In a radio broadcast, Cohen referred to critical questions Trump alone had raised. Among them: why is the United States “everywhere on the globe”? What is NATO’s true mission? Why does the US always pursue regime change in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine? Why does Washington treat Russia and Vladimir Putin as an enemy?

    The hysteria in the liberal media over Trump serves an illusion of “free and open debate” and “democracy at work”. His views on immigrants and Muslims are grotesque, yet the deporter-in-chief of vulnerable people from America is not Trump but Obama, whose betrayal of people of colour is his legacy: such as the warehousing of a mostly black prison population, now more numerous than Stalin’s gulag.

    This presidential campaign may not be about populism but American liberalism, an ideology that sees itself as modern and therefore superior and the one true way. Those on its right wing bear a likeness to 19th century Christian imperialists, with a God-given duty to convert or co-opt or conquer.

    In Britain, this is Blairism. The Christian war criminal Tony Blair got away with his secret preparation for the invasion of Iraq largely because the liberal political class and media fell for his “cool Britannia”. In the Guardian, the applause was deafening; he was called “mystical”. A distraction known as identity politics, imported from the United States, rested easily in his care.

    History was declared over, class was abolished and gender promoted as feminism; lots of women became New Labour MPs. They voted on the first day of Parliament to cut the benefits of single parents, mostly women, as instructed. A majority voted for an invasion that produced 700,000 Iraqi widows.

    The equivalent in the US are the politically correct warmongers on the New York Times, the Washington Post and network TV who dominate political debate. I watched a furious debate on CNN about Trump’s infidelities. It was clear, they said, a man like that could not be trusted in the White House. No issues were raised. Nothing on the 80 per cent of Americans whose income has collapsed to 1970s levels. Nothing on the drift to war. The received wisdom seems to be “hold your nose” and vote for Clinton: anyone but Trump. That way, you stop the monster and preserve a system gagging for another war.

    John Pilger
    27 May 2016

  5. CLEANGREEN says:

    Johnkey doodle dandy will relish this as he departs after for his long summer holiday in the US state of Hawaii and drop into his Government appointees home near the White house and Obama’s new home as he leaves office to play golf with each other.

    Since this keyster has been around our tax payers money is lavishly feathered around by him to impress all who don’t live here , so we know where Key’s loyalty lies right?

    • WILD KATIPO says:

      The thing is Key is trying to subvert NZ law. And he hasn’t got that mandate. It doesn’t matter who you think you are- such issues as this have to be put forward either in an election or as a binding citizens refenda.

      And he might have gotten away with common assault charges with Amanda Bailey and thought he could wave his hand and everyone would be silenced.

      He now needs a lesson in humility and discovering just what the law is for in this country.

      We need to show him what happens to an elected representative if they try and climb above their station and start acting like King bloody Farouk.

  6. Mosa says:

    That ship poll doesn’t count when like the other Gower polls he only asks Nat voters.
    I fear time has been on the Yanks side with this and Keys grovelling has muted this issue.
    I want to be wrong about the feeling I have on this.
    Unless prominent New Zealanders step forward and engage the public and start the backlash this will be another legacy moment for President Key.

  7. Marshall Island says:

    “75% of Kiwis want nuclear ships back in our ports” spouted a news item. No source of the poll. No references, just a magical figure plucked out from where the muppeteers hand goes when they make a muppet’s mouth move.


    Everyone I asked at work did not want nuclear ships in our harbours. There are 35 of them. I would have expected if Paddy Gower was right correct, then 27 colleagues would have wanted the nuclear ships steaming (sic.) into our ports. Not one.

    So, I say again to Gower, Henry, Hosking, Key and any of the others who want nuclear ships….if you want to stand on a nuclear ship and feel its radiating power surging and thrusting through your thighs, fuck off to Mururoa Atoll , let the US ships land their with impunity. I’d even crowd fund to send you all there and leave us alone here radiation-free in New Zealand.

    Key thinks he is invincible and has no opposition to whatever he does. I’ll be protesting against the breaking of our laws, by bringing in nuclear ships. And 34 of my colleagues will be doing so as well.

  8. esoteric pineapples says:

    How about an informal “See a National MP – boo a National MP” campaign?

    That little spat of booing a while ago got quite a lot of attention for very little cost in time and money. Persistent booing of ministers would have quite a corrosive effect. Maybe just a couple of boos and perhaps “this government is corrupt” at public events so you are not interrupting proceedings too much much but still reminding bystanders of the simmering discontent that is just below the surface.

    • WILD KATIPO says:

      ‘ Boo a Nat a day ! ‘.

      Totally agree – boo them. Cheap , effective and nothing gets a scene revving faster than loud catcalls and booing .

      It is self evident just how the people feel.

      It embarrasses them.

      It shows disgust and contempt.

      It shows a vote of no confidence.

      It says loud and clear they have nothing left worth listening to that people want to waste time hearing anymore. They had their chance and blew it.

      Boo them.

      • anom 100 says:

        I did my bit a few years ago, while at the Wellington airport Gerry waddled past, I called out Gerry Brownlee, he turned in my direction , I looked at him and said “You fat fuck”. I think 20 people heard )
        Insult the bastards at every opportunity.

  9. Wensleydale says:

    I wonder what the late David Lange would have thought of all this. I imagine he’d be vomiting blood right now.

    • Andrew says:


      Sorry to disappoint you but Lange only used the anti-nuclear thing as an election gambit and hoped to reverse it once elected.

      Documents released under the American Freedom of Information Act show that he communicated with the American embassy leading up to the election and gave them a nod & wink that it was only electioneering and we’d be back to the original status quo afterwards.

      Unfortunately he uncovered such a groundswell of resentment that he was unable to reverse it.

  10. Mosa says:

    I remember Lange saying in parliment when he resigned as PM that he was proud that as Leader of the Labour party he never went to Washington to grovel !
    Never went to Washington to grovel and that an independent foreign policy remains.

    • Geoff Lye says:

      +100 to that .

      He never once went groveling to Washington.

      I can still remember the oxford debate.


      • Helena says:

        David Lange knew that US Corp was nothing more than an illegal bunch of lying, thieving and manipulating thugs controlled and directed by the Vatican and City of London. That’s why jonkey works soooo well with them in secret little hidey holes planning and plotting to give away NZ assets. Could you see Lange in this mix – I don’t think so. (Helena Clark yes – sorry to her fans)
        Anyway, US Corp, registered in Puerto Rico is bankrupt so how’s the navy gonna pay for its fuel??? The Russians already proved by the crippling of the US navy’s Donald Cook that it has zero point energy capability. So all the weapons of the 500 + delegates would be rendered useless when and if zero point energy is deployed globally, which the Russians can do. Well dah!!!

  11. Gadflys Dad says:

    I don’t take any notice of what that demented chipmunk Gower says. Didn’t even know he was still breathing. Still on TV3/National is he?

  12. Helena says:

    Here are a few facts about America that few Americans know (including many in our so-called Government, Key excluding):

  13. WILD KATIPO says:

    It is timely that Labour and the Greens are publicly stating they are now going to be working closely together to effect a change of govt.

    We have the housing / poverty crisis.

    We now have this deliberate threat to our anti nuclear legislation.

    Both are now set to haunt this govt right up to 2017.

  14. Mosa says:

    Key keeps pushing!
    I hope the nuke ship visit buries him and the National party.

  15. ike says:

    Washington gets away with whatever it wants because pricks like Patrick Gower refuse to look deeper into what the US security state is doing around the world. Jim Willy a very interesting US commentator says ” You have got to look at them as a criminal enterprise” and I believe he is right. People treat them as though they are normal people with morals and a basic belief in fair play but this is how they control the world. For example. At Hiroshima recently Obama gave a speech full of platitudes about wanting to see the end of nuclear weapons in the world. At the same time he is funding trillions of dollars in upgrading and extending America’s nuclear stockpile. He has also withdrawn from nuclear proliferation treaties with Russia and stationed supposedly defensive anti missile batteries in Romania. They can fire offensive missiles also and the short distance to Russia creates an even greater likelihood of an accidental nuclear war. It also forces Russia to counteract upping the ante in their own way. A news media that was not totally compliant to Washington would be reporting this and Obama would be exposed for the charleton that he is. Instead we get Patrick Gower sucking up to the criminals in Washington.
    Think of them as criminals and events around 9/11, Libya, Syria, Georgia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Argentina, Brazil, Iraq, Paris, and the South China sea all fall into place

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