Category Archives: Economic Bullying


Five books at the Beverly Hills library. Hmmmm…. which one does a man read?

So many books, so little time… what to do. I’ll let you choose. All five are available on Amazon.Com too.

Always read diverse opinions and views. It’s normal.

A lot of these different views aren’t found online, or, on Facebook, or twitter. They’re in Libraries.

These two are housed at the Beverly Hills Public Library, where “Hill Billies” (like me) go to learn about the world and get a clue in California.

BHPL is in my top ten favorite places to ever be, when in Hollywood. A little old lady with a bun (an octogenarian), recommended once that I spend a lot of time here. I did and I thank her for her gift and sharing it with me. This is her most favorite place to visit each week.


~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.4.11~



Blake Skjellerup is an Olympian. He is raising awareness to bullying in high schools. Particularly with youth who identify with being gay.

Bullying of young people should not be in their picture growing up. Yet no one is exempt from stormy weather. Cases of bullying increase, in environments of economic bullying. Communities of young people feel the pressure of their parents to provide in stringently tight economic environments. The young people then go to school and they act out. It’s often that simple.

That needs addressing too perhaps in Blake’s work. This is an economic problem as much as it is a teen bullying problem, the very reason why we have an economic bullying section on this blog, so that the top earning 5-10% of personal earners can speak on the matter, not just schools or governments. The wealthy need to rise to the call of any teen being bullied if they want to and have a heart to.

Not bullying others is about respect and sharing. When we go to war, we agree to bully other people. The basis of this belief to suspend our civility and kill others, at war, is that we ourselves say – we don’t like being bullied. It’s what men do when bullied. At times men (and women) fight back. We can’t then be surprised young people then bully as these are the images they see on the mediascape we provide them.

Minorities are most at risk of being bullied which is why Blake Skjellerup gets a shout out on this blog for doing some good.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.2.11~



At the time of writing, this blog has reached 3,076,123. I write with mixed emotions today.

On one hand, a virtual landscape (this daily blog) has achieved the 3,000,000+ summit in Hollywood, the entertainment capitol of the world. This is something, no other Kiwi of Indigenous Peoples descent (like Avatar‘s story depicts with its creative scripting) has achieved. It perhaps shows that there is interest in such a blog. On the other hand, I observe Indigenous Peoples land rights, water ways rights, mineral rights on landscapes being sold (sometimes legitimately in a fair business like manner and sometimes overtime–in varying shifts of ownership titles changing hands – avoiding just agreements between people) like in the award winning book, . In severe cases of greed, we witness land or water territories (or earth’s resources) confiscation. Sometimes women have been the key actors in the process of confiscation. It needs a word today, because justice centered in adequate human rights governance is being eroded.

Patricia posits that the concept of Heritage, Arts & Culture is a nation’s land. Culture stems from it in dialogue back to a nation’s people. Art then is created from this dialogue. Hollywood’s biggest selling box office film in history depicted Patricia’s truths as a writer.

For example, Patricia writes novels like James Cameron‘s Avatar – but of real people… her own and their concerns with land struggles and equality of justice in laws appearing to be fair and the rather pretentious cue process some people take great pains to weave with a minefield of words and structure to slow down progress of justice being restored. She posited, that Indigenous People should remain on the land, because this ensures that people blinded by a buck as individuals appearing to look good in a moment, do not sell off the heartland of one’s culture – that being the land and its resources – without careful consideration. Patricia may never have had equal access to filmmaking technology and film budgets like James Cameron has across his career, yet Patricia is no Avatar in an Indigenous person’s body. She is the real deal Indigenous Peoples writer, telling similar stories like James Cameron is, using Indigenous Peoples themed story lines to raise awareness of earth preservation and Indigenous Peoples culture, directly linked to Earth preservation. Her words ring like a herald from Hollywood today on this blog. Together, we all share this milestone with her as a Maori-Kiwi storyteller who is worthy of being respected deeply.

I also think of Tonga, a South Pacific principality of beautiful Island dwelling people who are led by a Monarchy – like the UK are. Their culture has survived many storms. It cannot be scuttled and it is our role to strengthen Tonga, Tonga’s people, their spirit’s and their place in the world with humility, justice and most of all considerate friendship towards Polynesian Indigenous Peoples of the South Pacific.

Here’s a St.amp of a lady who knew a thing on two in her day (like Patricia Grace). Her name was Saloti Tupou III. She was 6’3″ tall. She was an outstanding poet, a much loved global figure and a darling of other leaders in the world. My family resided for a time with her people in the Principality of Tonga, a nation whose largeness of spirit – when humble is strong and belies it’s geographical terrain. Saloti’s father’s name was George. She was only 18 when she ascended to the throne and she was a strong friend of Queen Elizabeth II.

Her legacy is a reminder that perhaps we don’t value teenagers voices enough and we need to listen more to what some teens have to say. Both Saloti and Elizabeth did the same thing during some trying years they were called upon as young people and destined to bring stability to the world throughout the years. Patricia Grace and Tonga’s people – are US too, on this blog. The concerns of their people are Indigenous Peoples concerns, always. Their spirit is what we honor and promote in Hollywood today – as balance to the silly games men can sometimes get caught up in and play.

May our presence in the world honor Indigenous People as gifts to humanity with unique worldviews – in both virtual and tangible ways demonstrating respect and equality. Today, I share a moment, from a nation who first gave women equality in the legal system by giving women the right to vote. As a result Aotearoa New Zealand led the world in true democracy that is grounded in good kaupapa and tikanga (principles). Indigenous women therefore in Aotearoa New Zealand and the South Pacific, will always be voices to take heed to and listen to. This is their gift to preserve the world and her people. Few people have a worldview of the depth this people group have to offer being in relationship with inextricable links to landscape, people and place – like such examples of people offered on this blog today as a benefit of the world’s well being and best interests beyond just making bank. Peace!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood, California USA. 4.1.11~



Our reluctant hero story of the day, and the politics of this. Here’s a quick snap shot.

Today I read a headline called “Obama Authorized Secret Support for Libyan Rebels” via The Huffington Post in New York.

In very secret order coded wording (that reads like a Hollywood movies scripting), The Post quotes Reuters writing, “President Barack Obama has signed a secret order [called a Presidential finding] authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday. [The findings] are used to authorize secret operations by the Central Intelligence Agency.

It’s only been an entire month, since it was noted that the Libyan Rebels were wearing distressed denim jeans, of a quality that is only made in Los Angeles. Of course, Obama was supporting these rebels! Truckloads of jeans left the USA of designer quality. The jeans were not made in China. Are the Huffington Post blind? Don’t know their jeans?

Libya is an oil and gold rich nation. “Findings” always occur around such nations. “Findings” (Presidentially signed or not) still do not excuse the USA from acting from a position of being fossil fuels addicted (using more oil, coal etc – then any nation should be disproportionately to other nations living more modestly), yet, often America gets involved in nations that are oil or minerals rich. That’s been the pattern of most military deployments of any kind from the US.

Reuters goes on to say, “The United States is part of a coalition, with NATO members and some Arab states, which is conducting air strikes on Libyan government forces under a U.N. mandate aimed at protecting civilians opposing Gaddafi.” That part is the good part. Many nations have committed to this part of the mission too. Now where do the ‘spoils’ of war’s ‘flow’ go to, and are the Libyan people managing these for their own peoples best interests. Raping people of their own resources with a democratic face of what they themselves are the stewards of, is not democracy. There needs to be strong evidence that Libya is about Libyans being emancipated for their own strategic interests. Otherwise, we did Libya little to no favors – and we certainly were not their friend.  Read the rest of this entry »



[Some guy covers USA Today's Front page. He has a mayor's badge. He's new at his job. He wants to throw the average worker of his State, under the bus, to balance the depleted books he inherited in budget short falls. He's caught in a cross-fire that's an economic fire. His name is Gov. Scott Walker. Is he doing the right thing, or, openly selling out his State's workers too cheaply - Associated Press]

The Associated Press report today, that a little judge, on tour, has put her foot down to temporarily halt of the bill that aims to dismantle unions negotiation power with average American workers. The bill (favored by Republicans and backed heavily by The Koch Brothers) openly aims to strip American workers of labor laws rights, lowering wages of average people in Wisconsin.

One judge says, hold that thought. For now. Her name is Maryann Sumi. Let’s see how she rolls. Read up.

MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin judge for the second time directed the state to put on hold an explosive law that strips most public workers of nearly all their union bargaining rights, ordering officials on Tuesday to follow her original instructions to stand down.

“Apparently that language was either misunderstood or ignored, but what I said was the further implementation of (the law) was enjoined,” said a visibly annoyed Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi. “That is what I now want to make crystal clear.”

Earlier this month, Sumi issued an emergency injunction prohibiting the Wisconsin secretary of state from formally publishing the law – the final step before it could take effect.”

I like Sumi’s stance on the issue. Communities are about people sharing resources to stay strong. When 10% of a nation keep pushing to erode more from the majority of Americans, this is unwise, it’s a recipe for civil war in the future and an uprising of injustice here in the USA, if the greedy, like The Koch’s don’t curb their greed.

Then on the other hand, China, who bypasses a Judge Sumi view, continue to underpay people thus holding (allegedly) a no.1 spot on a global stage of the world economy by doing exactly what the Koch brothers hope to achieve. Busting Wisconsins Unions. Where is the parity in the middle between China’s elite’s politics and American’s richest families – on this one issue of ‘scrapping over lowering labor’s worth’ in Wisconsin?

That’s what this news show is all about really. You can’t help but feel for all, in this raging debate in Wisconsin. I mean Wisconsin are good people. Wisconsin burgers are a hit in Auckland City. Wisconsin has a globally tested culture, people appreciate and support. Doesn’t Scott see this? Just recover the losses a bit slower over recouping strategies with a strategic interest, not a total stripping of man power. Woman power too.

Todd Richmond has the full story of how little Judge Mariann Sumi is putting the brakes on Scott’s strategy as Gov right now. Read it at Chron.Com.

I’m going to have a break for a bit. It’s time to get tacos for dinner in Hollywood. Love them. They remind me of the yummy food in Texas. A little spicy. And they’re affordable. Back in a bit. :)

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.29.11~



As electricity prices get set to soar in a land far far away, the question must be asked from Hollywood today, has Meridian Energy been audited of late?

This company belongs to the New Zealand people, after all. Mostly.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.29.11~



His voice was the thunder of American justice in the newspaper. He spoke of real people and the erosion of their human rights in climates of economic bullying from the elite, killing America–Bob Herbert’s tribute. Photo via Media Gwhatchet.Com

Bob Herbert quit the New York Times. He was described as ‘The Conscience of the Paper’ by his boss. Now The Washington Post‘s E.J Dionne Jr. takes some time, to thank one man’s ability to keep his reporting in reality, for almost two decades. Here’s those words in our Guest Commentary spot of op-ed reporting today within the USA.

New York Times columnist Bob Herbert has written his last New York Times column, but I hope and expect he will stay in the debate. He lived up to the venerable injunction that journalists should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. We need his passion.

More than any other columnist, Bob has stayed on the story of the left-out: the poor, and working people whose incomes have stagnated or fallen through the floor. He heard them out and told their stories. He paid close attention when Washington had a chance to act on their behalf, and when, too often, it missed those opportunities or made things worse. He never pulled punches about the scandal of growing economic inequality in the United States — and in his final column on Saturday, he made sure to remind his readers of how big a scandal it is:

Through much of the post-World War II era, income distribution was far more equitable, with the top 10 percent of families accounting for just a third of average income growth, and the bottom 90 percent receiving two-thirds. That seems like ancient history now.

The current maldistribution of wealth is also scandalous. In 2009, the richest 5 percent claimed 63.5 percent of the nation’s wealth. The overwhelming majority, the bottom 80 percent, collectively held just 12.8 percent. . . .

Overwhelming imbalances in wealth and income inevitably result in enormous imbalances of political power. So the corporations and the very wealthy continue to do well. The employment crisis never gets addressed. The wars never end. And nation-building never gets a foothold here at home.

Miles Rapoport, the president of the progressive think tank Demos, put out a statement that captured Bob’s achievement well:

He listens, truly listens to the stories, lives, and voices of ordinary people. He writes about people unjustly accused by the criminal justice system, of people unjustly victimized by the predatory practices that characterize so much of our economy, of the lives ruined by war.

He writes about what is important, and fundamental, like the people whose dream of a middle class life for themselves and their children is slipping away, and the “unconscionable” ways inequality is eating away at our society and our soul.

He refuses to heed the constraints of the world of “excluded alternatives.” The fact that some ideas– like raising taxes, expanding services for poor and working people, ignoring the deficit hawks in favor of real social investment–are “off the table” in our political debate is exactly why we have needed journalists like Bob to try to expand those boundaries and help us do the right thing as a nation.

Yes, Bob expanded the boundaries. He followed his own star and didn’t care a bit if what he wrote about bore little resemblance to the political agenda that was dominating the capital at any given moment — even as he also sought to move that agenda in more promising directions. I suspect Bob appreciated the Old Testament prophets of justice: Micah, Isaiah and Amos. Bob’s voice thunders, and it is a righteous thunder.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.29.11~



When men and women give their lives for noble and just causes that are fair for the majority of people on earth, this is wisdom.

When men and women give their lives for an elite who revel like pigs in their own injustice, this is not wisdom or humane but stupidity. If one plays the numbers game.–Horiwood.Com

If a man or women holds three weapons at once in a photograph, as opposed to three cheques that have the power to fund three water bores in villages of people in the world who don’t yet have daily access to safe drinking water, is the person holding the weapons or the cheques prolonging life of good people–more the hero or not?


Here’s a story about ‘blood is thicker than water.’

We live in an era where people matter, if they’re dead. Count Von Dracula can count. It’s like a corpse economy as a currency of history’s ghosts. Like double indemnity, cashing in the blood of war’s martyrs to recruit for a new sense of renewed power refueling identity in the blood of democracy.

It’s like a muster. Unless we drink the blood of new people’s live on war’s battlefields we feel like we are losing our place in the world. Or, we have lost our way.  Read the rest of this entry »



Visual – On Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood CA 90069, you can step inside the Directors Guild of America HQ and see some of this nation’s finest directors, photographed on set of their biggest box office films. I always feel extremely calm, when I’m in this building. Lately, I’ve been going there a lot.

Today Words of Journalism to share are – “The current maldistribution of wealth is scandalous. In 2009, the richest 5 percent claimed 63.5 percent of the nation’s wealth.

This inequality, in which an enormous segment of the population struggles while the fortunate few ride the gravy train, is a world-class recipe for social unrest. Downward mobility is an ever-shortening fuse leading to profound consequences.

A stark example of the fundamental unfairness that is now so widespread was in The New York Times on Friday under the headline: “G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether.” Despite profits of $14.2 billion — $5.1 billion from its operations in the United States — General Electric did not have to pay any U.S. taxes last year.

As The Times’s David Kocieniewski reported, “Its extraordinary success is based on an aggressive strategy that mixes fierce lobbying for tax breaks and innovative accounting that enables it to concentrate its profits offshore.”–Bob Herbert is not finished talking about why 10% of America are killing 90% of America, willingly.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.26.11~



The Huffington Post shares today – “NEW YORK — Despite high unemployment and a largely languishing real estate market, U.S. businesses are more profitable than ever, according to federal figures released on Friday.

U.S. corporate profits hit an all-time high at the end of 2010, with financial firms showing some of the biggest gains, data from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis show. Corporations reported an annualized $1.68 trillion in profit in the fourth quarter. The previous record, without being adjusted for inflation, was $1.65 trillion in the third quarter of 2006.

Many of the nation’s preeminent companies have posted massive increases in profits this year. General Electric posted worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, while profits at JPMorgan Chase were up 47 percent to $4.8 billion.”

I am happy for people doing well, as long as corporates do the right thing with their privilege. Job creation. Billionaire philanthropy. All that jazz… it’s up to these select view to do good, or not, with this success story for Corporates. I believe many will.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.25.11~


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Posted by horiwood on March 25, 2011 in America, Economic Bullying, Economy



Voting hot in Hollywood today on this blog is Jarryd Hayne star story in a rescue mission where Hayes, an NRK footballer looked a little bit Dean Cain or Henry Cavill. See Jarryd’s eye brow WTF-ing heroic efforts interview here.

Basically, with his uber hot Polynesian origins in the South Pacific, Jarryd is a hit reality TV series just waiting to happen.

Now Jared’s Paramatta Eels football teammates are taking the mimi, out of Haye’s good efforts. They are likening him to The Hoff (David Hasselhoff) of Baywatch fame days. How Hollywood of them. Love it.

One quote via the Sydney Morning Herald comes via a teammate Luke Burt who notes, “It shows what kind of a man he is to go out there and do something like that” Apparently Jared is betting at surfing then swimming in the training pool for his sports game. This fact was parodied at the press conference when Jarryd’s football captain Nathan Hindmarsh said, ”What he did was awesome; he saved someone’s life.” In down under humorous fashion known to Australia and New Zealand, Nathan had jokingly mocked Hayne by entering the press conference with a kickboard. Lol!

“It’s great that he did something like that for a struggling swimmer. It shows what type of kid he is and what type of man he is to get out and do that. He did a great job,” said Burt of his star teammate who knows how to conduct league football crowds like few can, when he arrives on the football field. 

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New Zealand has gone on record saying the economic weather forecast for this nation is going to be grim until 2013.

The BBC says it this way for the UK. It will be as bad as the 1920′s with how household incomes will feel the pinch. Households can expect 6% less than what they anticipated this year. Taxes will rise, beneficiaries benefits will be slashed. Mean winter moments.

Don’t worry though, there’s a happy event coming up next month on the 29th. That one, will see everyone through this crises in Britain. Against this backdrop of economic um… more simpler times… how could that not be all bright and shiny?

Basically the powers that be are saying… we’re living too fast. Spending too much. Using too much of the world’s energy. We need to be more appreciative and just…. slow it down. Spending time with family and friends is all good. Making them your celebrities is the hot ticket always (but especially in the next two years) is wise.

The full report about the economic impacts for the UK can be read at BBC.

[Jacket, Melrose Ave Fashion, Hollywood]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.21.11~



MSN ask today Are You Being Bullied By Your Boss?

Here’s a look at those thoughts – “The wrath of a bullying boss is something many workers will face during their career. In a 2010 survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute, an organization devoted to raising awareness about bullying in the workplace, 35 percent of workers say they’ve experience bullying firsthand and an additional 15 percent have witnessed it. Most of the time it’s same-gender harassment.

Bing: Know your workplace rights

“A manager who is overly watchful, aggressive and unreasonable in his or her demands can be a workplace bully,” explains Stacy Harris, director of human resources at Bersin & Associates, a research and advisory services firm.

Is your boss the bullying kind? Here’s how to deal: Acknowledge the problem, Don’t let go of your self-esteem, Have a measured response, Present your problems to the right person, Consider switching gears.”

This story is important, because in a global economic crises of any kind, certain factors we’re predetermined economically. The result is people feel financially bullied. Bullying behavior is more common in such an environment.

Read the article in full here. It concludes on ”Often the people who stay are the ones who are too beaten down to see other options for themselves.”

~Posted by Horiwood.Com



Writes The Wrap – ‘The Newspaper’s guild “is calling on unpaid writers of the Huffington Post to withhold their work in support of a strike launched by Visual Arts Source in response to the company’s practice of using unpaid labor.”

So far their request to meet with Ms Huffington has been ignored. Oh dear! It’s on.

When you think about Facebook – it is built the exact same way as Huffington’s website. 100% on the unpaid labor of writers. However, Facebook is not a news website (officially… per se). Makes you think though. Ethics. Paying people. Come on America! Sharing the ‘uber-fabulousness’ with the many people who contribute.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.17.11~



[A word on bullying.-Photo caption - Hoover Law, Maryland]

Alright… we all survived the global economic crises, or, are surviving it again, now that Japan’s earthquake/ nuclear/ tsunami impacts are something we all feel and share too in our economic realities of the world.

The economic crises resulted in a few people (watch the Oscar winning documentary Inside Job) who screwed the majority of people in the world over, by what effectively equated to dishonest economic bullying.

This year, leaders of the world’s favorite pass time is to feign shock at the rising statistics of child bullying occurring in classrooms and schools as a trend of social behavior. It’s a real problem. Experts (instead of blaming the economic bullies of the world), blame social media culture. Bullying breeds bullying and it’s a top down trickle effect that creates it. I think we need to see bullying through an economic lens, to solve it. Or through a who needs fossil fuels/ rare earth minerals the most, lens too. That helps solve who the bullies of the world are too.

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“When gas is at $5 a gallon and the minimum wage is at $5 too, this current government has done nothing but further Bush policies. It’s not what we voted for. Democracy has been made a farce of. I’m not enchanted by this government so far.”–Jaden, 49 Financial Management Executive, California.

Well… at least that’s an honest view. This is Hollywood today.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.16.11~



Michelle Obama says, “As parents it breaks our heart that any child feels afraid in the classroom or online.”

FLOTUS says to get involved with schools. Find out what your kids are up to.

I love this conversation. Timely.

The greatest problem of bullying in America is economic bullying. All other bullying and kinds of bullying behavior, are a reflection of what’s happened to the average American in this economy.

I like Mrs Obama’s words on “compassion” being needed.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.10.11~