Are we sleepy hobbits or stupid muppets?
I can’t work it out anymore.
Surely, we need to start asking hard questions about how and why Peter Thiel, the owner of the largest mass surveillance private corporation in the world gained residency in NZ?
NZ officials should release info on US billionaire ‘without delay’
The Internal Affairs Minister wants his department to release secret information about the US billionaire Peter Thiel as soon as possible.
The Department of Internal Affairs has been told it is wrong to keep information about Mr Thiel’s successful citizenship application hidden.
In a nation that is so easy to distract with billionaire boat matches and touring rugby sides, you can appreciate how an issue like this just gets swept under the carpet, but Thiel’s citizenship here raises incredibly large and dangerous questions over how much influence he and his 5 Eyes processing company has over us as a country.
That’s why the external attention Thiel is about to get from a documentary that is being released is so important. This from Rolling Stone magazine...
In part, the unnerving new documentary Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press, is a story of Gawker Media publishing a video of Terry “Hulk Hogan” Bollea, the former pro-wrestler, having sex with Heather Clem, the wife of his once best friend, radio shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. The documentary describes how Bollea sued Gawker for $140 million in Florida for invasion of privacy, legally pursuing the online news website for over four years until their board filed for bankruptcy, sold to Univision, and reached a $31 million settlementlast November.
Director Brian Knappenberger thought the Bollea v. Gawker trial was interesting enough, but he became “earnestly intrigued” once the press revealed that Peter Thiel, a billionaire Silicon Valley venture capitalist, was bankrolling the lawsuit. Thiel’s involvement implied a more serious match was being fought not in a courtroom in Florida, but across the United States.
…the simple truth is that we are too fucking stupid, too sport blinded and too middle-class-property-renovating-food-porn-consumers in this country to even ask these questions and true to form, Kiwi’s only sit up and take notice if the rest of the planet is mocking us for our stupidity.
If the revelations in Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press are true, we have allowed an incredibly dangerous individual to become a citizen who just happens to have a remarkably close commercial relationship with our GCSB and SIS.