BP Oil Spill Danger New Zealand 2010

16 June 2010. Epsom, Auckland.

I have just received information from Nick Young at Greenpeace which warns about the dangers of an oil spill in our South Pacific region.

This is a very real danger to us, in the South Pacific, as the current ‘National’ government of New Zealand is considering allowing deep water exploration for oil in our waters.

We should be actively fighting legislation which would allow this. A spillage near New Zealand would be equally disastrous as it has been in America, but here, our whole ecological system, plants, trees, wild life, and human life, would suffer more acutely, as there is very little land mass in our two and a bit islands to withstand such a disaster.

Other small islands in the Pacific would also be affected drastically by such a spillage.

The oil slick off the coast of America is just devastating to wild life, to the fishing industry, and to man generally. The effects of this oil spillage are far reaching, as the oil will contaminate the water and beaches for decades, if not centuries. The toxicity from the spillage will not be simply confined to the area of the spillage, but will be carried via currents to other places. The wild life in the area, even if it can survive, will become slowly poisoned through eating any food obtained in the region. The food chain will thus be severly affected.

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Thanks to Greenpeace campaigners for all their efforts in trying to prevent disasters such as these, and in disseminating information to encourage people to be pro-active in trying to preserve our precious environment.

If it happens, it is already too late. A ‘clean-up’ by BP, or a mighty government such as the USA, can NEVER restore the ocean to its former, relatively clean state. No matter what is done, the effects of this oil spillage will be felt for years and years.

ALL ocean drilling for oil should be stopped. It is only a matter of time before another accident like the latest BP oil spill occurs. Eventually, the whole ocean will be poisoned, just as the Bible predicts, if oil drilling under water continues.

If our environment is to be put at such risk, then we do NOT want to have the profits from any oil which might be found in our waters. We must be adamant that this is not what we want, and do everything we can to stop the drilling for oil in the Pacific Ocean. Our motto should be


For our health, for our environment, for all wild-life, even for the economy, say NO to drilling for oil in the oceans

The National Government, typically, is very short-sighted: its goals are pretty much profit-driven, yet it cannot fore-see just how an ‘accident’ such as this would affect the biggest money maker for our country – TOURISM. How many people will want to come to New Zealand once the drilling companies have ruined our beautiful coast?

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Chemical Safety Lacking at Bhopal

22 June 2010, Auckland N.Z.

In the early hours this morning, on our BBC connection to Channel One television, Dr Mira Shiva was interviewed about a disaster which occurred in India in 1984.

This was the year when thousands of people died in Madhyra Pradesh, Bhopal, India, as a direct result of a chemical disaster at the chemical plant run by Union Carbide India Limited, later to be taken over by Dow chemicals, and the Indian Government.

Since early December 1984, when this accident happened, it has been estimated, according to the BBC, that 25,000 people have died as a result of the explosion at the Union Carbide plant in Pradesh, Bhopal.

BBC footage showed people today who are suffering because of this accident: apart from the fact that families have suffered because of the many people who lost their lives, many of those who have survived are maimed by severe burns, blindness, and sickness as a result of the accident at the pesticide plant at Bhopal.

The extent of this chemical plant accident is never-ending for the survivors at Bhopal:

At the pesticide plant where the accident occured, Methyl Isocyanate gas, known as MIC, was leaked. This caused an explosion which has wrecked the lives of many.

The ongoing problem is serious: The people of Bhopal suffer still, because a proper clean-up has never been done at Bhopal. Chemicals still sit around the burnt-out factory. BBC footage showed us the abandoned factory, with jars and tins of stuff still lying about from the accident which took place 26 years ago. Chemicals have leaked into the ground, which has contaminated the ground water.

It is a good thing the BBC have alerted the world to this accident of 1984: I have just looked up the Bhopal disaster on the net and found that, in the last eight hours or so, Wickipedia has documented this disaster.

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Greenpeace Japanaese Whaling Aims 2010

23 June 2010, Auckland, NZ.


Today I received an email from Nick Young about the need to support Greenpeace in their bid to stop, or at least exercise some control, on the whaling industry in Japan.

Karli Thomas is representing Greenpeace right at this moment, at the annual International Whaling Commission being held at Agadir, in Morocco.

Karli has met her friend Junichi Sato, who is one of the two Japanese Greenpeace activists who ‘whistleblew’ on the extent and corruption of the Japanese whaling programme in 2008. Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki are now facing an 18 month long jail sentence for their efforts in exposing the corruption of the Japanese whaling industry.

This is a sorry state of affairs: as Nick said in an earlier email, it is the people who kill whales and profit from whaling who should be stopped, not the protesters risking everything to try and protect the whales. The criminals are not this brave pair who have brought the focus again onto the Japanese commercial whaling programme, but the whalers themselves, and all those in the business of killing of our precious whales.

Corruption exists even at the level of the International Whaling Commission itself: it has been revealed by the media that Japanese interests have bought votes at this conference to help swing decisions to help their purposes. Apparently, the commissioner from Antigua, who is chairing this year’s meeting, has had his airfare and accommodation paid for by Japanese whaling interests.

Karli urges that all those who wish to stop Japanese commercial whaling, should send an email to the Japanese Foreign Minister.

You can contact info@greenpeace.org.nz for more information on this.

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Paul Robeson In New Zealand

Paul Robeson’s Visit To New Zealand
first posted 31 october 2010 on merrilyn hope.com

Did you know that Paul Robeson, the famous Bass-Baritone African-American concert singer, actor and campaigner for equal rights, came to New Zealand in 1960?
Paul Robeson came here with his wife and his pianist, Laurence Brown, known as ‘Larry’. They stayed here for two weeks and four days, during which time Paul sang to a small audience at the Unitarian Church in Ponsonby Road, Auckland, gave a big concert in the Auckland Town Hall, visited Dunedin, and Christchurch, where he spoke to the railway workers, and Wellington, where he spoke to the striking watersiders.

Today is the 31st October, 2010, and it is 50 years to the date when Paul Robeson gave his concert in Auckland. Today, I went along specially to hear the commemorative talk on Paul Robeson at the Auckland Unitarian Church in Ponsonby Road. This turned out to be a thoroughly informative lecture, with accompanying slides and songs. Barbara Holt, who has researched much about Paul Robeson’s life and his visit to New Zealand, presented the lecture.

Unfortunately, no music review was published by either of the two Auckland newspapers on the concert given by Paul Robeson in the Auckland Town Hall on the 31st November 1960.

Racial Discrimination In New Zealand: 1960 was the same year which saw the ‘Allblacks’ discriminating against Maori players, as they wanted an all-white team to take to the apartheid country of South Africa. This meant that controversy was rife: A large anti-tour demonstration was staged down Queen Street, to protest against the proposed all-white team to South Africa.
Paul Robeson wanted to meet Maori people whilst he was here, to support their gaining equal status in this country. He most certainly would have opposed the idea of an ‘all-white’ team for New Zealand to send to South Africa. He also wanted to meet other minority groups such as the watersiders, who were striking in Wellington at the time.

New Zealand newpapers were obviously nervous about publishing anything too much about Paul Robeson: His voice was one which was speaking and singing out about the need for equality between blacks and whites, and of the hardships which black people had, and were, suffering. Paul’s mother had died in a house fire when he was only six years old. This meant an enormous emotional loss was suffered by him, his father, and his six siblings: The financial burden of a solo parent having to provide for a family of seven children at this time was extreme: There was no government hardship grant to help them out, and, generally speaking, African Negroes had a hard time finding decent employment.

Paul Robeson’s voice spoke out for the underdog, the underprivileged, the poor. Paul Robeson was punished for speaking out about racism in America: Recording companies had been authorized not to record him for some time, and he was also forbidden to sing in public places such as Carnegie Hall. He was only allowed to sing in churches, or for his friends, which meant he could not earn his living as a musician or a recording artist. The churches where Paul was welcomed to sing were the ‘Black’ churches, and the Unitarian churches.

We are fortunate that one photograph of the famous bass-baritone concert star was published by the Auckland Star during his visit here: This is a picture of Paul Robeson as he sings to the new born baby of Auckland Mayor Sir Dove-Myer Robinson and his fourth wife. Paul is singing the song “My Curly Headed Baby” which he sang in honour of Sir Dove-Myer’s Jewish heritage.

Paul Robeson had a huge repertoire of songs from all over the world. He had an all-inclusive attitude, and loved to embrace minority groups by singing songs from their cultural heritage.

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The Best Earthquake Survival Kit

Preparing for an Earthquake.

It is important that you are prepared in the event of an earthquake or some other major disaster. You need to prepare an emergency kit in advance, rather than wait for a disaster to occur. If a disaster strikes, you may not have the time or the resources to get what you need in order to survive. Of course, you never know to what extent services will be affected, or whether or not you will still be able to use your house: The best earthquake survival kit which we have here includes extra survival-kit items in the event of all services being cut, and there being no house to live in. This extensive list will prepare you for the worst case scenario.

Your Earthquake survival Kit: If you can, keepthis in a shed where you can access it easily in case your house becomes inhabitable. Keep in mind, though, that it is possible you may be trapped in your house without water, so make sure you have a little of the basic requirements in your house at all times, especially plenty of bottled water.

Some of the basic necessities in an emergency and which you should have both in your house and your shed, are: .

Plenty of Bottled Water
First Aid Kit
Warm Clothing and Bedding.
Tin Opener , A Sharp and Durable Utility Knife, Eating utensils: Knife, Fork and Spoon
Saucepan and fry pan. A large cooking pot such as an old pressure cooker could be handy if you need to boil water.
Spade and Tools: Spanner, Hammer, a few nails, Screwdriver, Bucket and Spade, and a Tomahawk, or small axe.
Torch, Matches, Candles
Some dry newspaper and a wee bit of kindling.
Transistor Radio, and spare batteries for torch and radio.
A couple of large, clean plastic buckets.
A large piece of plastic sheeting, in case you need to collect water.
Seeds of Food Plants: We all should be saving seeds in case we need them. Keep a seed bank of: Celery, Tomato, Pumpkin, Potatoes, Silver beet, Green beans, Broccoli, Garlic, Onions, Carrots etc. It is important to have a few seeds stored safely, just in case food sources dry up for a long time. Make sure that your seeds are not sterilized, or interfered with genetically. Most seeds that you buy have been engineered so that they will produce only once, just so that we have to go back and purchase more each season, rather than keep our own seeds. This means that the big multi-national seed companies have direct control over our fate in the event of a food crisis, because they are in control of our food sources, and this is a very bad thing. In a major crisis, where no food is being brought to us anymore, we have to be able to grow our own food. So, if we are not to starve in the event of a major world calamity, we must ensure that we have original, fertile, unhybridized seed which will reproduce.
We should already be growing as many plants as we can: fruit trees- apple trees – lemon trees – guava and feijoa bushes – wherever there is a spot for them- silver beet and other stuff – Get the vege garden flourishing and producing food for the table. Fresh fruit and vegetables are better for us anyway, but there will come a time when we really will need this home-grown produce.
Remember to always keep some seeds in storage.

Here is some detail – the ‘run down’, on the items above which you need to include in your best earthquake survival kit:

Blankets: Keep several warm woolen blankets in your survival kit. Make sure you have enough for the family. Make sure they remain dry. Keep them in plastic bags to ensure they do not become damp, and keep them up off the floor. Check them occasionally, to make sure they are still dry and usable.
Water: How To Store Water For an Earthquake or other Emergency: Drinking water is essential. Water is the most important requirement for survival. You can live without food for several days, but you cannot survive for long without water. Water supplies often are affected after a major earthquake. It is important to keep some good clean drinking water available at all times, in case of other disasters which could affect your city water supply. Use glass bottles for your drinking water, but also keep a few plastic bottles of water for washing, and in case the glass bottles should get broken. Do not use plastic milk bottles to store any of your water, as bacteria in milk bottles will cause your water to become undrinkable. Use fruit juice bottles, or fizzy drink bottles, and glass wine bottles for a better quality water for drinking. Make sure the bottles are clean before you fill them, then fill them right to the top of the bottle, then put the lid on tight. The less air you have in your stored water bottles, the less likely it will be affected by bacteria. Then, store your bottles of emergency water in a cool dark place – in that outside shed if you have one. It pays to check your emergency water supply every three months: empty out the old water and put fresh water into your storage bottles. This will help ensure that your water is drinkable if you should need it.
First Aid Kit: You need to have bandages, plasters, scissors, and a disinfectant such as iodine. Keep some soap in your kit as well. Having a St John’s first aid book in your first aid kit could be valuable in saving somebody’s life. If there is a disaster which confines you to an area, then you will have time to read up the first aid manual and refresh your memory, hopefully before you need to apply first aid.
Keep a clean plastic bucket or two in your shed as this will be useful for washing, for carrying or collecting water and supplies, and all manner of things if the situation is serious.
Food Items: The Best Earthquake Survival Kit Foods are foods which won’t deteriorate in storage. Tinned food is the best. Protein is essential for strength in survival: Keep several cans of tuna – stockpile at least three cans per person if you can. Sardines, Mackerel and other tinned fish are also good. Tinned baked beans are a great survival food. These are high in protein and are a rich energy food. You can survive for several weeks on baked beans, especially if you were to eat the sprouted green mung beans with them, as a fresh vegetable. Keep a few kilos of dried mung beans in an air tight tin. Try to keep at least a kilogram of mung beans per person in your survival kit. These are a great earthquake survival kit food, as they are highly nutritious, contain protein and carbohydrate, and store well. Mung beans are an excellent survival food, because you can cook them, or soak them and sprout them. Sprouted mung beans will give you a fresh vegetable source, rich in Vitamin C, protein, enzymes and fiber. Keep a suitable large plastic or glass bottle ready to sprout your mung beans. Brown rice is an excellent grain to keep in your food supplies. Make sure that the mice can’t get to it. Oatmeal, and Oatbran are good to keep in your earthquake survival kit: Oatmeal, or oatmeal bran, does not require cooking, although it is nutritionally better when it is cooked. If you are unable to cook it, raw oatbran can be soaked for an hour or so before eating, which will help with its digestion. Dried fruits such as dates, sultanas, or raisins can be added to this dry oatmeal muesli, which will add to its energy value and nutritional value too. Nuts for Protein: Keep a quantity of nuts such as almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts and cashews in your survival kit. You need to keep, say, two cupfuls for each member of the family. With nuts, though, you need to replace them every three months so that they are always fresh if you should need them. Every three months you can take out the older nuts to use in the kitchen, and replace them with fresh nuts. Dried sesame seeds and sunflower seeds are good survival foods: These do not need to be cooked, are high in protein and calcium, and are very sustaining. Dried Milk Powder is an excellent food stand-by for the best earthquake survival kit. Keep the full cream one, as this is more nutritious than thin milk: Full cream milk powder will sustain you for longer than thin milk powder. Keep a large bottle of virgin olive oil, full strength. Olive oil is an important item to have in that food collection for survival: it provides important fats which are vital for health, and contains vitamin E and other nutrients. You can cook with it, you can add it to that mung bean sprout salad for flavour and nutritional value. . Olive oil is a really excellent food, and if necessary, then a couple of tablespoonsful a day could keep you going without any other food for quite a few days.
With all your stored food, check on its freshness from time to time. It is better to circulate the stored food, so that you get to eat it before it goes stale. Replace the stored food every three months.

Important Items To Keep in Your Earthquake Survival Kit: Make sure you have a good tin opener and a sharp knife and a spoon or two. Keep two or three new lighters, and several boxes of matches in your earthquake survival kit. Also make sure you have a good torch ready to go, and keep a spare set of batteries in case you should need them.
Keep a strong spade handy. A spade will be essential if the sewage system is affected. It will also be essential if food supplies are cut for a time, as you will be able to get cracking and plant some of those pumpkin seeds, silver beet seeds, potatoes and the lik, which you have stored in your shed. . A hammer, spanner, nails, screwdriver are also good things to have ready.
If you can, keep a good sized tarpaulin in your shed to use as shelter if it is needed. A canvas tent, which will house the whole family in the case of an emergency, is a good thing to have.


Destruction of the Rainforest Indonesia

Indonesian Rainforest At Risk

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I have just had an email from Nick Young from Greenpeace. Greenpeace representatives are in downtown Auckland right at this moment at a conference of Fonterra officials.

Greenpeace are trying to alert the public as to the negative effects Fonterra is having on the Indonesian rainforest.

Greenpeace claim that Fonterra have links to the destruction of the rainforest in Indonesia. On Tuesday, they made public a report which they say confirms that Fonterra has links to destroying forest to make way for the planting of palm plantations.

Greenpeace were at Kalimantan over the weekend, where they captured extensive footage of the forest destruction.

Palm Plantation Industry: Palm plantations produce palm oil, which is highly sought after by many food producers and makers of cosmetics. It is even used as fuel in some parts of the world. Palm oil production is a big industry which is rapidly destroying rainforests in many parts of the world.

Pine Forests Destroy Native Forests in New Zealand: Big industry is destroying the rainforests, not only in Indonesia and other counties, but right here in New Zealand. The Taupo hills are just one area which used to be covered with native bush. Now, it is pretty much pine forest all the way, except for the cosmetic planting of a few exotic trees alongside the road for the tourists to see.

Big industry has much to answer for in destroying the environment: Mining, drilling for oil, even growing pine trees on a mammoth scale such as we do in New Zealand for overseas markets, are all examples of industries which are destroying our environment. Apart from the damage done, these industries are UNSUSTAINABLE.

In the case of mining in New Zealand, or anywhere, for that matter: once the goods have been taken and sold off, that’s it. No more.

In the case of growing pine oil plantations in Indonesia, AND pine tree plantations in New Zealand, where we have cut down native forest to support this industry, it not only ruins the environment, but the practice is unsustainable. This is because the soil becomes more depleted with each planting. Pine trees make the soil more acidic, so that nothing much else will grow there. Massive erosion occurs when the rains come each time the trees are cut down. I am sure that the effects will be similar in Indonesia, where palm oil plantations have been planted. Eventually, these large areas of pine tree forest, or palm plantation, will become desert land.

We are told that these big companies ‘give people jobs’, which they do. But often at the expense of the environment. Think local, rather than global when it comes to economic values. We need small societies which are based on organic agriculture, with locally based economies. It should be our aim to produce as many of our living requirements in the local area: from food, to clothing manufacture to building materials. If we do not have what is needed, then an alternative should be sought, in keeping with materials available.

Our society needs to change so that we were all begin to care properly for our local environment and take some responsibility for our needs and our own communities.

We in New Zealand are supposed to be ‘clean’ and ‘green’. The rest of the world sees us as being protective of the environment, which is just what Greenpeace are doing today – being protective of the environment. But I think we need to address our own situation here in New Zealand too.


Kamakazi Japanese Retirees Will Sacrifice Their Lives 2011

Japan Nuclear Clean Up

“Our struggle for health is not at all isolated from our movement for a world free from wars, weapons, and exploitation”: Quote from Homeopathic Textbook.

And Germany sets a precedent for the rest of the world: GERMANY WILL BE NUCLEAR FREE BY 2022. This is surely the best news the world has had since i can remember. One good outcome has come from the terrible earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster in Japan on March 11, 2011.

Just today, on BBC News through the night, May 31st 2011, we were informed about the group of retired Japanese pensioners who have offered to go into the Fukushima nuclear plant to do the necessary work to shut down the reactors and make them safe. Radioactive material is still leaking into the sea from the Fukushima reactors, so it is of dire urgency that they are made safe. But actually working anywhere near or in, the nuclear reactors, is a very very dangerous experience, and is one which will shorten your life considerably, even if you do not die within a few months, or years, from radiation exposure.

This was sadly the fate of those brave people who went into the Chernobyl nuclear plant to attempt clean up after the nuclear disaster there in the 1990’s. These men and women did not last long after their work at the Chernobyl Nuclear power plant. Radiation exposure caused them all to die of cancer and other mysterious wasting diseases, within a few years. A rememberance service was given for these brave people only recently, to acknowledge the sacrifice they all made in order to protect, as much as they were able, the safety and health of their fellow countrymen. These Chernobyl volunteers could also be likened to the brave Kamakazi, and should be remembered for all time because of the sacrifices they made for the sake of their fellow countrymen, humankind and the environment.

After the earthquake tsunami disaster of March 11, 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was damaged, causing a melt down, in three of the reactors. this has resulted in a major nuclear disaster. Dangerous levels of radiation are still being emitted from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, and clean up procedures are expected to go on until the beginning of next year, or longer.

Yasuteru Yamada, who is a retired engineer, has begun the movement for skilled veterans to join forces to clean up the nuclear mess at Fukushima. He says that it is wrong for the young people to be doing this work. Young people have a higher chance of getting cancer from exposure to the radiation, than do older people. Also, these young people have their lives ahead of them, with families to look after, and possibly more children to come. These children born of the men working in these radioactive environments will have very high chances of being born with defects. Some of the men working in these nuclear power plants will be made completely sterile, due to the radiation. Many will develop cancer and other wasting diseases.

Yasuteru Yamada says that he, and his retired friends, are at the end of their lives, so it makes sense for them to be working in this dangerous environment of nuclear radiation. Michio Ito is another retiree who has joined the group of workers to aid in the process of clean-up. About 200 people have so far volunteered. This is an incredible act of heroism which will benefit the whole of the country, at the probable expense of their lives.

Harsh weather and tropical storms have hit Japan’s Fukushima coastline over the past few days. This has caused even more devastation, with more nuclear fall-out and radioactive material leaking into the sea and onto the flooded ground.