‘Tea-break’ employment bill becomes law

NZ Herald
30 October 2014

A law which takes away the legal right to a tea break and weakens collective bargaining has taken line honours as the first law change passed in National’s third term, squeaking into law by 62 votes to 58.

The Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with support from National, Act and United Future despite strong oppostion from Labour, the Greens, NZ First and the Maori Party. It is the first piece of legislation to be passed by the new Parliament.

National has argued that it allow for more flexibility in the labour market. However, Labour’s Iain Lees-Galloway said it broke Prime Minister John Key’s election night promise to govern in in the interests of all New Zealanders. Continue reading ‘Tea-break’ employment bill becomes law

The 7 Most Dangerous Excitotoxins

Global Healing Center
30 September 2014

If you’ve ever felt compelled to take another bite, despite feeling full, the problem may not be a lack of self control. In fact, the issue may not even be with you at all as it’s very likely that an excitotoxin is the culprit. These non-essential amino acids stimulate or “excite” the umami or savory taste buds making food seem more flavorful than it really is. These compounds are abundant in most processed foods and restaurant meals, and many people are unknowingly consuming these compounds in large amounts on a daily basis.

Know Your Food

Despite public outcry, processed foods remain loaded with excitotoxins, all of which have been linked to brain cell death, infertility, problems with sexual development, violent behaviors, and hormonal disorders. Here’s a list of the 7 most dangerous excitotoxins you need to avoid. Continue reading The 7 Most Dangerous Excitotoxins

Jane Kelsey: TPP deal keeps disappearing down rabbit hole

NZ Herald
30 October 2014

Alice in Wonderland said: “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, and everything would be what it isn’t.” She could well have been describing the current state of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

Trade ministers from the 12 participating countries met in Sydney over the weekend. Their official statement repeated the upbeat rhetoric of the past three years: “The shape of an ambitious, comprehensive, high standard and balanced deal is crystallising” and the ministers are now “passing the baton” to their chief negotiators to carry out their instructions. New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser talked of “significant progress” taking them “within sight of a finish line”.

That finish line keeps disappearing into the distance.

In June when US President Barack Obama met Prime Minister John Key, Obama foreshadowed a grand announcement when the TPP leaders were due to meet on the margins of Apec on November 10-11. Their meeting is now expected to be low key.

There could be a diplomatic justification for that. China is hosting this year’s Apec meeting and the TPP has been touted in the US as a counterfoil to China’s rising power in the Asia Pacific region, often using inflammatory language. But if that was the reason, the leaders could meet in a nearby country en route to the East Asia summit in Burma or before the G20 summit in Brisbane a few days later. Apparently they are not.

The more credible reason is they have nothing to announce. Yet another missed deadline is an embarrassment, especially for Obama. Hence, the low profile.

The talks have been going for 4 years. The novelty and risks of the TPP rest in the majority of chapters that are not about old-fashioned trade. So it is ironic that everything hinges on a deal on agriculture and automobiles between the elephants in the room, the US and Japan. Despite intense negotiations for more than a year, they remain poles apart.

The agreement will soon face a problem of momentum as well as credibility. The technical work on the 29 chapters is almost done. Disagreements in the most controversial areas – the impact of intellectual property on medicines and the internet, state-owned enterprises, foreign investors’ rights to sue, financial regulation and capital controls, labour and environment – have been narrowed to the point that they require political decisions. Most chapters will need only two or three more meetings.

Once that technical work is done, the plurilateral TPP process could go into hibernation until the US and Japan agree, if they ever do.

That is a big worry for Groser. In a bizarre twist on the notorious secrecy of these talks, neither he nor the other nine countries actually knows the details of what Japan and the US are discussing. That remains confidential to them, even though the entire agreement hinges on it.

Groser is clearly concerned that the US and Japan will reach a deal and present it as a fait accompli, just as the US and European Union did in the late stages of the Uruguay round of the Gatt in 1992.

The rest will have to live with it and accept whatever they are offered or be blamed for collapsing the deal.

That is consistent with Japan’s current approach. Its recent offer to New Zealand on agriculture reportedly falls far below what the Government and farming sector consider acceptable.

Last Sunday on TV3’s The Nation Groser put the chance of there not being a deal acceptable to New Zealand at 25 per cent. Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings expressed doubts that the TPP would ever be concluded.

I can’t see this minister walking away from a mega-deal that he sees as his brainchild. New Zealanders will be told the TPP is too important for us not to be a part, and that any costs are just a fact of life. Alice would feel perfectly at home.

Jane Kelsey is a law professor at the University of Auckland.

– NZ Herald

My Conclusion:
No country and government shall be given away to the Cooperation’s interest. No Government should be allow to progress or hinder businesses of any size. TPP (Tran Pacific Partnership) is about Cooperation progression and about hindering competition. Here in New Zealand the government have been taken over same way as the US government have taken over by took Cooperate Organization who have the desire to cause harm. How did that happen? the people have been brainwashed by the media, education and religion. How we can stop ourselves from being brainwashed firstly we got to have commonsense, secondly to be able to think for yourself, and finally say to yourself “I’m a human being my life have value.” TPP is anti human progress and never about making the economy better for the public. Unless we can prevent or delay the TPP from taking place we may have no future.

Home National CHILD-POVERTY-NZ Child Poverty Stagnating Under National

29 October 2014

Child poverty rates in New Zealand are “stagnating”, having barely changed since 2008, an international report by UNICEF says.

This is despite other countries of a similar size reducing their child poverty rates since the global financial crisis, the Children of the Recession report, released today, said.

The UNICEF figures also showed youth unemployment has increased and more New Zealanders admit they do not have enough money to buy food.

The Children of the Recession report studied the impact of the global economic crisis on child wellbeing in 41 Organisation for Economic co-operation and Development (OECD) and European Union countries.

New Zealand ranked 16th in terms of its progress in reducing child poverty. The top three countries were Chile, Poland and Australia. Continue reading Home National CHILD-POVERTY-NZ Child Poverty Stagnating Under National

Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spying

NZ Herald
21 October 2014

The Waihopai Valley Satellite Station. Photo / Mark Mitchell

The $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the Five Eyes surveillance club with the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, according to a de-classified report.

The report says the money pays for our spies to do a few “niche” tasks well and to use our international partners to do the rest.

The “Murdoch Report” was written by former diplomat and senior public servant Simon Murdoch in 2009 for the State Services Commissioner and classified secret because of the details contained about New Zealand’s spy agencies. Continue reading Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spying

Ebola Can Spread by Air in Cold Weather

Ebola can spread by air in cold, dry weather common to the U.S. but not West Africa, presenting a “possible, serious threat” to the public, according to two studies by U.S. Army scientists.


My Conclusion:
Just like the flu; Ebola by air in cold weather when temperatures is below 45°F (7°C) according to two studies by US Army scientist; when the temperature get high in the summer the Sun UV ray is stronger it kill the virus. Pay to keep yourself healthy.

Trans-Pacific Partnership taking shape behind closed doors, Andrew Robb says

The Guardian
25 October 2014

Australia’s trade minister says the free trade deal should be concluded by the year’s end

Trade minister Andrew Robb says the Trans-Pacific Partnership should be concluded by the end of the year. Photograph: Xinhua /Landov / Barcroft Media

The trade minister, Andrew Robb, says the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement is starting to take shape and should be concluded by year’s end.

The deal would send a signal about the importance of the Asia-Pacific region, especially during a time of economic and geopolitical instability, Robb told ministers from 12 nations involved in negotiating the pact in Sydney on Saturday. Continue reading Trans-Pacific Partnership taking shape behind closed doors, Andrew Robb says

African farmers fight against Gates Foundation’s attempts to implement ecologically destructive industrial agriculture

Natural New
27 October 2014

(NaturalNews) One of Africa’s biggest struggles in regard to farming is the soil’s lack of nutrients, a factor that’s exacerbated famine across the continent. Together, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation shared a particular interest in “reducing poverty and hunger in Africa” through a program called the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

Launched in 2006, the $180 million five-year program sought to provide African farmers with Western-style agricultural techniques, including reliance on fertilizer and weedkillers and planting single crops, such as corn.

AGRA concentrated efforts on setting up 9,000 dealers within 5 kilometers of farmers to sell them agricultural supplies, primarily chemical fertilizers, reports NewScientist. Nearly 3,000 inspectors were appointed under the initiative to monitor soil health and advise farmers on how much fertilizer to use.

While some African farmers say their yields have doubled under AGRA, others beg to differ.

African farm activists say Gates Foundation’s Western-style agricultural practices are further depleting soil nutrients and killing beneficial microbes with chemical fertilizers

Activists who work with small farmers in Kenya, such as Daniel Maingi, say the “Green Revolution” is a “flawed attempt to impose industrial agriculture at the expense of more ecologically sound approaches to farming,” according to a report by the Seattle Times.

Maingi and other activists from Zimbabwe, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Ethiopia brought their concerns to a Town Hall event in Seattle on October 12 in hopes of connecting with high-up orchestrators of AGRA. Continue reading African farmers fight against Gates Foundation’s attempts to implement ecologically destructive industrial agriculture

Key To Push Through Bill Removing Rights To Smoko Breaks

Wake Up NZ
October 27, 2014

Far-reaching workplace reforms, including moves touted by opponents as scrapping meal breaks and smokos, were given prime billing in Parliament last week in a symbolic show of strength by the incoming Government.

Opposition MPs slowed down the new law’s passage, but it is heading for a final reading on Tuesday, making it the first law to hit the statute books in John Key’s third term. Continue reading Key To Push Through Bill Removing Rights To Smoko Breaks