I’m ever grateful to Josh del Sol’s production of this video, made at his own expense, illustrative of the passion some people have for social justice. They stick their necks out to warn the public when it would be easier not to. It was my first eye opener to the hidden dangers of smart (dumb) meters, cleverly named to make you think they are the experts. They are not. This meter is not compulsory in NZ, remember this when you are told you have to have one. You don’t. See stopsmartmeters nz website for info on that, and see also our Smart Meter pages for other info and videos on topic.
The 2013 NSA spying scandal exposed vast programs to monitor your personal communications. Now, energy utilities and governments are reaching into your own home, through fast-tracked “smart” meters and spy-ready technology. But what if you have a choice? At stake is in-home surveillance, increased bills, emerging health risks and more hacking vulnerabilities. With compelling insight from whistleblowers, researchers, government agents, lawyers, doctors and environmentalists, the award-winning documentary Take Back Your Power takes us on a journey to expose corporate and government corruption and erosion of rights in the name of “smart” and “green.” What you’ll discover will surprise, unsettle and empower you. Watch “Take Back Your Power” now: http://takebackyourpower.net FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/TakeBackYourPower TWITTER: http://twitter.com/TBYPfilm Produced & Directed by: Josh Del Sol Featuring: B. Blake Levitt, Foster Gamble, Bill Vander Zalm, Jeffrey Armstrong, Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, James Turner esq, Dr. David O. Carptenter, Viginia Farver, Ian R. Crane, Michael Mitcham, Cal Washington, Anura Lawson. This film clip contains material used pursuant to fair use doctrine under 17 U.S.C. 107 and has been vetted by an experienced clearance attorney. The award-winning documentary Take Back Your Power uncovers the shocking story behind why hundreds of local governments are standing against the multi-billion dollar rollout of ‘smart’ utility meters. Take a journey of revelation, examining evidence of in-home privacy invasions, systemic over-billing, extortion, health & environmental harm, fires and unprecedented hacking vulnerability. And be inspired by emerging solutions. With compelling insight from whistleblowers, government agents, lawyers, doctors, researchers and environmentalists, Take Back Your Power investigates the claimed benefits and emerging risks of a profit-based global initiative that seeks to change the way we live. What you’ll discover will surprise, unsettle and ultimately empower you. https://takebackyourpower.net/
Are we surprized at this? A regime that didn’t count its first peoples citizens of their own country until 1967? And the Aussie Vet who blew the whistle now, predictably, has no job. Great stuff Australia.
An experienced live export vet has given ABC’s 7.30 a glimpse into the conditions endured by animals on live export ships — and it’s not a pretty picture.
IMAGE: Dr Lynn Simpson
In addition to the stress of the unfamiliar environment, noise and constant ship movement, at the typical high stocking density of a long haul voyage, it is not usually possible for all animals to lie down naturally at the same time. Stocking densities allowed by Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) are much higher than any land-based feedlot or intensive housing system.
IMAGE: Dr Lynn Simpson
Adequate sawdust or other soft bedding to rest on is not available to cattle on board a live export ship. Some sawdust provisions are required but they are not nearly sufficient, leaving animals travelling on hard, non-slip surfaces which can often result in painful abrasions, lameness and injury. Australian standards only indicate that bedding should be replaced “as necessary” leaving this decision in the hands of exporters.
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We have posted previously on the Rocket Lab. (For other articles on topic use the search box). Partnering / funded with / by defense contractor Lockheed Martin, the NZ Govt (which note, is a corporation) and now ACC (also a corporation)? This is something I’m watching. The article below is from thespinoff.co.nz
Ollie Neas | Guest writer Investigation
Rocket Lab is a celebrated New Zealand success story, with a stated mission to open access to space and improve life on Earth. Yet many of its key contracts are with the US military and their suppliers. Ollie Neas reports on the dark side of a local business hero.
Last Friday Rocket Lab announced that it had secured US$140m (NZ$206m) in new funding from a range of investors, including the publicly-owned ACC.
After a launch the Sunday before, this announcement marked the second time in a week that hundreds of international media outlets took notice of Rocket Lab and, by extension, New Zealand.
At home, though, the issue has been whether New Zealand deserves more of the credit for the billion-dollar company’s success, with Chris Keall in the New Zealand Herald querying descriptions of Rocket Lab as an “American start-up”.
However, there is another side to Rocket Lab, one that raises questions about New Zealand’s – and ACC’s – support for the company.
Last month, a Pentagon research program called Insect Alliesburst into the public conversation after a team of research scientists and legal scholars published an article detailing their concerns and critiques of the project in Science magazine. Insect Allies is run by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA), and was announced in 2016 with the stated goalof “pursuing scalable, readily deployable, and generalizable countermeasures against potential natural and engineered threats to the food supply with the goals of preserving the U.S. crop system”. As indicated by its eponymous project name, the Insect Allies research program seeks to develop insects that carry gene editing viruses, allowing for rapid genetic modification of plant food sources. The Insect Allies program exemplifies both the pros and cons of DARPA work. The described project leapfrogs current technological paradigms, promoting a next stage of synthetic…
International aid group Save the Children said Wednesday that an estimated 85,000 children under age 5 may have died of hunger and disease since the outbreak of Yemen’s civil war in 2015. Calling the estimate ’conservative’, the group said this was based on average mortality rates for Severe Acute Malnutrition, that’s affected more than 1.3 million children since the beginning of the war.
“The US Forest Service’s C-119s were grounded in 1987 due to safety concerns. In need of aircraft to fight forest fires, the US Forest Service organized a deal with DOD and the GSA to exchange the grounded aircraft for C-130A and P-3 Orion aircraft for C-119s.
Gary Eitel, a Washington lawyer and Vietnam pilot who flew CIA missions in the late 1980s, blew the whistle on the aircraft swap program by filing hot line complaints with USDA and a qui tam lawsuit (A qui tam lawsuit allows private citizens to sue on behalf of the government). Eitel alleged that the swaps were illegal and the former military aircraft were used by the CIA in covert operations to fly cocaine into the…
I contacted both DOC and the Council yesterday. Two drugged pigeons were pecked to death yesterday afternoon on Rothesay Bay Beach, amid another 3 carcasses. There was a dead seagull further down the beach and a dead penguin. I was concerned not just about the cruelty to the pigeons but also with impact on the food chain; other wildlife, dogs and children on the beach. The Council Actionline said it was not their area and put me on to DOC. DOC have advised this morning that they and the council and police are aware of the situation and it is suspected to be a poison, alphachloralose, aimed at the pigeons. I would observe that the poisoning is still occurring, so be aware of this if you are going to the Browns Bay or Rothesay Bay beaches. I cannot imagine who would think this is an ok thing to do!
It is so disturbing to witness this cruelty in our beautiful neighbour hood. Early evening yesterday dead birds in clear view by the playground and beach at Rothesay also seagull pecked remains. Young family’s on their beach walks so upset to see this 😔
Browns Bay resident and co-ordinator of the local community group Friends of Sherwood, Tricia Cheel, is not so sure that it can be attributed to alphachloralose if a pigeon carcass has made a cat so ill and indeed if the penguin also died of poison, and notes that the council has recently also deposited many bait stations along the beach front, and even playgrounds in these areas, and she is presently nursing a young wood pigeon that was found on Saturday night unable to fly and very unbalanced and distressed.
(Image to left) Named Boris he (or she?) will be available for interview by appointment only!
Note the golden tufts of baby feathers and contemplate how anyone in their right mind would risk harming him / her.
Whatever the truth of the matter is it is but a mere whiff of the full horror of having these poisons used so freely throughout the country and Friends of Sherwood say that their proposed Citizens Initiated Referendum to ban all cruel and inhumane poisons is long overdue and look forward to the question being put to all New Zealand voters just as soon as possible.
Unfortunately it will take time to collect the 320,000 signatures needed but it is hoped that the whole process may be circumvented sooner rather than later, by Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, who has said her government embodies kindness as well as strength, and it gives her the opportunity to demonstrate both those characteristics by acting immediately to put an end to the torture thousands of animals suffer every day, both in suburbia and in the wild.
The proposal complies with the requirements of the House of Representatives and the Office of the Clerk has advised that the question will go out for public comment on Wednesday 21st November by way of advertisements in national newspapers and notification in the New Zealand Gazette.
People will have until 11th January to comment on the wording with the final question being determined by 7th February 2019; after which time Friends of Sherwood will have 12 months to collect the necessary signatures of 10% of all eligible voters.
Co-ordinator of the group since it began in June 1990, Tricia Cheel says that although they twice successfully delayed the drop of 1080 poison in the Hunuas with interim injunctions, it eventually went ahead leaving two more families devastated by the cruel loss of their beloved dogs, and further down the line a further 8 cows were gruesomely tortured to death by this same poison dropped indiscriminately by helicopter, while countless more animals suffered agonizing deaths, mostly unseen and unheard, in the forests.
Banning the deadly 1080 poison will only go part way to addressing the problem since as more and more animals are demonised in the headlong rush to be predator free by 2050, many more animals are set to suffer similar fates with other equally cruel poisons, including brodifacoum, pindone, cholecalciferol and PAPP, with the latter specifically targeting cats.
The unfortunate by-kill includes many of the species that are purportedly being ‘protected’, but even without that inconvenient truth, as the question states, the intense and prolonged suffering these poisons inflict can never be justified.
First, there are the schemes they spring on the public out of nowhere haphazardly in the hopes that the speed of the event along with some shock and awe will confuse the masses and make them psychologically pliable. This strategy loses effectiveness quickly, though; the longer the plan takes to implement, the more time the people have to reconsider what is actually happening and why.
Second, there are schemes they slowly implant in the collective psyche of the citizenry over many years, much like subliminal messaging or hypnosis. This strategy is designed to make…
Free speech is increasingly imperiled as nations around the world turn to authoritarianism, which comes packaged as everything from iron-fisted dictatorial rule to coercive “progressivism.”
One thing every brand of authoritarianism has in common is speech codes. Dissenting ideas dilute authority, so they must be suppressed. We should be thankful for the free speech that remains, and rise from our Thanksgiving tables prepared to fight for it.
Our political speech is soggy with endless calls to “fight” for various “rights,” few of which bear any resemblance to what America’s founders considered to be inalienable rights. One important clue to their thinking is that rights were seen as something an unjust government could take away from citizens by force, not something benevolent governments present to citizens as a gift.
Freedom of speech was codified as the first of those rights because preserving the others is impossible without the ability to…
Bill Benfield writes in his book The Third Wave (pp 76-77), on the use of brodifacoum poison, an anti-coagulant used by the Department of Conservation in NZ to kill pests. It is seen under the trade names of Talon and Havoc. An animal may get a small sub-lethal dose of brodifacoum, and later more doses until a critical poison level is reached & the victim dies. A single sub lethal dose however can remain with an animal for its whole life. Brodifacoum has a half life of 157 days in the soil. Some insects can consume brodifacoum baits and have no ill effect but of course if they are part of a bird’s diet they can be catastrophic.
As DoC do not monitor insects before and after brodifacoum operations, the consequences of their activities on endangered species is unknown.
This is how it was that the Auckland Regional Council poisoned nearly 60% of the resident population of endangered North Island dotterel at Tawharanui Regional Park in 2004: through eating brodifacoum baits and poisoned sand-hoppers!
When I read of these incidents I’m always left pondering as to whether the NZ agencies that purport to be saving our native birds are actually being truthful?
Connect the dots here…
1) DoC doesn’t monitor insects before & after poisoning operations
2) Insects eat brodifacoum
3) Dotterel EAT insects
4) 60%, in this instance, of the already endangered dotteral population dies
SURVEYS SHOW THE UNMISTAKABLE TREND! 32% KIWIS OPPOSED TO 1080 POISON IN 2001 85% KIWIS OPPOSED TO 1080 POISON IN 2018
By Carol Sawyer
The opinion polls show what is happening. A ‘Marlborough Express’ poll in September, 2018, showed 85% of nearly 4,000 people want 1080 BANNED.
The comments poll on ‘The Project NZ’ also in September, revealed even higher figures against 1080.. almost 90%.
The protests on September 8th, 2018, nationwide, despite being made up of mainly rural dwellers, had over 5,000 people out in the streets, in 45 townships, towns and cities!
Watch the video!!!
Here is the progression, according to surveys and polls:
In November, 2001, 32% were opposed to aerial 1080 poison.
In 2007, 43% were opposed and 12% were undecided.
In 2009, 43% were opposed and 14% undecided
In June 2016, a DoC survey of 4,200 people showed 61% were opposed to aerial poison.
In September, 2018, 85 % of 3,900 people in a ‘Marlborough Express’ survey wanted 1080 banned.
On October 29, 2017, I wrote :
NEARLY TWO THIRDS OF NEW ZEALANDERS ARE NOT COMFORTABLE ABOUT AERIAL 1080 POISONING !
See page 8 of the 2016 DoC survey below. This was a survey of 4200 people, in June 2016 :
“The spread of poison bait and herbicides via aircraft are methods of pest control that the majority of the public do not feel comfortable using.”
This figure of 61de% of New Zealanders not happy with aerial poisoning is up from 43 % seven years previously. I suspect the figure will be a lot higher now.
Also, 72% of those surveyed do NOT see deer as a major conservation threat !
It makes the current spate of attacks on the credibility of anti-1080 people by DoC staff, and Director-General of Conservation Lou Sanson, more understandable. Opposition to their massive 1080 poisoning programme is becoming a very big worry for the authorities
Here is the relevant section from a Royal Society Journal with regard to figures in 2009, (43% opposed, 14% undecided).
That document’s link is below the excerpt, and is well worth a look. It is called “Opposition to aerial 1080 poisoning for control of invasive mammals in New Zealand: risk perceptions and agency responses”!!!
“Public concerns over risks and agency messages”
Within the last decade public opposition to the use of 1080 has risen. A national survey in November 2001 (UMR 2001 UMR 2001 . Omnibus results: favourability rating and support for 1080 use (November 2001) . UMR Research Limited , Auckland , , New Zealand . [Google Scholar]) found that 52% of the general public supported 1080 use while 32% were opposed. A UMR Omnibus survey in 2007 asked the question ‘Do you support or oppose the use of 1080 poison to control the impact of possums on native forests and birds, and to control the spread of tuberculosis?’ Only 45% of respondents supported use and 43% opposed, with 12% undecided (Harry Broad, pers. comm. 2009). When asked this question in April 2009, after the ERMA hearings, 43% supported its use, 43% opposed, and 14% were undecided (Harry Broad, pers. comm. 2009). Māori were much less supportive than non-Māori. Although the applicants had hoped that presenting new information on 1080 would reduce public concerns, the extensive ERMA re-assessment process had not done so. Public opinion on any given topic can be influenced by many factors, but ERMA had identified that users of 1080 were partly responsible due to poor communication and consultation practices.”
A California consumer has sued Quaker Oats for failing to disclose that 17 of their products contain the world’s most used weed killer, glyphosate.
Morgan Steckler, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on October 26th in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against PepsiCo Inc. and The Quaker Oats Co. Inc. citing the Consumers Legal Remedies Act and Unfair Competition Law.
This latest lawsuit follows similar recent cases filed against General Mills and Bob’s Red Mill over glyphosate contamination of their products. Glyphosate is a ‘known carcinogen’ according to the State of California.
General Mills is facing a potentially damaging class action lawsuit after a Florida woman accused it of engaging in deceptive business practices, by not alerting the public that their Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios cereals contain the weed killer.
According to the Quaker Oats complaint, the defendants…
Background: In November of 2013 rumors were spreading from sources, namely Dr. James Garrow, that three nuclear weapons had been taken from Dyess Air Force Base near Abilene, Texas, without proper security signatures, and by major breach of protocol and safety regulations. The narrative was that the Obama administration arranged for the misappropriation of these nukes for nefarious purposes, involving use against the American people, with the suspected target being the people of South Carolina, and the intent being a horrific false flag event to justify further totalitarian controls of this country.
As related by Garrow in a Facebook post on November 18 2013, somehow these nukes changed hands, and at least 2 Army Generals and 1 Navy Admiral, whose duties included the safeguarding and oversight of the nuclear arsenal, are to be congratulated for saving America from horrific outcome. The Admiral reportedly…
A 10 minute clip interviewing “Dr. Thomas Levy, [cardiologist], discusses a topic from his recent book on root canals. Find out why he thinks the common procedure can be very dangerous and can actually lead to serious health problems down the road, [including heart attacks]. He mentions some interesting studies and examples that might make you think before getting a root canal yourself.” http://www.ihealthtube.comhttp://www.facebook.com/ihealthtube
Here are two more compelling short videos from Medical Doctors on the topic:
http://www.ihealthtube.com Dr. Hal Huggins offers a safe alternative to root canals. He explains why they are dangerous and why it’s been hard to convince the dental association and others of that.
“In this educational video Dr. Matthew Carpenter illustrates the safe removal of a root canal tooth.” He also explains why you should consider not getting one.
Note: Dr Hal Huggins’ research identified the dangers of amalgam (mercury) fillings however the American…
“The UN’s Brundtland Commission on Global Governance described Sustainable Development as “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future.” “
Have you seen anything sustainable going on since the introduction of these plans in the early ’90s? I see worse pollution, bad financial management, councils up to their necks in debt, homelessness, poverty & a corresponding growth in fascist behaviour by governments, Central & Local, not to mention the suppression of free speech & true democracy. Time to wake up & see what’s really going down.
“We are at present working discreetly, with all our might, to wrest this mysterious force called sovereignty out of the clutches of the local nation states of the world. And all the time we are denying with our lips what we are doing with our hands.” Arnold Toynbee – International Affairs, p.809, November 1931
And this fly over, one week before Obama’s visit? What is going on? This entourage consisted solely of international bankers from all over the world it’s reported.
What were the heads of DoCand the ‘bank that rules the world’ out purveying pristine South Island sights for? And what does Goldman Sachs have to do with the conservation of NZ’s flora and fauna? As we found out last century, the predatory funding of the banking fraternity comes with conditions. Doesn’t bode well in my opinion.
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