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Public remain in the dark about plans by Horowhenua District Council to transfer up to 40 percent of public assets to the yet to be legally registered property trust called Horowhenua NZ Trust

More excellent investigative reporting from Veronica Harrod

Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it superman? No, it’s a giant wrecking ball and its coming near you soon.

The public remain in the dark about plans by Horowhenua District Council to transfer up to 40 percent of public assets to the recently established property investment trust called Horowhenua NZ Trust.

The only item on the 6 June agenda to be discussed in a publicly excluded part of the meeting refers to “Legal Matters: Settlement Options – Historic Dispute” which, if this refers to the transfer of public assets, appears to be deliberately worded to hide council’s intention.

Council will discuss and vote on this item in a publicly excluded part of the meeting on the grounds, “The withholding of the information is necessary to enable the local authority to carry on, without prejudice or disadvantage, negotiations (including commercial and industrial negotiations).”

One of the big problems residents have is how the commercial confidential clauses of the Local Government Act deny the public opportunities to be a part of discussions in the public interest. Also, the public don’t know how councillors vote on publicly excluded matters or whether councillors have undeclared conflicts of interest.

It is the only clause of the Local Government Act available to council’s, who may be motivated by self and vested interest rather than public interest, because it allows council’s to side-step obligations to be transparent and accountable.

But when council’s get into bed with land and property developers to the extent this council has then serious concerns about how the commercial confidentiality clause of the Local Government Act is being used are justified.

The most glaring example of this was the sale of the former council owned pensioner housing portfolio to one of the biggest land and property developers in the country Willis Bond for a firesale price of $5.2 million resulting in a loss of $1.86 million.

The Office of the Auditor General is making a determination on this matter and conflicts of interest but, to put it mildly, residents aren’t holding their breathe that an investigation of any real merit will be pursued.

In a report on supporting the establishment of the Horowhenua NZ Trust economic development manager Shanon Grainger stated, “The Trust operates through a Trust Deed in standard fashion. That Deed holds trustees to account, trustees operate under the standard legislation and case law applying to trustees. This is a high level of accountability with sanctions and remedies.”

But the public don’t know how the Trust will operate because the Trust has not been legally registered, there is no Trust deed to refer to and who the specific directors are still has not been announced.

Mr Grainger also said the Trust model was, “explicitly detached from local government so that local government politicians are not compromised, and investors are not compromised.”

Yet members of council’s in-house economic development board are Trust directors in the first instance and three councillors are on the board including deputy chair of the economic development board councillor Wayne Bishop who is also the deputy mayor.

Compounding concerns is the fact Cr Bishop has three land and property development companies, and an extensive and growing number of Horowhenua land and property development projects, and the Trust is being assisted by the council’s chief executive David Clapperton who established a company classified under the land development/subdivision category in November 2016.

These facts alone appear to contradict Mr Grainger’s comment the Trust is “explicitly detached from local government.”

Not only has the council publicly stated it intends on transferring up to 40 percent of assets to the Trust but an unknown amount of ratepayer funds that council spends on “economic development” will also be funnelled to the Trust.

The only public comment made about how much council spends on “economic development” was a vague statement made by Mr Clapperton the dollar amount was unknown because it is within the Representation and Community Leadership budget of $4.1 million annually!

Plans by the council and the yet-to-be legally registered Horowhenua NZ Trust move relentlessly forward even though the public are being consulted on a myriad of plans and strategies that, if adopted in their present form, will unleash an explosive number of land and development, demolition and construction projects across the district.

Clearly though this trend of council’s getting into bed with land and property developers is undergoing a 21st Century renaissance. Listen to what is happening at New Plymouth District Council: “The council wants to sell part of Peringa Reserve – including half of a public golf course – to housing developers for $35 million. Opponents say it is protected recreational space and should be kept. RNZ Taranaki reporter Robin Martin has more.

The New Plymouth district council has come under fire for describing a proposal to sell part of a coastal reserve as “land recycling”. The council wants to sell part of…
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Note: As the additional link on New Plymouth shows, councils up & down the land are using the tried & true method of relieving you of your public assets your forbears worked to provide for succeeding generations. Public Private Partnerships. Listen to Joan Veon on that topic (see our Agenda 21/30 pages). Buying your assets for a song literally via the back door. This link  will take you to related examples of this in NZ including Joan Veon’s information. Let’s not forget these transfer of assets seem to be happening with no rhyme or reason as to their value, witness the transfer of Horowhenua’s pensioner flats to Willis & Bond property developers with front company Compassion Housing formed a week before the sale, at a loss of $1.86 million (ie sold that much below their true value, a right royal gift for W&B. Enjoy (if you can). EnvirowatchRangitikei
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“CDC Head Forced to Resign After She’s Caught Buying Shares in Vaccine & Big Tobacco Companies” – so what’s new on the corruption front?

A reader recently reminded me on a similar headline news article that once in a while we have a fall guy (in this case girl) to keep the illusion going that the system is keeping check on things. The system as many of us know is rife with conflicts of interest over Monsanto fingers in various pies. So on this particular headline then I’m not holding my breath for anything significant to change in the halls of corruption.
EnvirowatchRangitikei


From thefreethoughtproject.com

A scathing report has just revealed that the now-former head of the Center for Disease Control, Brenda Fitzgerald was purchasing shares in drug companies as well as big tobacco—while heading up the organization ostensibly devoted to health. The hypocritical nature of her position at the CDC while simultaneously investing in companies contrary to her mission exposes the true control industries have over allegedly ‘objective’ government agencies.

For those that don’t know, the CDC is supposed to be the nation’s leader in smoking cessation efforts as smoking-related deaths kill more people in the United States every year than anything else. So, when the head of the nation’s largest anti-smoking department not only holds a massive amount of stock in Big Tobacco, but actually buys more of it while she is in office, it is time to pay attention.

https://thefreethoughtproject.com/cdc-head-forced-resign-shes-caught-buying-shares-vaccine-big-tobacco-companies/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Traffic+Driver&utm_campaign=Facebook+Stout

Why are Horowhenua’s State-owned properties selling to private property developers for well below their Capital Value?

This is actually happening up & down NZ however this article by Veronica Harrod focuses on the Horowhenua. How is this fair given the pensioner housing sold at a loss of $1.86 million and the council wallows in burgeoning debt ($68 mill last time I looked) as are councils up and down the land. The new norm. Next of course will be rates rises to cover this debt & woe betide anybody who complains about that. Never mind the obvious mismanagement of funds on high by very well paid CEs everywhere. Our grandparents who helped accumulate these assets must be turning in their graves… EnvirowatchRangitikei


From Veronica Harrod

 

Land and development company owned by council deputy mayor Wayne Bishop purchased former Horowhenua Hospital site in 2014.

A land and property development company owned by Horowhenua District Council deputy mayor Wayne Bishop paid less than a quarter of the Capital Value for Levin’s former Horowhenua Hospital site in 2014.

According to the Quotable Values database the 4.92 hectare site listed as “Other-Health/Medical” which had a Capital Value of $3.8 million was sold to Wayne Bishop Investments Ltd on August 2014 for $968,000.

Cr Bishop also purchased the 48 hectare former Kimberley Hospital site on leasehold land in 2014 from MidCentral Health where he has been developing a staged “gated” 500 housing lifestyle development called Speldhurst Country Estate. In one year the RV of the former Kimberley Hospital site sky-rocketed from $3.8 million to $11.8 million.

Wayne Bishop Investments Ltd has made three other strategic land purchases adjacent to the former Horowhenua Hospital site including, in one instance, one he paid over six times the Registered Valuation (RV) for.

According to the Quotable Value database on 13 August 2014 Wayne Bishop Investments paid $968,000 for a residential-vacant lot in Hinemoa Street which had a RV of $165,000.

Two years later on September 1, 2016 Wayne Bishop Investments paid $1.2 million, double the RV of $520,000, for 2.33 hectares of land next to the former hospital site which means he owns 10.5 hectares of prime real estate land on Liverpool Street.

His company also purchased another 3.6 hectare block of land behind the former hospital site where Hinemoa Street and Awatea Street joins with Waimarie Park.

Last year the council voted in a publicly excluded council meeting to sell the council owned pensioner housing portfolio for a firesale price of $5.2 million to land and property developer Willis Bond which includes pensioner housing units at Waimarie Park.

An Audit NZ report for the Year ending 30 June 2017 presented to the public for the first time at the February 18 Finance, Audit and Risk committee revealed the council lost $1.86 million on the sale of the pensioner housing and 1.1 hectare of land to Willis Bond.

According to a leaked copy of the terms of sale Willis Bond are only required to retain the pensioner housing portfolio as community housing until 2029 but the public don’t know whether Cr Bishop has a conflict of interest or whether he declared a conflict of interest, because voting was done behind closed doors.

Cr Bishop has three land and development companies including Wayne Bishop Investments Ltd, Wayne Bishop Builder and Wayne Bishop that collectively own extensive land and property interests across New Zealand including Horowhenua.

After he was elected Cr Bishop openly stated in a media interview he would represent the “development community”, a euphemism for land and property developers, and revealed he had four Horowhenua land and property developments on the go.

He is now in an influential council position as deputy mayor and deputy chair of the council’s in-house economic development board, which has multi-million dollar vested interests in land and property development and construction industries.

Since he was elected to council in 2011, after securing 519 of 2189 votes, council has become increasingly involved in pushing a land and development agenda – including rolling out an extensive number of land and development projects – to such an extent the district is now referred to as the construction hub of the lower North Island.


Veronica Harrod is a qualified journalist with a Master of Communications specialising in traditional and new media content. Investigating and reporting on political, economic and legislative trends that negatively impact on the day to day lives of people is one of her main areas of interest. Lifestyle content she is interested in includes celebrating our own especially the tireless work community advocates do as civil citizens participating in democracy to keep those in power on their toes. In a media age dominated by a multi billion dollar communications and public relations industry paid to manipulate information to protect and advance the interests of the few over the many there have to be journalists who are impervious to the all pervasive influencial role they have over local and central government and corporate interests.

For more information about Veronica’s professional qualifications see her Facebook page.


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NOTE: Cr Campbell was originally removed from his new post as DM because he had spoken out about conflicts of interest within council as I recall it at that meeting which was preceded by a public protest and also streamed.

Why is Chickenpox, once a rite of passage for all children, now a new dreaded disease?

In 2017 GlaxoSmithKline achieved a monopoly of all childhood vaccines
by Hilary Butler – Friday, June 30, 2017

A lot of New Zealand children have been coming down with chickenpox, as evidenced by newspaper articles like this one from Otago Daily Times. Put the word, “chickenpox” in Google news, and it’s everywhere, even popping up in . . . vaccinated USA.

Chickenpox, which was once a rite of passage for all children, is still a normal childhood disease for many children.

But things are changing. Chickenpox parties are now considered a medical crime and the height of dangerous irresponsibility. Don’t be surprised if media is saturated with this GSK chickenpox advertisement.

Because . . . Glaxo Smith Kline’s chickenpox vaccine will be added to the New Zealand vaccination schedule in July 2017. On the surface that’s the only major change most parents will notice. Under the surface is a much bigger change. GlaxoSmithKline has achieved a monopoly of all childhood vaccines up to the age of 11.

Having scratched IMAC’s back for a very long time, GSK finally gets their payback. Both Nikki Turner and IMAC have been prolifically funded by GSK, as evidenced from Helen Petousis-Harris’ study funding over the years; Nikki Turner’s WHO SAGE committee conflicts of interest, and funding for the Research Review educational series.

Of course, to provaxxers, GlaxoSmithKline funding the New Zealand provaccine forever and a day, and for a long time into the future, isn’t REALLY considered a conflict of interest. It is only a conflict of interest when parents pay for books written by anyone who points out history and medical literature which calls into question, vaccine propaganda. Ironic hypocrisy really.

Not that GlaxoSmithKline cares. They have got what they wanted. Almost a clean sweep of all childhood vaccines from 2017 will harvest shareholders, millions of taxpayer dollars.

So why has the Chickenpox vaccine been put into the schedule?

GSK has been touting this vaccine in New Zealand since 1995 as shown by this direct approach to doctors in 2004.

Notice how little information they gave doctors on the vaccine.

So for 22 years, some New Zealand parents have bought this vaccine for their children. The vast majority of the vaccinated children I knew still got chickenpox. The common parental response? “BECAUSE my children were vaccinated, they didn’t die”. Such is the power of brainwashing.

According to the recent Research Review Educational Series to New Zealand professionals, rising complications are the main reason for the introduction of this vaccine, because chickenpox has become a serious disease and therefore, parents’ perceptions of diseases should change.

When Ian was born in 1981, the doctor gave me THIS Panadol pamphlet. When David was born, in 1984, the doctor gave me THIS Panadol pamphlet. In both, the special points said: “As harmful complications are rare, no vaccination is necessary.”

In 2017, it’s a serious disease. In order to make parents vaccinate, they have to be scared of a disease, so you have to shift social perception, and that doesn’t happen overnight. A recent 2017 article about the Australian flu vaccine scare in 2010, showed that parents won’t use a vaccine if they don’t have a “high level of dread”.

Parents who aren’t in a state of dread, are able to think – to rationalise – that a disease that isn’t about to kill their child, doesn’t need a vaccine.

Most parents who have successfully home-nursed normal, mild chickenpox don’t consider it a big deal. So, you should expect to be told some really scary chickenpox stories on main stream media, to raise your level of dread.

And in that context, let’s be honest. Chickenpox, when treated the way the medical model recommends, can turn really nasty on you, which is provable from the medical literature.

Let’s look at how that came about.

An article came out in the Consumer magazine in 1995, which talked about a jump in hospital discharges for chickenpox complications in 1993. I rang the Ministry of Health Statistics services on 18th November 1995, and they told me that it might only be an artifact because in 1992, the definition of hospital discharge had changed to include any short stay of “longer than three hours”. Given the long waiting times in A&E even back then, you could now be labelled as “hospital discharged” for nothing at all.

That increase was prominently featured in a 1998 NZMJ article discussing the rationale for introducing the chickenpox vaccination in New Zealand.

But before that article, discussion for the vaccine was mainly centred on convenience for parents:

However, the 2017 ‘expert’ advice released to GPs, centres on the rise in hospitalisations which have increased considerably since then:

So the change in the criteria for Hospital admission isn’t responsible for all of the increase.

In my opinion, what started to increase the severity of chickenpox was the mindless recommendation to use fever-lowering drugs.

Even though there is NO EVIDENCE that bringing down a fever in an infected child, helps that child, it’s the reflexive go-to, which the medical system constantly recommends. Never mind that for decades, even the World Health Organisation has said that drugs which reduce infectious fevers increase complications and deaths. http://beyondconformity.org.nz/hilarys-desk/paracetamol-should-not-be-used-for-infectious-fevers-revisited

Many newspaper reports of chickenpox complications have focused on the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in chickenpox complications. Yet no mention is made in this update to doctors of the widely known link between the increase in GAS (Groups A Strep) complications, following the use of NSAIDs. This is in spite of the fact that New Zealand has one of the worst rates in the world for nasty skin infections like GAS.

Why would ibuprofen be a problem? More to the point, could New Zealand’s Panadol (Pamol, paracetamol, acetaminophen) also be a problem? Why have parents become addicted to using acetaminophen drugs to reduce fevers, and every illness, cut and scrape?

Earlier I mentioned the old brochures provided by the then makers of Panadol, in the early 80s, to be handed out to parents by doctors.

These brochures were a partnership venture between Winthrop Laboratories, which made children’s Panadol elixir, and doctors. The purpose was to educate parents, who were “losing their familiarity with diseases and uncertain how to treat mild infections when they do strike”. The brochure simply replaced the old fashioned proper nursing with panadol, and was the start of a concerted drive to increase the use of acetaminophen products to treat fevers during infection, or “discomfort”. All through the 1990s, magazine articles about dying children often had small paragraphs like this

By the year 2000, newspapers were reporting that Pamol had become a social medication. After all it was touted as such a safe drug to be used for – well – anything really:

This was confirmed in a 2004 study and is a trend that continues to this day. Ironically, instead of blaming the drug manufacturers and the doctors who brainwashed the parents into using an unnecessary drug in the first place, now it’s the parents’ fault for being fever-phobic and self-medicating.

Look again at that graph above showing the increase in complications above. Interesting, isn’t it? The increase in chickenpox complications mirrors the institutionalisation of Panadol/Pamol as the social medication go-to.

Our children got chickenpox around the same time as some vaccinated children got chickenpox. The mother of a very poxy, vaccinated child was most surprised when ours did better than hers, and made the mistake of congratulating me on vaccinating my children. My response was that my children did better than hers because they were NOT vaccinated; I knew better than to use paracetamol or acyclovir, which she had used; and I knew how to feed my children and treat the skin properly. She didn’t have a clue on any of those topics.

Currently the dogma is that only ibuprofen is linked with GAS, but is it just ibuprofen?

By 1989, it was already known that paracetamol prolongs the course of chickenpox, just as it prolongs the course of the flu, and the children taking paracetamol were also itchier. Why then, would doctors suggest Pamol? They just do. This is not an epidemic of advice solely caused by parents wanting to use Pamol as social medicine. Just like, “It’s just a little prick” used to be the mantra before injecting a vaccine, “Just give Pamol . . . ” is still the automaton response from medical people when it comes to dealing with the outward sign of the body’s own defense against invasion—fever.

In my opinion, if paracetamol can blunt the immune system, allowing chickenpox and other infections to last longer, then it could well do exactly the same as ibuprofen, and drive secondary bacterial superinfections deeper.

No-one has bothered to look at the use of Pamol in children in New Zealand who have chickenpox complications. Are they too scared? Or will they say that the use of Pamol is only an indication that the child was actually sick?

My paracetamol folders bulge with newspaper and medical articles showing how dangerous paracetamol is, and how it increases a whole host of serious childhood problems.

So why does the medical system not STOP parents using paracetamol for chickenpox, influenza, and other infectious fevers?

Do we have proof that ibuprofen is dangerous with chickenpox? Yes, by the bucket load. Take a look at Bryant just for starters.

Even worse, if you use any NSAID and get GAS complications, You get hit twice because the NSAID reduces the effectiveness of antibiotics in fighting the infection.

But back to the new 2017 advice for doctors about VarilRix, the GSK chickenpox vaccine.

Before you read the advice to doctors, please read these three different Varilrix datasheets.

Varilrix 2012.

Varilrix 2014. 

and the new Medsafe Varilrix 2016.

Print them out. Compare them.

Note that the 2016 data sheet REMOVED most of the side effects listed in the 2012, and 2014 datasheets. Notice that the 2004 advisory to doctors, also had almost no side effects.

Notice that in all of them, the efficacy data used is the same, though slightly different in the 2017 doctor advisory.

Notice also that the expert review got the vaccine components WRONG saying it had human albumin.

Whereas in 2012, and 2014, Varilrix contained human albumin, Medsafe’s 2016 datasheet says it does not.

Why has the rate of chickenpox complications increased? Why is the information above, not in any expert information? These factors behind the increase in chickenpox complications would be considered to be “non-essential” concepts. After all, if a vaccine can prevent it, we don’t need to expose the practices that cause the increase in complications do we?

Here is what you should know:

1) 62% of people who have never experienced the pox, could already be immune.  People without a history of clinical infection should be tested before the chickenpox vaccine is given. (Holmes 2005)

2) The use of ibuprofen (and IMO paracetamol) for fever, by down-regulating the immune system, allows Group A Streptococcal and other bacterial infections to run rampant.

3) New Zealand doctors indiscriminately prescribe anti-virals, antibiotics and topical Fusidin. Has this also led to further expansion of various drug-resistant bacteria? After all, New Zealand has huge skin infection issues compared to the rest of the developed world.

4) Varilrix data sheet says 20 – 92% of any severity of chickenpox and 86 – 100% of severe disease will be stopped. Advice to professionals from IMAC is that Varilrix will prevent chickenpox of any severity in 65.4% of children and moderate to severe chickenpox in 90.7% of children..

5) Varilrix should only be given to healthy children? Please define healthy.

6) We know that various immune deficiencies in children, are on the rise, some of which aren’t detected in childhood.  Both the vaccine and infection could put those children at risk. Shouldn’t those parents be educated as to the risks that the current  medical advice for treatment imposes on the innate immune system of their children?

7) Why have the nasty side effects listed in the GSK Varilrix datasheets in 2012 and 2014 been removed from the 2016 GSK datasheet?

Chickenpox complications could have been prevented a long time ago if the real concepts about how to nurse children with chickenpox – how to prevent secondary infections, were taught, but they are not. A situation which suits the provaccine, because in 2017, how many parents would think to question medical advice?

Look at this from the Otago Daily Times:

The advice about baths every three hours, has possible flow-on effects, particularly if it involves soap, oatmeal, or anything which makes the skin pH alkaline. The skin immune system functions best with an acid pH (around 5.5) and with the skin’s own salt, which is a crucial cofactor to key immune system cells which fight bacterial infections.

When parents constantly put children with chickenpox in (oat) baths, they are diluting the microbiome into the bath water, spreading potential pathogens, making the skin alkaline, and opening wide the doorway for potentially serious GAS secondary infections.

Pink Calamine lotion with a ph of 10 is just about useless, should be called out for what it is. Quackery..

There are other, far more appropriate ways to treat chickenpox, that the medical model appears to have no idea about, but which I will not talk about here. After all, it’s bad enough questioning medical vaccine dogma and current treatment advice, without being also accused of practicing medicine without a license.

If parents question or refuse this vaccine, Professor John Fraser will no doubt roll out his go-to scientific “terrorists” label accusing parents of not loving their children.

If this vaccine has any reactions, they will be a coincidence non-disorder and any reactions will be denied as usual. Unless it’s a tinsy sore arm. That will be added to the SMARS database just to make it look like the Dunedin Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring is paying attention .

Another point not being discussed in the doctor advisory, is the fact that many children previously vaccinated with Varilvax, subsequently get chickenpox. One notable case known to me who had two chickenpox vaccines, recently had chickenpox for the third time.

Just before you say, “you can’t get chickenpox more than once!”, actually you can.

Repeated chickenpox is much more common than you would think. This study discusses four cases, and quotes other studies with similar stories including a study showing chickenpox in “apparently immune” patients. This study showed“sequential follow-up of their eight patients revealed one who became seronegative and two who lost cellular immunity and that some of them developed more than three episodes of recurrent chickenpox”.

It will be most interesting to watch just how the chickenpox vaccine changes the age-epidemiology of chickenpox and zoster once levels of vaccine uptake get high, and what the long-term outcome of that will be. But doctors are well prepared for that. They know that the chickenpox vaccine results in more cases of shingles, so they will offer everyone Merck’s 14x stronger chickenpox vaccine called Zostavax.

 

SOURCE:

http://www.beyondconformity.co.nz/hilarys-desk/chickenpox-a-new-dreaded-disease

To all the users of Roundup, beware those ‘glyphosate’s safe’ claims – EPA’s biased assessment falls short of the most basic standards of independent research

Kiwis love this product and most I’ve found won’t hear a bar of the voluminous body of independent research. You will see them walking the streets with their backpacks, no protective gear in sight, spraying often in high winds. I’ve seen them & filmed them. They can also be alarmingly aggressive if you cross them. Councils are just as bad, many of them farmers, they refuse to hear anything bad of the manufacturers. With cancer rates now at 1 in 3 surely you would think they would want to err on the safe side and desist from using it but no, we must have our yellow berms, ditches and garden edges mustn’t we? And Monsanto wouldn’t lie to us? Would they? See our glyphosate pages. EnvirowatchRangitikei

“Migratory monarch populations have declined by 80 percent in the past two decades, and their decline has been driven in large part by the surge in glyphosate use ”  Sustainable Pulse

 

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A NZ paddock sprayed with Glyphosate .. the ground is later plowed and stock will later feed on the new grass … right into the food chain

From sustainablepulse.com

A federal advisory panel of independent scientists unanimously found earlier this year that in assessing glyphosate the pesticides office at the EPA failed to follow its own guidelines for determining whether a chemical can cause cancer. In the final draft released today, the EPA stated that the guidelines “… are intended as a guidance only …” and do not necessarily have to be followed.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released Monday a controversial analyses that rely heavily on industry studies to conclude that glyphosate poses no significant risks to humans.

The EPA review, which ignored the agency’s own guidelines for assessing cancer risks, contradicts a 2015 World Health Organization analysis of published research that determined glyphosate is a probable carcinogen.

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and most widely used pesticide in the world; 300 million pounds of it are used in the U.S. each year.

“The only way the EPA could conclude that glyphosate poses no significant risks to human health was to analyze industry studies and ignore its own guidelines when estimating cancer risk,” said Nathan Donley, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. “The EPA’s biased assessment falls short of the most basic standards of independent research and fails to give Americans an accurate picture of the risks posed by glyphosate use.”

A federal advisory panel of independent scientists unanimously found earlier this year that in assessing glyphosate the pesticides office at the EPA failed to follow its own guidelines for determining whether a chemical can cause cancer. In the final draft released today, the EPA stated that the guidelines “… are intended as a guidance only …” and do not necessarily have to be followed.

Scientists typically use previously agreed upon guidelines to prevent biases from swaying the analysis in one direction or another.

The chair of the EPA’s Cancer Assessment Review Committee, Jess Rowland, resigned in 2015 amid controversy. Emails obtained in litigation brought against Monsanto by cancer victims and their families uncovered a disturbingly cozy relationship between the EPA and Monsanto on matters involving the glyphosate risk assessment.

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https://sustainablepulse.com/2017/12/20/epa-relies-on-industry-studies-to-give-glyphosate-new-green-light/#.WjmsXJdSCdF

Joining the dots at Horowhenua District Council: What mainstream isn’t telling you

From kapitiindpendentnews.net.nz

Slugging it out in the Horowhenua

by Veronica Harrod

What is happening in the small neck of the woods called the Horowhenua is a power struggle between conflicting agendas.

On one side of the boxing ring stands Horowhenua District Council Mayor Michael Feyen, supported by councillor Ross Campbell holding the towel and the water bottle in the background.

On the other side of the boxing ring stands deputy mayor Wayne Bishop with his supporters; the eight remaining councillors (although there are signs the amount of blood being spilled is getting too much for some).


The ref is the CEO!

Unfortunately for Mayor Feyen the referee of the boxing match is council’s chief executive David Clapperton, which is why the result will always seem to be in Cr Bishop’s favour because both Cr Bishop and Mr Clapperton have mutually beneficial interests. Mayor Feyen alluded to the source of the power struggle in comments to the media when he said, “There seems to be much at stake for some in council…and that he had ‘severe concerns’ about conflicts of interest within the council.”

 

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Doctors Receiving ‘Merck Vaccination Service Awards’ for Pushing Vaccines

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by Jefferey Jaxen

Where does your doctor’s allegiance lie? Does your healthcare professional listen to your needs and wants as a parent or are they nothing more than affiliate distributors for pharmaceutical companies? It was reported by independent journalist recently that some doctors offices are now demanding their patients sign an immunization contract. What’s an immunization contract you ask? The contract—created outside of law and denying informed consent—requires prospective patients to agree, by signature, to allow 25 vaccines to be injected into their child over a series of visits. Also uncovered in the same investigation, doctors can receive up to $225 per service achieved in the insurance provider category of “childhood immunization [combo 2]”.

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As American families rapidly begin to weed out healthcare providers and doctors diluting the integrity and public trust of healthcare, immunization contracts could be a blessing in disguise. Once presented with such a contract upon arrival into a doctor’s practice, a parent can choose to walk out of the office immediately, instead of walking blindly into a belligerent doctor that may call child protective services on them. Although infuriating, immunization contracts add clarity about the doctor’s intentions, so that parents don’t get trapped by thinking there is room for their informed choice.

There is little question that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a troubled agency. The conflicts of interest and revolving doors leading directly to pharmaceutical companies has been well documented. The film Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe is spotlighting a senior CDC scientist turned whistleblower exposing high-level vaccine research fraud within the agency. CDC director Julie Gerberding, after protecting the alleged CDC vaccine research fraud, left the agency to become president of Merck pharmaceuticals vaccine division.

http://www.thevaccinereaction.org/2016/06/doctors-receiving-merck-vaccination-service-awards-for-pushing-vaccines/


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John Key is a shareholder in the Bank of America – Major conflict of interest with the TPPA

John Key is a shareholder of the Bank of America (page 29 of 2015 register of financial interests for MPs) a major conflict of interest

Some interesting facts here on the conflicts of interest not only with PM Key but Tim Groser also. An interview by Vinny Eastwood with activists Penny Bright and Jacquelyne Taylor. The TPPA’s just been signed today (4/2/16) by Key, with 25,000 peaceful protesters in Auckland alone, so it’s not over yet. See what has yet to happen:

From the Daily Blog:

Here is the step by step legislative process the Government need to undertake now Key has signed the TPPA…

Text and National Interest Analysis are tabled in Parliament

Text and National Interest Analysis are referred to Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee

Executive can ratify TPPA after the select committee reports or 15 sitting days elapse, whichever is earlier.

If legislative change is required to comply with TPPA the Executive will not normally ratify until the legislation is passed

Select committee can elect to hear submissions on TPPA

Select committee reports to Parliament

Parliament may decide to debate the select committee report

Parliament may decide to vote on the TPPA

Executive must report its response to any select committee recommendations within 90 days

Any legislative changes required to bring NZ into compliance with TPPA are introduced in a Bill

The Bill follows standard parliamentary process, normally including submissions

Executive ratifies the Agreement at a time of its choosing, normally after the Bill is passed

NZ notifies the TPPA repository (NZ) that its domestic processes are complete

TPPA comes into force when required number of parties notify completion of domestic processes”

Comrades, brothers and sisters, we can fight this abomination every step of the way, and with 25 000 turning up in Auckland alone, we have the numbers to fight this and slow it down.”

See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2016/02/04/breaking-after-massive-show-of-force-john-key-too-frightened-to-go-to-waitangi-day/?utm_content=bufferee1d8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer#sthash.SNvNWmms.dpuf-