Water Not A Human Right Says Detroit Judge!

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Just in case you’re wondering about water privatisation!
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes on Monday refused to block the city from shutting off water to delinquent customers for six months, saying there is no right to free water and Detroit can’t afford to lose the revenue.
Rhodes’s order served as a stinging rejection of arguments made by thousands of protesters who staged rallies last summer fighting shutoffs and argued that there is a fundamental right to water service.
“There is no such right or law,” Rhodes said.
A six-month ban on water shut-offs would boost the rate of customer defaults and threaten Detroit’s revenue, the judge added.
“The last thing (Detroit) needs is this hit to its revenues,” the judge said.
Rhodes issued his ruling after two days of hearings last week and said he lacked the power to issue a water shut-off moratorium. Regardless, a lawyer for 10 residents…

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The TPPA’s Dirty Little Secret: How US could write NZ’s Laws

Open your Eyes
13 August 2014

Press Release: Professor Jane Kelsey: A new website launched today http://tppnocertification.org/ has exposed what University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey calls ‘the dirty little secret of the TPPA’.

‘Behind the seemingly benign term “certification” hides an extraordinary power that the US is expected to assert if the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is concluded’.

‘Effectively, the US claims the right to decide what a country’s obligations are under a trade and investment agreement and refuses to bring the agreement into force in relation to that country until it has changed its laws, regulations and administrative processes to fit the US interpretation’, Professor Kelsey explained. Continue reading The TPPA’s Dirty Little Secret: How US could write NZ’s Laws

RSS shows no global warming for 17 years 10 months

Watts Up With That?

After a one-month pause in the lengthening of the pause, the lengthening pause is lengthening again

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

Taking the least-squares linear-regression trend on Remote Sensing Systems’ satellite-based monthly global mean lower-troposphere temperature dataset, there has been no global warming – none at all – for 17 years 10 months. This is the longest continuous period without any warming in the global instrumental temperature record since the satellites first watched in 1979. It has endured for more than half the entire satellite temperature record. Yet the lengthening Pause coincides with a continuing, rapid increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration.

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“A Corporate Trojan Horse”: Obama Pushes Secretive TPP Trade Pact, Would Rewrite Swath of U.S. Laws

http://www.democracynow.org – As the federal government shutdown continues, Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Asia for secret talks on a sweeping new trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP is often referred to by critics as “NAFTA on steroids,” and would establishing a free-trade zone that would stretch from Vietnam to Chile, encompass 800 million people — about a third of world trade and nearly 40 percent of the global economy. While the text of the treaty has been largely negotiated behind closed doors and until June, kept secret from Congress, more than 600 corporate advisors reportedly have access to the measure, including employees of Halliburton, and Monsanto. “This is not mainly about trade,” says Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. “It is a corporate trojan horse. The agreement has 29 chapters, and only five of them have to do with trade. The other 24 chapters either handcuff our domestic governments — limiting food safety, environmental standards, financial regulation, energy and climate policy — or establishing new powers for corporations.”

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TPP deadline moves again

29 September 2014

Another self-imposed deadline to agree a Pacific-wide trade deal appears to be crumbling.

US President Barack Obama aimed to reach agreement on the controversial 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) by the time Asia-Pacific leaders met at APEC in Beijing in November.

That relied heavily on the outcome of bi-lateral talks between the United States and Japan, the world’s first and third largest economies.

However latest talks in Washington last week ended in stalemate, with neither side able to come to an agreement on reducing trade barriers for sensitive goods like beef and pork.

The other 10 TPP countries, including New Zealand, are unwilling to make concessions until they see what the two big players offer first.

The stalemate raises questions about what type of progress can be achieved at planned meetings between officials, and then trade ministers, in Australia late next month, which take place before the APEC meeting. Continue reading TPP deadline moves again

UN Climate-Smart Revolution Begins With Agricultural Land Grabs

Occupy Corporatism
September 26, 2014

Bruce Campbell, director of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is interested in South Asian farmers reducing “the amount of water needed for their rice crops by 25 to 30%” to facilitate a new climate-smart revolution (CSR) to agriculture.

CIGAR is focused on bringing the ideals of CSR, as promoted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) who claims that in the next 30 years, “world population will require a 60 percent increase in total agricultural production” due to overpopulation and destruction by man-made climate change. Continue reading UN Climate-Smart Revolution Begins With Agricultural Land Grabs

Medical martial law declared in Sierra Leone; Ebola victims hunted like fugitives in house-to-house searches

Natural News
September 19, 2014

(NaturalNews) EBOLA ALERT: Medical martial law has now been declared in Sierra Leone while the government conducts a house-to-house hunt for Ebola victims who are being treated like “medical fugitives.”

“Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three days starting Friday,” declared the Associated Press today. [1]

The outlandish cover story for this medical quarantine operation that will invade the homes of private citizens in an Ebola victim fugitive hunt is that volunteers will be handing out bars of soap. As the AP reports: Continue reading Medical martial law declared in Sierra Leone; Ebola victims hunted like fugitives in house-to-house searches

Sierra Leone announces indefinite citizen lockdown: two million people forced into endless quarantine as food price

Natural News
September 26, 2014

(NaturalNews) High-density population areas of Sierra Leone have just been locked down in the largest pandemic quarantine in history, and it’s already causing a collapse of the food delivery infrastructure. The local government says forced isolation orders will remain in effect until Ebola is eradicated. This essentially means that millions of people are now under a state of military quarantine until they either become immune to Ebola or die from it. Continue reading Sierra Leone announces indefinite citizen lockdown: two million people forced into endless quarantine as food price