By: MARTY G
There’s a hell of a lot of mis-information and confusing numbers about the economic potential of mining around, and that suits Gerry Brownlee and National because it lets them exaggerate the case for opening up the National Parks.
John Armstrong says “Unfortunately for National, cool economic logic has a hard job competing with emotions stirred up by warnings of endangered kauri forests, dead kiwis and mud slides.” But the reality is the numbers aren’t as great as they would have you think. Even putting the environmental concerns to one side, the economic benefits just aren’t that flash.
Let’s have a closer look:
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Mar 23rd 2010 | From The Economist online
FANS combing internet sites are not the only people eagerly anticipating a pair of epic fantasy movies based on “The Hobbit”, by J.R.R. Tolkien, that it is planned will start filming this year. New Zealand’s tourist industry, too, is eager to see the islands’ sweeping and unsullied vistas revealed once more to millions of cinemagoers, as they were almost a decade ago when the first of the three films based on Tolkien’s “The Lord of The Rings” was released. Those films did a great deal to boost the country’s tourism trade (Air New Zealand promoted itself as the “airline to Middle Earth”), fitting nicely with the country ’s “100% Pure New Zealand” marketing slogan, first used a couple of years earlier.
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Press Release: Anti-Bases Campaign
Anti-Bases Campaign Congratulates Waihopai Domebusters And Calls For The Real Criminals To Be Prosecuted
The Anti-Bases Campaign congratulates the Waihopai spy base Domebusters – Adrian Leason, Peter Murnane and Sam Land (and we’re proud to have all three of them as ABC members) on their entirely deserved acquittal on all charges arising from their April 2008 deflation of one of the top secret base’s satellite dish domes. And we congratulate the jury of ordinary New Zealand women and men who listened to the evidence for eight days and then, after deliberating for only a few hours, found them innocent. It is a triumph of common sense.
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UNCENSORED (and the internet, of course) must be having an effect.
In light of all the bad news, it is time to post something light-hearted – well kind of.
Here is a YouTube clip from the US of what can only be described as a highly efficient way of teaching young students about the New World Order.
A New Zealand teacher advised that teachers are not allowed to tell the children the truth about 9/11 here. They can present both sides of the global warming story though and show the students The Great Global Warming Swindle if they wish. Pretty sad overall for a country that is supposedly “free” isn’t it.
Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice
See: Dark Secrets Inside Bohemian Grove, a documentary by Alex Jones
5:46PM Tuesday Apr 21, 2009
Fairfax Media CEO Joan Withers. Photo / Kenny Rodger
Seventy jobs cuts and a possible move to a nine-day fortnight are being proposed by Fairfax Media as it continues to slim down its New Zealand operations.
Fairfax announced today 70 pre-press and advertising production jobs would be shed as the company moves production into four regional hubs.
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Embargoed until 1130am 9 April
Cross-Party Parliamentarians’ Group Calls for Focus on Population Issues in ETS Review
Wellington, 9 April 2009: Gender, sexual and reproductive health, and other population issues need to be at the heart of addressing climate change, including the current Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) Review Dr Jackie Blue, Chair, and Hon Steve Chadwick, Vice Chair, of the New Zealand Parliamentarians’ Group on Population and Development (NZPPD) will be briefing colleagues today as follow-up to their NZPPD written submission to the ETS Review Committee.
“There is increasing recognition around the world that these issues are vital to address in mitigating and adapting to climate change. New Zealand cannot afford to ignore this”, says Dr Jackie Blue.
The NZPPD submission states that there are fundamental and powerful differences in the way women and men: contribute to climate change; are impacted by climate change; their capacities to cope with and adapt to climate change; and their access and participation in decision making on climate change.
It is a widely accepted fact that climate change will impact worst on the poorest and most vulnerable. Women comprise 70% of those living below the poverty line around the globe. People who heavily rely on local natural resources for their livelihood are and will be severely impacted by climate change. Again, women disproportionately feature in this group. There is also much evidence that the disadvantaged position of women means greater difficulty in coping with natural disasters, and such disasters are increasingly being linked to climate change.
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Global Warming or Global Governance? by Dr Michael Coffman, PhD
The New Zealand Herald is asking for your views on this topic here:
Tell them what you think.
It states: “Army heads are calling for recruits from the armed forces to man an anti-terror squad responsible for domestic security.
A defence source last night said the recruitment drive was prompted by “a surge in the global war on terrorism”.
The unit would also be responsible for dealing with any security threats at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Does NZ need an ‘anti-terror’ squad?”
Uncensored reply: “The New Zealand people do not need an anti-terror squad. The attacks of 7/7, 9/11, Oklahoma City and numerous other terror attacks have been proven to be inside jobs and have been used to justify the setting up of a police state, surveillance grid and invade countries for oil. Even the BBC series ‘The Power of Nightmares’ revealed that the so-called “War on Terror” is a scam. People need to ask themselves what the purpose of this squad really is. Does it have something to do with the elite bankers’ call for a New World Order? Does government need this squad because they are expecting resistance to what they have planned for us and want the army to protect themselves?
Related: Recruiting for NZ anti-terror squad & Rugby World Cup 2011