18 February 2014
G8 New Alliance condemned as new wave of colonialism in Africa
Critics say landmark initiative to boost agriculture and relieve poverty favours big business to the detriment of small farmers
• Interactive: what promises have been made and where?
Claire Provost, Liz Ford and Mark Tran
A landmark G8 initiative to boost agriculture and relieve poverty has been damned as a new form of colonialism after African governments agreed to change seed, land and tax laws to favour private investors over small farmers.
Ten countries made more than 200 policy commitments, including changes to laws and regulations after giant agribusinesses were granted unprecedented access to decision-makers over the past two years.
The pledges will make it easier for companies to do business in Africa through the easing of export controls and tax laws, and through governments ringfencing huge chunks of land for investment.
The Demise of Christchurch
Submitted on 2014/02/21 at 2:36 PM
Councils in NZ are increasingly infected with Agenda 21 thinking and pressure.
The UN sponsored organisation ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) has penetrated our local government (including Auckland Council, Dunedin City Council, Kapiti Coast District Council, Palmerston North City Council and formerly Christchurch and Hamilton Councils), and our National government has succumbed to Agenda 21 in its legislation and education curriculum.
This real danger which comes from the United Nations and UN Agenda 21, is also the parent of AGW.
Is the UN a dangerous and malignant bureaucracy? My research points to this.
There is no conspiracy as everything is clearly described and published on official websites etc. All we need to do is read it!
Here is an example on Agenda 21 policy on land.
See my highlights in red on page 8
No wonder property rights are being abused in Christchurch under the guise of an earthquake recovery.
Ever consider the Agenda 21 wetlands policy. It works like this. 1. Persuade a farmer to part with a swampy area of his farm and label it a ‘wetlands restoration’. 2. Do nothing and let the wetland ‘recover’ which means the original drainage will block and the wetland/swamp will spread further onto the farmer’s land. 3. If the farmer in desperation clears the drainage problem then fine or gaol him. 4. Observing that there are now further spreading swamps ‘wetlands’ encroaching on said farmers land, well take that land off him too.
Note that this guy once owned the land in question, it is not mentioned how it was transferred to the government. Also willows are mentioned. Willows are not natural in New Zealand and used to be regarded as pests because they block waterways.
In NZ, maybe more than 50% of farms are comprised of more than 90% drained swamp.
Check out the warped thinking on page 12. Re: educating men or women!
My blog has more real life examples!
Please visit both posts.
By Paul Armentano
Mon Dec 23, 2013
2013 will go down on record as one of the most significant years in the history of marijuana law reform. Here’s why:
5. Record number of statewide marijuana reform bills enacted into law
2013 was the busiest legislative season ever for marijuana law reform. Lawmakers in dozens of states debated measures to liberalize state cannabis laws, with lawmakers in nearly a dozen states introducing proposals to legalize the plant outright. In all, some 20 marijuana law reform measures were enacted in 2013 in a dozen states. Of particular note, lawmakers in Colorado and Vermont enacted legislation licensing commercial hemp production, Illinois and New Hampshire legalized the use and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes, Oregon and Nevada okayed regulations allowing for the establishment of medical cannabis distribution facilities, and Oregon and Vermont significantly reduced marijuana possession penalties.
Off the Gird News
February 15, 2014
Smart meters are being forced upon Illinois residents, and those who resist will be forced to pay monthly fines.
The Obama administration began pushing for smart power and a smart grid in 2009. President Obama wanted to use funds from the taxpayer-funded stimulus bill to install 40 million smart meters around the country.
As previously reported by Off The Grid News, the smart meters would allow instantaneous sharing of home electrical usage data with power companies. Opponents of the smart grid devices have cited privacy issues, potential negative health effects, increased cost, and utility company manipulation of electrical usage with the often involuntary installation of the meters. Cyber hacking of smart meters to possibly overload and garner control of significant portions of the power grid is also an often-voiced worry about the smart power initiative.
Soon power and utility companies will be forcing homeowner to have a smart meter install in New Zealand. And the Warrant of Fitness for houses has already came into place; now that Landlords have to have the home to be up to government standards. Now that the people want the government be their Landlord because they can’t trust the land owner. And it will not be long that all houses will require Warrant of Fitness and they will make sure the have the smart meter install. Time for people in New Zealand and around the world to wake up.
Truth on Pot
August 10, 2013
TruthOnPot.com – Cannabigerol happens to be responsible for most of marijuana’s medical effects, but many aren’t aware that this chemical even exists. That’s because CBG works behind the scenes, which scientists have only recently started to investigate.
cbg-ultimate-cannabinoid-2-08-10As it turns out, THC and CBD – the two most common chemicals in marijuana – and other minor cannabinoids all begin as CBG. CBG is non-psychoactive and can be thought of as the “stem cell” of these chemicals. CBG is quickly converted to other cannabinoids by enzymes in the cannabis plant, which explains the low concentration of CBG in most strains.
Environment Ministry’s verdict on the health risks from wireless technology puts the British government to shame.
People should avoid using Wi-Fi wherever possible because of the risks it may pose to health, the German government has said.
Its surprise ruling – the most damning made by any government on the fast-growing technology – will shake the industry and British ministers, and vindicates the questions that The Independent on Sunday has been raising over the past four months.
And Germany’s official radiation protection body also advises its citizens to use landlines instead of mobile phones, and warns of “electrosmog” from a wide range of other everyday products, from baby monitors to electric blankets.
The German government’s ruling – which contrasts sharply with the unquestioning promotion of the technology by British officials – was made in response to a series of questions by Green members of the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament.
Below the Lion
Posted by Sticky Scissors
Feb 19th 2014
The Medical Innovation Bill, a bill to legalize Cannabis in South Africa for medical, economic and industrial purposes, was introduced in parliament today.
The bill was submitted by Member of Parliament, Mario GR Oriani-Ambrosini from the Inkatha Freedom Party. The Medical Innovation Bill aims to make provision for innovations in medical treatments by legalising the use of cannabis for medical, economic and industrial purposes.
Last year Oriani-Ambrosini was diagnosed with stage four, inoperable lung cancer, which forms the background to this bill. People with life-threatening diseases such as cancer are legally denied access to a medicine that they could be growing themselves. Under current legislation, medical practitioners are legally denied the right to prescribe proven to be effective and harmless medication to their patients, which includes cannabis, on the basis that it hasn’t been approved in terms of the legally required double blind clinical studies.
I like to see the same thing here in New Zealand. Because the people should have the right to have access to cannabis for either medical, recreational and industrial purposes; either they want to or not
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
by: J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) American scientists have made a giant leap forward in the realm of energy-efficient nuclear fusion, overcoming a key obstacle to making such reactors a reality.
Researchers have managed to demonstrate that they can now produce more energy than what is put into igniting fuel on an experimental scale, according to the results published in the journal Nature.
And while the actual use of fusion as a source of energy is a ways off, they said, the latest development is nevertheless an important step in reaching that goal.
Marias Farm Country Kitchen
February 19, 2014
Sure, every year is a great year to start a vegetable garden, but this year I kind of realized how Noah must have felt when he decided it might be a good time to build an ark.
I first got the feeling when I saw all the dead and dry fields of California. A little alarm went off that food prices are going to be steep this summer as a result of the drought. Then I read in The New York Times about how even California residents are shopping as usual, not realizing the grave impact of what’s happening in their own backyard.
It all reminded me of what happens when the stock market crashes. It’s a big news headline, but people just go on living their lives until suddenly, they don’t have jobs anymore. It’s months or sometimes years later when it becomes real.
By Simon Collins
9:22 AM Wednesday Feb 19, 2014
Trust says too few high-density zones in city blueprint will keep house prices high
Community housing providers say the latest draft planning rules would make affordable housing impossible in 85 per cent of Auckland.
Auckland Community Housing Network chairman Peter Jeffries says Auckland councillors dealt “a disastrous blow” to young couples seeking their first house by caving in to an intense campaign by existing homeowners against high-density housing in almost all suburban areas.
The current proposed Unitary Plan, approved a month before last October’s council elections, imposes a minimum of at least 200sq m of land per dwelling in all except 15 per cent of the Auckland urban area – the 5 per cent zoned for terraced housing and apartments, and 10 per cent in a three-storey “mixed housing urban” zone around suburban centres and main transport routes.
I found what the Auckland Council is doing is not a good idea and as I look at the Auckland Zoning Rule and with the Rural and Coastal Town and the minimum land size would be almost an acre about 4,000 square meter which at is the about twice the size of the land I’m living on right now.