zaterdag 21 november 2009

dig up family graves in order to make way for the first Disneyland in mainland China

Mickey Mouse has met an unexpected obstacle on his chirpy march to bring Walt Disney’s consumer culture into China — ancestor worship.
Amid rice fields and bamboo groves south of Shanghai, hundreds of villagers are resisting plans to dig up family graves in order to make way for the first Disneyland in mainland China.
“It’s harder than persuading them to move out of their homes,” lamented one of three local officials charged with the task.
“A house just equals money but to disturb the forefathers is a trauma for generations.”
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Grote Galactische Uitlijning van 2012.De aarde aan het galactische kruis genageld

Grote Galactische Uitlijning van 2012

De aarde aan het galactische kruis genageld

Terwijl de wereld vol spanning wacht op het aflopen van de Maya kalender op 21 december 2012 en in blijdschap dan wel in angst afwacht of de voorspelling van een grote transformatie zullen uitkomen, reist de vraag of deze transformatie niet al gaande is?
De voorspellingen over een grote transformatie zijn afkomstig van de Maya, Hopi, Inca’s en velen andere indianenstammen uit Midden en Zuid Amerika. De indianen brachten deze voorspellingen naar buiten, toen de eerste tekens van een veranderende aarde duidelijk zichtbaar werden. De voorkennis van een veranderend klimaat, het mondiaal toenemen van het aantal aardbevingen en vulkaanuitbarstingen zijn eeuwenoude geheime profetieën afkomstig van hun voorvaderen die de kunst van sjamanisme verstonden. Ook de Amerikaanse helderziende Edgar Cayce zag in de jaren dertig deze ‘aarde veranderingen’ die volgens hem zouden culmineren tussen 1958 en 1998.

The (in)sanity of religion .nature lives

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green earth, no war no crime. the venus project utopia or reality?!

The Venus Project presents a bold, new direction for humanity that entails nothing less than the total redesign of our culture. There are many people today who are concerned with the serious problems that face our modern society: unemployment, violent crime, replacement of humans by technology, over-population and a decline in the Earth's ecosystems.
As you will see, The Venus Project is dedicated to confronting all of these problems by actively engaging in the research, development, and application of workable solutions. Through the use of innovative approaches to social awareness, educational incentives, and the consistent application of the best that science and technology can offer directly to the social system, The Venus Project offers a comprehensive plan for social reclamation in which human beings, technology, and nature will be able
to coexist in a long-term, sustainable state of dynamic equilibrium.


The movie:

The tarsands blow

Dear Canadian Leaders:

I will not allow Canada to exploit the world's dirtiest oil while the rest of the world fights to prevent catastrophic climate change.

P.S. If you think the tar sands are the answer, then you're asking the wrong question.

vrijdag 20 november 2009

Privacy niet meer beschermt op twitter ze moeten geotags meezenden.

As part of rolling out geotagging today we've updated our privacy policy to explicitly include geotagging and to describe the public nature of most of what people post to Twitter. We've tried to keep it short and sweet with lots of real life examples so it's simple to read through
Privacy policy on website:

Surveillance as Social Sorting

Professor David Lyon (Queen's University, Kingston, Canada) discusses surveillance in the age of new communication and information technologies for the American Sociological Association.

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Biodiversity loss is Earth's 'immense and hidden' tragedy, Darwin's 'natural heir' warns

Problem of biodiversity loss has been 'eased off centre stage' by focus on climate change, according to Prof Edward Wilson, the ecologist described as 'Darwin's natural heir'
The diversity of life on Earth is undergoing an "immense and hidden" tragedy that requires the scale of global response now being deployed to tackle climate change, according to one of the world's most eminent biologists.
Prof Edward Wilson, an ecologist who has been described as "Darwin's natural heir" and hailed by novelist Ian McEwan as an "intellectual hero" and "inspirational" writer, told the Guardian that the threat was so grave he is pushing for the creation of an international body of experts modelled on the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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Justice Dept. Asks For Indymedia Visitor Logs (VIDEO)

The U.S. Department of Justice sent a formal request to independent news site Indymedia, ordering it to provide details of all reader visits on a certain day. The order included IP addresses, times, and identifying information including e-mail addresses, physical addresses, registered accounts, and Indymedia readers' Social Security Numbers, bank account numbers, and credit card numbers.

Obama administration has nominated a senior executive from the pesticide industry's main trade association to be chief agricultural negotiator for the US Trade Representative. If confirmed, Isi Siddiqui will be responsible for, among other things, negotiating international agreements governing the use of pesticides.

The Obama administration has nominated a senior executive from the pesticide industry's main trade association to be chief agricultural negotiator for the US Trade Representative. If confirmed,Isi Siddiqui will be responsible for, among other things, negotiating international agreements governing the use of pesticides.

Nuclear Waste Pollutes Vast Nevada Water

A sea of underground water polluted by years of nuclear tests now covers a vast tract of Nevada.

maandag 16 november 2009

Poverty, Global Trade Justice, and the Roots of Terrorism

To combat terrorism, we should address the root causes of poverty, says former "economic hit man"

November 13, 2009 - -Navy Seal snipers rescued an American cargo ship captain unharmed and killed three Somali pirates in a daring operation in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, ending a five-day standoff between United States naval forces and a small band of brigands in a covered orange lifeboat off the Horn of Africa. The New York Times published that article in April 2009. The very words "pirates," "daring operation," "standoff," and "brigands" were typical of the U.S. media; they made it sound as though white-hated cowboys had ridden to the rescue of a town besieged by Billy the Kid and his gang. Having lived in that part of the world as an economic hit man, I knew there was another side to what had happened. I wondered why no one was asking about the causes of piracy.I recalled my visits with the Bugi people when I was sent to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in the early 1970s. The Bugi had been infamous pirates since the time of the East India companies in the 1600s and 1700s. Their ferocity inspired returning European sailors to discipline their disobedient children with threats that "the bugiman will get you." In the 1970s, we feared that they would attack our oil tankers as they passed through the vital Strait of Malacca.I sat with one of their elders on the Sulawesi shore one afternoon. We watched his people build a sailing galleon, known as a prahu, much as they had for centuries. Like a gigantic beached whale, it was high and dry, propped upright by rows of gnarled stakes that resembled roots sprouting from its hull. Dozens of men hustled about it, working with adzes, hatchets, and hand drills. I expressed the concerns of my government to him, intimating that we would retaliate if the oil lanes were threatened.
The "terrorists" I have found in Andean caves and desert villages are people whose families were forced off their farms by oil companies, hydroelectric dams, or "free trade" agreements, whose children are starving, and who want nothing more than to return to their families with food, seeds, and deeds to lands they can cultivate. The old man glared at me. "We were not pirates in the old days," he said, his bushy white hair bobbing indignantly. "We only fought to defend our lands against Europeans who came to steal our spices. If we attack your ships today, it is because they take the trade away from us; your ‘stink ships' foul our waters with oil, destroying our fish and starving our children." Then he shrugged. "Now, we're at a loss." His smile was disarming. "How can a handful of people in wooden sailing ships fight off America's submarines, airplanes, bombs, and missiles?"
A few days after the rescue, the Times ran an editorial entitled "Fighting Piracy in Somalia" that concluded:
Yet left to its own devices, Somalia can only become more noxious, spreading violence to its East African neighbors, breeding more extremism and making shipping through the Gulf of Aden ever more dangerous and costly. Various approaches are being discussed, such as working through Somalia's powerful clans to reconstitute first local and then regional and national institutions. These must be urgently explored.Nowhere did the Times-or any of the other media outlets that I read, heard, or saw-attempt to analyze the roots of the problem in Somalia. Debates abounded about whether to arm ships' crews and send more Navy vessels to the region. There was that vague reference to reconstituting regional and national institutions, but what exactly did the author mean by that? Institutions that would truly help, like free hospitals, schools, and soup kitchens? Or local militias, prisons, and Gestapo-style police forces?The pirates were fishermen whose livelihoods had been destroyed. They were fathers whose children were hungry. Ending piracy would require helping them live sustainable, dignified lives. Could journalists not understand this? Had none of them visited the slums of Mogadishu?
Finally, NPR's Morning Edition on May 6 aired a report from Gwen Thompkins; she interviewed a pirate who went by the name Abshir Abdullahi Abdi. "We understand what we're doing is wrong," Abdi explained. "But hunger is more important than any other thing."
Thompkins commented, "Fishing villages in the area have been devastated by illegal trawlers and waste dumping from industrialized nations. Coral reefs are reportedly dead. Lobster and tuna have vanished. Malnutrition is high."

You might think we would have learned from Vietnam, Iraq, the "Black Hawk down" incident in Somalia back in 1993, and other such forays, that military responses seldom discourage insurgencies. In fact, they often do the opposite; foreign intervention is likely to infuriate local populations, motivate them to support the rebels, and result in an escalation of resistance activities. That was the way it happened during the American Revolution, Latin America's wars for independence from Spain, and in colonial Africa, Indochina, Soviet-occupied Afghanistan, and so many other places.
Blaming pirates and other desperate people for our problems is a distraction we cannot afford if we truly want to find a solution to the crises confronting us. These incidents are symptoms of our failed economic model. They are to our society the equivalent of a heart attack to an individual. We send in Navy Seals to rescue the hostages, as we would hire doctors to perform a coronary artery bypass. But it is essential to admit that both are reactions to an underlying problem. The patient needs to address the reasons his or her heart failed in the first place, such as smoking, diet, and lack of exercise. The same is true for piracy and all forms of terrorism.

Our children's futures are interlocked with the futures of children born in the fishing villages of Somalia, the mountains of Burma (Myanmar), and the jungles of Colombia. When we forget that fact, when we see those children as remote, as somehow disconnected from our lives, as merely the offspring of pirates, guerrillas, or drug runners, we point the gun at our own progeny as well as at the desperate fathers and mothers in lands that seem so far away but in reality are our next door neighbors.
Every time I read about the actions we take to protect ourselves from so-called terrorists, I have to wonder at the narrow-mindedness of our strategy. Although I have met such people in Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, Guatemala, Indonesia, Iran, and Nicaragua, I have never met one who wanted to take up a gun. I know there are crazed men and women who kill because they cannot stop themselves, serial killers, and mass-murderers. I am certain that members of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and other such groups are driven by fanaticism, but such extremists are able to recruit sizable numbers of followers only from populations that feel oppressed or destitute. The "terrorists" I have found in Andean caves and desert villages are people whose families were forced off their farms by oil companies, hydroelectric dams, or "free trade" agreements, whose children are starving, and who want nothing more than to return to their families with food, seeds, and deeds to lands they can cultivate.
In Mexico, many of the guerrillas and narcotraffickers once owned farms where they grew corn. They lost their livelihoods when the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) gave subsidized U.S. producers an unfair price advantage. Here is how the Organic Consumers Organization, a nonprofit that represents more than 850,000 members, subscribers, and volunteers, describes it:
Since NAFTA came into effect on January 1, 1994, U.S. corn exports to Mexico have almost doubled to some 6 million metric tons in 2002. NAFTA eliminated quotas limiting corn imports . . . but allowed U.S. subsidy programs to remain in place-promoting dumping of corn into Mexico by U.S. agribusiness at below the cost of production. . . . The price paid to farmers in Mexico for corn fell by over 70 percent. . .

The passage above exposes the dark side of "free trade" policies. U.S. presidents and our Congress have implemented regulations that prohibited other countries from imposing tariffs on U.S. goods or subsidizing locally grown produce that might compete with our agribusinesses while permitting us to maintain our own import barriers and subsidies, thus giving U.S. corporations an unfair advantage. "Free trade" is a euphemism; it prohibits others from enjoying the benefits offered to the multinationals. It does not, however, regulate against the pollution that is melting glaciers, the land grabs, and the sweatshops.
Father Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, a Nicaraguan priest who ministered to Sandinista guerrillas and is now president of the U.N. General Assembly, has a firsthand appreciation for such euphemisms and the power of words used to sway public perceptions. "Terrorism is not really an ‘ism,' " he told me. "There's no connection between the Sandinistas who fought the Contras and Al Qaeda, or between Colombia's FARC and fishermen turned pirates in Africa and Asia. Yet they are all called ‘terrorists.' That's just a convenient way for your government to convince the world that there is another enemy ‘ism' out there, like communism used to be. It diverts attention from the very real problems."
Our narrow-minded attitudes and the policies that result from them foment violence, rebellions, and wars. In the long run, almost no one benefits from attacking the people we label as "terrorists." With one glaring exception: the corporatocracy.
Those who own and run the companies that build ships, missiles, and armored vehicles; make guns, uniforms, and bulletproof vests; distribute food, soft drinks, and ammunition; provide insurance, medicines, and toilet paper; construct ports, airstrips, and housing; and reconstruct devastated villages, factories, schools, and hospitals-they, and only they, are the big winners.
The rest of us are hoodwinked by that one, loaded word: terrorist
The current economic collapse has awakened us to the importance of regulating and reigning in the people who control the businesses that benefit from the misuse of words like terrorism and who perpetrate other scams. We recognize today that white-collared executives are not a special, incorruptible breed. Like the rest of us, they require rules. Yet it is not enough for us to reestablish regulations that separate investment banks from commercial banks and insurance companies, reinstate anti-usury laws, and impose guidelines to ensure that consumers are not burdened by credit they cannot afford. We cannot simply return to solutions that worked before. Only by adopting new strategies that promote global environmental and social responsibility will we safeguard the future.
John Perkins adapted this excerpt of Hoodwinked: An Economic Hitman Reveals Why the World Financial Markets Imploded—and What We Need to Do to Remake Them for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. John is also the author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, The World is as You Dream It: Shamanic Teachings from the Amazon and Andes, and Spirit of the Shuar.

Blik in farmaceutica Inval bij farmaceutische bedrijven

Zo werkt de farmaceutica
hpv prik,mex prik, pneumokokkenprik.
Ach weet je wat geef me maar overal een prik voor.  Ze hebben toch wel een pilletje om weer beter te worden.

okt 2008
Bron: Zembla
Inval bij farmaceutische bedrijven

De Inspectie voor de Volksgezondheid heeft invallen gedaan bij de farmaceutische bedrijven GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Zeist en Sanofi Pasteur MSD in Hoofddorp. ZEMBLA onthult in de uitzending ‘Het omstreden kankervaccin’ van zondag dat de Gezondheidsraad is beinvloed door farmaceutische bedrijven. De Inspectie heeft de invallen gedaan omdat ze vermoedt dat de bedrijven de Geneesmiddelenwet hebben overtreden bij de marketing van hun vaccins voor baarmoederhalskanker.
Uit ‘Het omstreden kankervaccin’ blijkt dat de adviescommissie van de Gezondheidsraad, die minister Klink van Volksgezondheid heeft geadviseerd om het vaccin tegen baarmoederhalskanker op te nemen in het Rijksvaccinatieprogramma, voor een deel bestond uit leden die een binding hebben met de farmaceutische industrie.
Daarom zijn enkele van deze leden later in het eindrapport opgenomen als adviseur. Zo konden zij tijdens de vergaderingen van de commissie wel meepraten, maar hadden ze bij het geven van het advies officieel geen stemrecht. Dat blijkt uit vergaderstukken van de Gezondheidsraad, waarover ZEMBLA beschikt. Deze documenten zijn te zien in de aflevering ‘Het omstreden kankervaccin’, dat zondag 19 oktober om 22.10 uur wordt uitgezonden bij de VARA/NPS op Nederland 2. Na de uitzending zijn deze documenten ook op deze site te vinden.
Schijn wegnemen
Eén van de adviseurs uit het eindrapport is prof. C. Meijer. Hij zit in de speakerscorner van farmaceutisch bedrijf GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) en heeft van het bedrijf € 250.000,- gekregen voor onderzoek. Meijer was lid van de commissie en werd op het eind adviseur genoemd. Hij verklaart over zijn statuswijziging: “Stel dat ik lid was gebleven, dan hadden de mensen gezegd: zie je nou wel…. En om die schijn weg te nemen, heb ik er niets op tegen dat ik adviseur ben… Maar in de praktijk verandert er niets.”
Een andere adviseur, dr. W. Quint, heeft een bedrijf dat onderzoek verricht voor verschillende farmaceutische bedrijven, waaronder GSK. Hij verklaart: “Om alle schijn van belangenverstrengeling te vermijden, hebben we besloten dat ik adviseur werd. Ik vond zelf dat ik gewoon lid had kunnen blijven.”De voorzitter van de commissie, prof. J. van der Noordaa, zegt dat hij op de hoogte is van de banden tussen commissieleden en de industrie: “Ik ken die mensen allemaal als integere wetenschappers. Al die mensen die daar zaten, hadden niet de geringste partijdigheid.”

De afgelopen maanden hebben twee farmaceutische bedrijven een grote concurrentieslag geleverd om er voor te zorgen dat minister Klink van Volksgezondheid hun kankervaccin opneemt in het Rijksvaccinatieprogramma. Het zijn GlaxoSmithKline, dat het vaccin Cervarix op de markt brengt, en concurrent Sanofi Pasteur MSD, producent van Gardasil.
In hun campagne hebben de bedrijven niet alleen artsen, maar ook het publiek bespeeld. Een consultant die drie jaar bij GlaxoSmithKline heeft gewerkt, vertelt in ZEMBLA dat het haar opdracht was om ervoor te zorgen dat de media uitgebreid over de ziekte baarmoederhalskanker zouden berichten: “Ik zocht mensen die baarmoederhalskanker hebben gehad om ze door de bladen te laten interviewen. Soms liet ik iemand met baarmoederhalskanker zelf naar de Viva of de Margriet bellen. Ik vertelde niemand dat ik voor GSK werkte.”

Ze opende ook een website over baarmoederhalskanker, waarop later een petitie werd geplaatst die voor minister Klink bestemd is. Hem wordt gevraagd haast te maken met de invoering van het vaccin. Bijna tweehonderdduizend mensen tekenen de petitie.Het is één van de websites die - zonder dat het voor de bezoekers duidelijk is - wordt samengesteld door de industrie. De consultant daarover: “Het is in Nederland verboden om reclame te maken voor receptgeneesmiddelen, dus de farmaceutische industrie maakt vooral reclame voor de ziekte, mensen bang maken. En vaak wordt het probleem nog groter gemaakt dan het is.”

In beslag
Bij de inval heeft de Inspectie interne documenten in beslag genomen, zoals e-mailwisselingen met artsen, voorlichtingsmateriaal, marketingplannen, overeenkomsten met artsen en wetenschappers en instructies aan artsenbezoekers.
De Inspectie vermoedt dat er sprake is van verboden gunstverlening aan artsen en wetenschappers. Ook zijn de reclameregels mogelijk overtreden, aangezien het in Nederland verboden is om reclame te maken voor middelen die alleen op recept verkrijgbaar zijn.

SP-leider Agnes Kant wil een Kamerdebat naar aanleiding van het nieuws van ZEMBLA. Ze liet zaterdag na de invallen bij de farmaceuten weten met de Kamer praten over de beïnvloeding en agressieve marketing van de farmaceutische industrie.
“Een beslissing voor de invoering van een vaccinatie moet objectief en onafhankelijk gemaakt worden,” aldus Kant. “Marketing, lobby, en financiële banden van adviseurs met de industrie, moeten daarbij uitgesloten worden.”


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