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Fluoridation fight taken to Supreme Court: New Zealand

A group fighting the fluoridation of drinking water supplies in the south Taranaki towns of Waverley and Patea has taken its legal battle to the Supreme Court.
It follows earlier hearings in the High Court and Court of Appeal, which ruled against legal arguments raised by New Health New Zealand, including a suggestion that fluoridation of the water breached the right to refuse medical treatment.
New Health’s lawyer, Mary Scholtens QC, told the Supreme Court today the jury was still out on whether the substances used to fluoride drinking water were safe and effective.
The Court of Appeal and High Court had ruled that those compounds were not medicines.
But Ms Scholtens said they were also not the same chemicals as the medicine-grade substances used in fluoride tablets.
She said the fluoride put in water supplies contained by-products of superphosphate production and could contain mercury, arsenic and lead.

Ms Scholtens said the Bill of Rights guaranteed a right not to undergo medical treatment and the group she represented believed fluoride qualifies as a medical treatment.
She said when the Court of Appeal considered that matter, it took a narrow reading of the Bill of Rights which was incorrect.
“The section 11 right must be looked at, not primarily from the state’s perspective but from that of the individual.
“It says everyone has the right to refuse medical treatment, but it [anticipates] that people would be treated against their will only when it’s needed to protect the health of other people.”
Ms Scholtens said that could not include the provision of fluoride in drinking water.
The Court discussed other instances in which additives are put in products consumed by the community, such as iodine in salt.
However Ms Scholtens said the fluoridation of a water supply was not the same as adding folate to bread, and the latter would not breach people’s rights to not be medicated.
“In terms of salt, or folic acid or any of those other things … we have a choice; iodised, not iodised, folic, not folic – it doesn’t matter.
“[But] we have findings of fact from the High Court and Court of Appeal that there is no realistic option for people to avoid fluoridated water … it’s used in so many things it’s harder to avoid.”
Ms Scholtens said New Zealand’s drinking water legislation included the power for chlorine to be added to make the water pure, but did not add anything about the addition of something like fluoride.
She said drinking water was the method by which the fluoride would be delivered to the community, but there was nothing in the Local Government legislation authorising a council to do that.
Ms Scholtens said her clients believed it was up to the Crown or local council to show that use of fluoride in an area’s water supply was a proportionate response to dental health issues.
The case is expected to run until Friday.

Source: Radio New Zealand:

https://a.msn.com/r/2/BBF1kFD?m=en-nz

(Note: the bold emphasis is mine, MH)

Dotcom wins confidential settlement for dawn raid in 2012

Mr Dotcom is currently fighting extradition to the United States on multiple criminal charges related to his former file-sharing website Megaupload, including copyright infringement and money-laundering.
In a statement issued earlier today, Mr Dotcom said he believed the raid by armed police was a “Hollywood-style publicity stunt tailored to appease United States authorities”.
He said he and Mona Dotcom wanted vindication in the High Court but have decided a trial would not be in the best interests of their children.
In a statement, Mr Dotcom said officers had caused damage to the property.
“Mona Dotcom, who was seven months pregnant with twins, and the Dotcom children were traumatised. Neither the Dotcoms nor their guests were allowed to talk to each other or their lawyers for an unreasonable period.
“Today, Mona and I are glad to reach a confidential settlement of our case against the New Zealand Police.
“We have respect for the Police in this country. They work hard and have, with this one exception, treated me and my family with courtesy and respect. We were shocked at the uncharacteristic handling of my arrest for a non-violent internet copyright infringement charge brought by the United States, which is not even a crime in New Zealand.
“They could have easily knocked at our door at a reasonable hour and advised me of my arrest. Instead, due to what I believe was a misguided desire to cater to the United States authorities and special interests in Hollywood, a simple arrest became a Hollywood-style publicity stunt tailored to appease US authorities.
“We sued the police because we believed their military-style raid on a family with children in a non-violent case went far beyond what a civilised community should expect from its police force. New Zealanders deserve and should expect better.”
A police spokesperson confirmed a confidential settlement was reached with the Dotcoms, bringing to an end the civil proceedings, which were set down for a five week trial in Auckland.
She said this avoided the significant costs which would have been incurred had the trial proceeded.
Source RNZ

A YEAR AGO ON NOVEMBER’S FULL MOON AND THE OPENING MORNING OF MAHI TANGAROA A 7.8 QUAKE DESTROYED KAIKOURA ON THE SOUTH ISLAND OF NZ.

From Jeff Wefferson:

This unprecedented naval ‘war game’ in Auckland harbour brought U.S. warships for the first time in over 30 years and with them the ‘next generation’ of geo-physical/planetary weaponization technologies. The entire scenario of this quake bore an uncanny resemblance to the quakes that destroyed Christchurch in February of 2011. Eye-witness accounts reveal that naval as well as seismic vessels were seen in the Kaikoura well before, during and after the quake. This ‘war-game’ was ostensibly to address ‘non-traditional security threats’ which in the world of today means translates as ‘terrorism at any level using anything other than box-cutters or guns’ = geo-physical warfare = environmental modification, weather warfare and artificial earth-quakes.

 

Shortly after the Kaikoura quake was one of the largest whale strandings in NZ’s history, at Farewell Spit on the north end of the south island, not far from Kaikoura and the massive amount of ‘anomalous’ radio-frequency/EMF activity monitored there at that time.

WHO WILL HELP HUMANITY WHEN WE STRAND ON THE BEACH?
https://soundcloud.com/user-236254347/on-the-brink-radio-192-lilley-simonson-wefferson-tri-kaitiakis-moana
OTB INTERVIEW WITH CONTRAIL FOUNDER ROSE PAGE
https://soundcloud.com/user-315121551/on-the-brink-radio-189-rose-paige-nz-activist-contrail-founder

DR. ROSALIE BERTELL ON MAN-MADE EARTHQUAKES
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=170gbkx6JDk

OPERATION MAHI TANGAROA: NEW ZEALAND’S ‘RIMPAC’

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PEARL HARBOR (July 31, 2010) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 exercises. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multinational interoperability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jon Dasbach/Released)

One of over 30 military warships coming to Auckland on 15 November, the USS SAMPSON IS ARMED TO THE TEETH WITH NEXT GENERATION MICROWAVE WEAPONS AS WELL AS DU and HARPOON missiles.

Few people are aware of the level that the ‘electric navy’ has gone to with microwave and EMR weapons systems. The deck of a modern destroyer is unmanned because a person would be fried by the intensity of the microwaves in use. Marine biologist Terry Lilley who has been monitoring RIMPAC in Hawai’i said that they are called ‘destroyers’ because wherever they go, everything dies. These technologies are responsible for massive coral reef destruction off of Kauai and for kelp bed destruction off of southern California; this is the likely fate of kelp beds in the Hauraki Gulf after Mahi Tangaroa.
Another dimension of microwave technologies is its application in mind and ‘crowd’ control operations. I was in Darwin in April 2010 when a similar US vessel was there for a week. My partner and I both felt a very palpable feeling of dread, a kind of energetic pall over the whole area that week as if they were broadcasting some kind of energy that gave people a psychic lobotomy. This was 6 years ago, the power levels on all this would be significantly higher now.

The USS SAMPSON is an AEGIS-CLASS (ARLEIGH-BURKE) DESTROYER not nuclear powered but ARMED TO THE TEETH WITH THE LATEST IN MICROWAVE WEAPONS not to mention 56 Tomahawk cruise missiles and others which are bound to had DU (‘depleted uranium’) if not micro-nuke (5 KT or less yield) warheads.

THIS IS WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR: THE LOCKHEED-MARTIN AN / SPY-ID 3D phased array radar, operating at E / F band, the RAYTHEON AN/SLQ-32(V)3 electronic countermeasures system, and the Lockheed Martin SQQ-89(V)6, sonar system, which includes Edo Corporation AN / SQS-53C bow-mounted active search and attack sonar and the AN / SQR-19B passive towed array.

Arleigh Burke Class (Aegis) Destroyer

One of Terry’s friends in Kauai said that several of their high-end fishing boats had their electronics blown out just from being within a couple kilometers of US naval destroyers.

‘THE COOKING OF HUMANITY’ DR BARRIE TROWER
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JojdEH0nzos

‘ON THE BRINK’ RADIO INTERVIEWS
https://soundcloud.com/user-987673959/on-the-brink-radio-170-terry-lilley-2-kauai-marine-biologist-vs-us-navy

TERRY LILLEY 1
https://soundcloud.com/user-927384558/on-the-brink-radio-163-terry-lilley-marine-biologist-kauai-hawaii

THE ‘SIMONSON EFFECT’ ELECTRIFICATION OF MARINE ENVIRONMENT
https://soundcloud.com/user-323150707/on-the-brink-radio-162-stewart-simonson-1-biospheric-electrification-scenario-marine-die-offs

“THE OCEAN IS ALIVE” WITH GLENN EDNEY
https://soundcloud.com/user-323150707/on-the-brink-radio-160-glenn-edney-1-the-ocean-is-alive

DU MANUFACTURERS WILL BE IN AUCKLAND
http://www.bandepleteduranium.org/en/uranium-weapon-manufacturers

NAVY’S USE OF DEPLETED URANIUM
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/38185-the-navy-s-use-of-depleted-uranium-in-our-coastal-waters-threatens-humans-wildlife

“DEPLETED’ is a deliberate Orwellian oxymoron, as there is nothing ‘depleted’ about the substances that comprise DU ammunition. Not only low-level tailings from mining but more significantly THE HIGHEST LEVEL WASTES including all the trans-uranic synthetic actinides…this film is THE single best source of information on the reality of DU…what it is, what is in it, who makes it, how it is used and why, and what its short and long-term implications are for human and ecological health.

THE BEST DOCO AND SOURCE OF INFORMATION ON DU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwp6wJMmSEc&feature=youtu.be

 

NZ: Senior Man Assaulted By DOC Officials

A SENIOR MAN IS ASSAULTED BY DOC EMPLOYEES IN A PUBLIC CAR PARK SAY TWO EYE WITNESSES (INCLUDES POLICE STATEMENT)

 

INCLUDES DR. WENDY POND’S WITNESS STATEMENT TO DoC ASSAULT ON GRAEME STURGEON, COROMANDEL

From Carol Sawyer

Author and conservationist, Graeme Sturgeon, was assaulted, his clothing ripped, his face left bloodied, and his car doorhandle broken, by DoC employees on 17 October 2017.

“…the driver’s door was opened, he was hauled out, and punched in the face by a DOC contractor, Mr X, without warning or explanation.”

https://envirowatchrangitikei.wordpress.com/2017/10/23/doc-employee…

DOC CAUGHT BREAKING THEIR OWN RULES – STORING 1080 IN WHITIANGA’S C…

NZ’S 1080 SUPPLY IS MADE RIGHT HERE IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD – FYI

With Thanks To Pam Vernon (links above).

Kingmaker Puts NZ In The Red

Yes, As all kiwis will now well and truly know, NZ First leader Winston ” Kingmaker ” Peters, after employing his well practised flair for showmanship by keeping the media in suspense for days while has a nice little chat and a cuppa with Bill English (National/Democratic Independent Union) and Jacinda Ardern (Labour/Progressive Alliance), has crowned The Red Queen. Not really a surprise in hindsight considering the spectacular last minute switch of Labour leader and subsequent media frenzy over charismatic Fabian Ardern.

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To be honest, I’m impressed with the show that the NWO has put on for us. The most entertaining elections puppet-show we’ve had in New Zealand politics for a long time, and a fitting last performance for Winston Peters, who’s been loving every minute of it.

It will be very interesting to see what unfolds!

https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/341979/the-moment-ardern-knew-peters-would-choose-labour

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Taking The Pulpit: The Catholic Church and Priestly Celibacy

“Suffer little children”, says Jesus. And while that is certainly not what he intended (and I’ve lost count of the number of times the words have been quoted out of context), countless children have indeed suffered as a result of the Catholic Church’s ridiculous rule of priestly celibacy. We all know about the paedophiles who have been sheltered behind their priestly robes and the suffering of their victims. But many cases are less obvious. Like children who never knew their father because he is, well a “Father”.

Not all clergy should be tarred with the same brush. Many  are healthy heterosexual males with the same sex drives as the rest of us, and therein lies a big problem: Celibacy and denial. It’s human nature that the more one is denied something, the more one craves it, especially something as primal and biologically hardwired as sex. God, according to The Bible, created man and woman, and therefore presumably gave them the urge to procreate? I have long thought that the Catholic Church’s insistence on priestly celibacy to be, rather ironically, a denial of God’s will and intent. “Ah,” you might retort, “but surely it was the cunning serpent that led Eve into temptation and “sin”? And therein lies the root problem. The continued (and alarming) prevalence of literal interpretation of religious texts. The Bible is not, and never was, intended to be a factually accurate historical document. It’s truths are represented through allegory and parable, and to interpret the texts in a shallow and literal manner leads down a dangerous path to extremism and irrationality.

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…oh, and here’s the news item that inspired my little sermon:

The secret children of a Catholic priest in New Zealand are about to reveal their identity to their local bishop, and a New Zealander who personally briefed the Pope on the topic says the Vatican has recognised the right to know one’s parents

Bread and wine are used to celebrate the Eucharist during Roman Catholic masses. Here, a priest holds a wedding ceremony mass.

 

The adult siblings are among thousands internationally who have contacted the Coping International website, which offers support to the children of clergy.

The site’s founder Vincent Doyle – an Irish man who himself is the son of a priest – said he expected many more New Zealanders who are priests’ children, or their mothers, to come forward as they gained courage to speak up.

“We’ve been contacted from a number of people in New Zealand – one family where there’s more than one child to the same priest, to the same woman – but they’re going to be making moves in the coming future to the respective diocese and they’ll be contacting the bishop concerned.”

The family had contacted his website in the last three months, and granted him permission to speak a little about their situation, such as how many children there were and where they had grown up.

Vincent Doyle meets Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza, the Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the United Nations, in mid-October to talk about the children of clergy.

Vincent Doyle meets Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza, the Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the United Nations, in mid-October to talk about the children of clergy. Photo: Supplied

They were among 13,500 people worldwide who had been in touch with Mr Doyle since he started the website in late 2014.

His site gained international prominence in August this year when featured in a new series by the Boston Globe‘s Spotlight unit, which is famous for exposing clerical sex abuse of children.

The response to the website has forced the Vatican to acknowledge the issue, and last month it began working on guidelines for how to respond.

“The expectation would be that the [priest] should go and be a father to his child,” said Bill Kilgallon, an Aucklander who personally briefed the Pope last month on the issue as part of the Pontifical Commission to help protect children.

Mr Kilgallon said the Catholic Church had no idea yet how many children have been conceived by priests.

The search phrase “I am pregnant and the father is a Catholic priest” featured in about 1500 of 96,000 hits on Coping International’s website, which its founder pointed out would be mostly from English speakers with Internet access.

“How many don’t fall into that category?” Mr Doyle said.

Read More:

https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/341876/nz-priest-s-secret-children-to-come-out-of-hiding

Police use baby blood samples

Police have used blood samples taken from people at birth to solve crimes and identify bodies.

Since 2006, police have been able to use blood “spot samples” taken from people at birth to get DNA samples under an agreement with the Ministry of Health.

 

 

Baby pin prick police identify

The “heel prick tests” have been taken from newborns, with their parents’ consent, since 1969 for screening of serious metabolic disorders that don’t otherwise present symptoms until damage has occurred.

But the remaining blood is stored indefinitely with identifying details, unless parents request for it to be returned.

Police have now confirmed that in 2010 they used a stored spot sample to identify human remains, along with two successful homicide prosecutions – in 2010 and 2012 – although those also required court-ordered warrants.

They were also used to identify 13 victims of the Christchurch earthquake.

A police spokeswoman said they were used “rarely and as a last resort”.

“Information shared … is tightly protected and bound by all relevant laws, including the Privacy Act, the Official Information Act … and the Human Tissue Act,” she said.

The agreement with the ministry did not override any of those laws, she said.

The National Screening Units website explicitly states that left over blood samples can be used for forensic work by police.

“It is important to note that any request from police is reviewed very carefully,” unit director Jane O’Hallahan said.

“The [agreement] ensures both parties take into account the overarching interests of the individual concerned and the wider public interest in law enforcement and public safety.”

Almost all babies born in New Zealand are tested, but to date the samples had not been used for large-scale population studies, the unit said.

A Ministry of Health spokesman said the samples were usually given to police with the consent of family.

But Judith Furlong, the mother of killed teenager Jane Furlong, told Stuff she was stunned when she found out a sample from her daughter had been used for identification.

“Forty-two years ago they certainly didn’t say they were keeping it. I had no idea,” she said.

“It’s invasive because they didn’t inform you of anything.”

Comment has been requested from the Privacy Commissioner.

NZ Newswire

https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/police-use-baby-blood-samples/ar-AAtrnRM?li=BBqdmGR&ocid=SK2MDHP

 

Police arrest anti-weapons protesters trying to block off Westpac Stadium

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/97713861/peace-action-blockades-westpac-stadium-arms-industry-forum

Nine protesters have been arrested during fraught scenes outside a Wellington defence forum.
As bus loads of delegates attempted to enter Westpac Stadium for the forum on Tuesday, a few hundred protesters blockaded the stadium entrances.
Among those detained and dragged away by police was a disabled man with a walking cane, who said he was protesting against prison operator Cisco’s involvement in the forum, dubbed a “weapons expo”.

Ti Lamusse, from People Against Prisons Aotearoa, said the police treatment of the man was “massively over the top”.

“It was brutal. He was telling them he was disabled. He was in pain – he was in agony.”

As each bus load arrived, police blocked off the out-of-city lanes of Waterloo and Aotea Quay but, at one point, scuffling protesters and police broke into the still-open city-bound lanes and into traffic.
About 300 people blocked every entrance into the stadium in an attempt to stop the scheduled Defence, Industry & National Security Forum, which protesters have dubbed a “weapons expo”.
Shortly after 11am, police managed to get some attendees inside, despite some protesters lying down in the middle of Aotea Quay.

When one bus load of delegates arrived, protesters surrounded it.  The bus mounted the pavement while police formed a human shield to create a walkway in. Subsequent bus loads followed suit, each time resulting in tense clashes between police and protesters.

Wellington City Council put in detours around Aotea and Waterloo quays.

Earlier, the protesters said they had all but halted the expo, despite police intervention.
Protesters surrounded the stadium from about 6am, and blocked an entrance to the stadium with a sign saying “expelliarmus”.
Some hung many metres from pillars surrounding entrances to the stadium, blocking them with ties that, if cut, would have meant they fell to the ground.

Wellington police operations manager Inspector Neil Banks said that, by 10.45am, five people had been arrested for obstructing a roadway.
By 5.30pm, 15 people had been arrested for minor offences, with six released without charge. Of the other nine, eight were accused of obstructing a public roadway, and one of disorderly behaviour.
“Police must balance the lawful right to protest against the public’s right to go about their daily business without being disrupted by protest action,” Banks said.
“We are disappointed that a number of protesters behaved in a way that created safety issues, disrupted traffic, and caused delays that inconvenienced the wider public.”
He said police were aware of allegations made about police conduct and reminded “anyone with concerns that there are several avenues available to them if they wish to make a complaint”.
The previous NZDIA expo in Wellington, in 2015, was marred by the mass arrest of protesters – most on trespassing charges, which were dropped earlier this year after a lengthy court battle with police.
Protest organiser Jessie Dennis said the arrests were “outrageous”, and she expected all of the charges would be dropped.
“These people are human rights defenders, and we should thank them for their work in making the world a safer and more peaceful place … we will be supporting them through any court process whatever the outcome.
“The heavy-handed and violent actions of the police in protecting and attempting to escort delegates inside was shameful.”

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CONTROVERSIAL FROM THE START
Last month, and after pressure from activists, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester agreed the controversial arms industry forum should not return to any Wellington City Council sites.
Lester said the expo, the main sponsor of which was nuclear weapons and arms giant Lockheed Martin, was “not an appropriate event for a civic venue”. The council wanted to steer clear of any associated conflict.
The event could go ahead at Westpac Stadium, because it is not under the council’s control.
Instead, the stadium is managed by the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust – a charitable trust jointly settled by the city council and Greater Wellington Regional Council.
NZDIA deputy chairman Andrew Ford said labelling the forum a “weapons expo” was “stretching the truth” and the event was mainly about bringing together suppliers of services and products to support the defence and national security sectors, not weapons.
Most people would support New Zealand’s defence forces being properly equipped to defend themselves and fulfil their peacekeeping duties, he said.
 – Stuff

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