6/25/2013

TPP and Monsanto; Under the TPP Japan would no longer be able to label GMOs. Same situation for New Zealand and Australia.

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Something is looming in the shadows that could help erode our basic rights and contaminate our food. The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has the potential to become the biggest regional Free Trade Agreement in history, both in economic size and the ability to quietly add more countries in addition to those originally included. As of 2011 its 11 countries accounted for 30 percent of the world’s agricultural exports. Those countries are the US, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Viet Nam. Recently, Japan has joined the negotiations.

Six hundred US corporate advisors have had input into the TPP. The draft text has not been made available to the public, press or policy makers. The level of secrecy around this agreement is unparalleled. The majority of Congress is being kept in the dark while representatives of US corporations are being consulted and privy to the details.

The chief agricultural negotiator for the US is the former Monsanto lobbyist, Islam Siddique. If ratified the TPP would impose punishing regulations that give multinational corporations unprecedented right to demand taxpayer compensation for policies that corporations deem a barrier to their profits.


Though TPP content remains hidden, here are some things we do know:
  • Members of Congress are concerned that the TPP would open the door to imports without resolving questions around food safety or environmental impacts on its production.
  • Procurement rules specifically forbid discrimination based on the quality of production. This means that public programs that favor the use of sustainably produced local foods in school lunch programs could be prohibited.
  • The labeling of foods containing GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) will not be allowed. Japan currently has labeling laws for GMOs in food. Under the TPP Japan would no longer be able to label GMOs. This situation is the same for New Zealand and Australia. In the US we are just beginning to see some progress towards labeling GMOs. Under the TPP GMO labels for US food would not be allowed.

6/15/2013

Arrogant Yanks breaks agreement with Japan Again...

TOKYO —

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Friday that the U.S. military has been conducting Osprey training flights after 10 p.m. in Okinawa, despite an agreement with the Japanese government not to do so.

Twelve MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft are based at the U.S. Marines air base at Futenma, with another 12 due to be deployed later in the summer.

Onodera said the original agreement with the U.S. government stipulated that Osprey training flights would not be held between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., TV Asahi reported. The Osprey were observed flying after 10 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week, Onodera told reporters.

Okinawan government officials have lodged a complaint and Onodera said he will ask the U.S. side for further information on the drills.

Earlier this month, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and Osaka Gov Ichiro Matsui offered to ease the base-sharing burden on Okinawa by inviting the U.S. military to hold Osprey flight drills at Yao airport in the prefecture.

Source: Japan Today

6/11/2013

China: Officials bullshit again by denying Organ Harvesting; Suggesting Culpability

Huang Jiefu, head of the Organ Transplantation Committee in China, is pictured on July 28, 2006. Huang's attempts to respond to controversy over an honor given by the University of Sydney revealed his past conduct violated the University of Sydney's code of ethics, according to the organization Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting. (Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images)
Huang Jiefu, head of the Organ Transplantation Committee in China, is pictured on July 28, 2006. Huang's attempts to respond to controversy over an honor given by the University of Sydney revealed his past conduct violated the University of Sydney's code of ethics, according to the organization Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting. (Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images)

Recently, the man in charge of reforming China’s abusive organ transplantation system took part in two high-profile attempts to defend his record and reform efforts, but both attempts seemed to only make matters worse.

Huang Jiefu was the deputy minister of health of China, and is now the head of the Organ Transplantation Committee (OTC), a body set up to oversee what is being called a new system of transplantation, meant to move away from the reliance on executed prisoners (whether death row or the religious kind is another question).

In an attempt to clear his name over a recent controversy associated with an honorary professorship he received from the University of Sydney, Huang held a press conference in Beijing in mid-May. A Chinese official holding a private address for the foreign media is rare.

Huang is significant because he has been lauded by Western doctors and medical institutions for what they regard as his efforts to move China away from using executed prisoners as a source of transplant organs.

But during the press event, he admitted on the record to having himself removed and transplanted organs from executed prisoners—an act that would violate a number of international medical ethics codes, and certainly that of the University of Sydney, which gave him the honorary professorship. And he also defended the use of prisoners for their organs, despite the fact that this ethical violation was what drove the establishment of the new system he has been congratulated for.

It was already suspected, based on Chinese official press reports, that Huang had carried out transplants from executed prisoners. But the direct admission was surprising and harmful, according to Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), a medical advocacy group based in Washington that has argued against Huang’s award.

“Huang’s transplant practice conflicts with the university’s code of conduct,” DAFOH said, in a statement on its website referring to the controversy involving the University of Sydney. “The DAFOH website says “ABC News described Huang as saying the world needs to be understanding and give China a chance. The distorted call for ‘a chance’ is like a slap in the face of the tens of thousands of innocent lives who did not have a slightest chance and were killed for their organs.”

More recently, a Chinese propaganda website was.. (Read More Here):

6/09/2013

Panasonic Executive gets send off of ¥1.9 Billion - after the Company Posts a Net Loss of ¥754 billion


OSAKA – Struggling electronics maker Panasonic Corp. paid a total of ¥1.855 billion ($US18 million in retirement allowances to four board members who stepped down in fiscal 2012, the company revealed Wednesday in its invitation to a shareholders meeting later this month.

Panasonic stopped paying retirement allowances in 2006, but the four were eligible for the payment because they had served on the board from before that year.

As the amount of retirement benefits corresponds to the term of office, most of the sum is likely to have been paid to the late Masaharu Matsushita, who was on the board for about 65 years since 1947.

The company paid a total of ¥862 million in remuneration to 23 board members in fiscal 2012, meaning the average per member is some ¥37.48 million, down about 22 percent from the previous year.

In the just-ended business year, Panasonic incurred a group net loss of ¥754.25 billion, suffering a massive loss for the second straight year due to sluggish sales of digital appliances, including flat-panel televisions, and hefty restructuring costs.

Japan - McDonald’s to offer any soda of any size for Y100 (US$1.00) - Wants more Japanese to addicted to sugar and become diabetics?



This proves that McDonalds don't give a F**K about customers health, and will do anything to try and get customers to buy their HORRIBLE tasting chemical laden food!

I've tasted McDonalds food in Japan and is very poor compared to the US and Australia - And that's why the empire is starting to crumble.

One thing the Japanese Medical system needs to have more of the population with diabetes and other ailments coming from toxic fat and sugar laden food like McDonalds.

Maybe the government should put a ban on these type of offers - like some others have done with their "Supersize" options?



6/08/2013

North Korea - Lunatic Kim Jong Un wants "World Class" Ski Resort finished by the end of 2013



Yes the dickhead from the north, Kim Jong Un has issued a national appeal to speed up work on a "world class" ski resort that is being built as a rival South Korea get ready to host the winter Olympics in 2018

The resort itself is being built by the military and "Will provide the people and school youth and children with highly civilized and happy living conditions" Kim (I'm just a dictatorial looney wanker) said -  

Maybe there might be a basic supply food and accommodation there hey? 

The 2nd prize is two weeks say there!

China - Abhorrent corrupt government releases Chinese American after being held for 5 years

China Great Wall Signage


Hu Zhicheng has been released from detention after being held there for 5 years JUST of being involved in dispute with a local competitor.

Hu was released JUST before President Xi Jinping has a TALK FEST (summit) with President B Obama!

WHAT GOOD TIMING hey?


Japan - Middle-aged males suffering from epidemic of "Monster Wife" disease


TOKYO —

In Japanese, “kogen-byo” is connective tissue disease (previously referred to as collagen disease), and used to describe systemic autoimmune diseases such as lupus.

But Japanese males may also be suffering from an outbreak of a new disease, and Shukan Taishu (June 17) thinks it is on to something. It has changed the first syllable from “ko” to “sai,” thereby altering the name to “saigen-byo,” meaning diseases caused by the stresses and strains of being wed to a “monster” wife.

This condition, reports the magazine, may be spreading rapidly.

“I couldn’t figure out what was causing it,” moaned Mr A, a 45-year-old mid-level manager at a construction company. “I don’t smoke or drink alcohol, and on weekends I go to the gym to keep in shape. But from the end of last year, around the time I knocked off work, I’d feel pains in the area of my temples, and while riding the train home, I’d develop a rapid heartbeat.

“My wife, as I see it, is an extreme perfectionist,” Mr A complained. “Even the most trivial thing has to be done just right or she quietly fumes over it. For example, if I leave particles of food uneaten in my lunch box, she’ll silently dump it into the trash, and then ask me, ‘Was there something you didn’t like?’”

“In spring of this year, when my train arrived at the station near our house, I suddenly got cold sweats, and in my mind’s eye I saw the frosty expression on my wife’s face. ‘Eh?’ I said, startled, and then began to feel dizzy. I thought I was going to fall onto the tracks, when another commuter grabbed me and pulled me to safety.” It could have been a disaster.”

“The more husbands devote themselves to their jobs, the greater pride they feel,” explains Yoichi Shimomura, a veteran company doctor with long experience in mental health counseling. “The more a wife refuses to recognize this, the greater stress the husband feels.”

“Many men also suffer from menopause when they reach their 40s or 50s,” remarks Michiko Yonekura, a psychiatrist at a medical facility staffed entirely by young female physicians, called the “Joy Total Clinic.” “This is caused by a decline in the secretion of testosterone, leading to hormonal imbalances. In this case, they might suffer from vertigo or palpitations, as well as loss of sex drive and erectile dysfunction.”

According to Yonekura, the condition makes itself felt after children grow up and couples become “empty nesters,” or upon retirement, when spouses begin to spend more time together. Of course, some wives come up with the female counterpart of this disease, “fugen-byo” (“fu” means husband).

“Men should learn to develop a ‘playful mind,’” advises Shimomura. “I can’t go so far as to recommend they go out and cheat on their wives, but by having a crush on somebody or playing with remotely controlled models, and so on, they are made to feel young again.

“It’s also important to show extra deference to the wife’s parents, as this develops a sense of gratitude on her part,” Shimomura adds. “Even though spouses get on each other’s nerves, there are also ways by which they can develop better tolerance.”

To see if you might be suffering from “saigen-byo,” Shukan Taishu has provided a checklist of 10 items. Answer “yes” to between 1 and 4, and you need to be on your guard. If the score’s between 5 and 7, the chances of having it are pretty good. And if the score is between 8 and 10, a completely medical and psychological checkup is recommended.

- I’m something of a perfectionist
- I have trouble falling asleep
- I suffer from unexplained episodes of sweating, vertigo or palpitations
- I help as much as possible with household chores
- Our children are financially independent and married
- I’m often at home since I have already retired
- I exhibit more fatigue than does my wife
- We never engage in marital spats
- As a married couple we seem to understand each other without the need to speak
- My wife suffers from menopause-related problems

Source: www.japantoday.com

Australia - Asylum Seekers claim on going trauma, and using it as an excuse not to integrate + now seeking compensation...(Video)

"Years after being granted permanent visas, many former asylum seekers are still suffering severe trauma which they say stems from time spent behind the razor wire. 

Some claim the experience in detention has damaged them for life and in some cases stopped them from integrating into the Australian community. 

As a result, a growing number are launching compensation claims against the Commonwealth."

One quick and easy fix to deal with this - Nullify their visas and return them back to their original country QUICKLY!

See Video Here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-07/asylum-seekers-claim-on-going-trauma/4741492



Australia - Tyler the Creator accused of verbally abusing woman and inciting gig crowd to the same.

US rapper Tyler The Creator


This Dickhead also referred to one of her children to have "messed-up STDs."

See Video - http://youtu.be/pi-iqaNDWRI



The Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the police have received complaints from an Australian woman who says she was verbally abused by US rapper Tyler the Creator at a Sydney show.

Police are investigating claims that Tyler unleashed an expletive-laden tirade on 24-year-old feminist campaigner Talitha Stone at Newton's Enmore Theatre on Thursday night.

Ms Stone says the rapper pointed her out and incited abuse against her during the all-ages gig.

"Shortly into the show, that's when Tyler for the first time called me out to the crowd saying, 'I hope this b**** hears me, call her a b****'," she said.
"Later on in the night he did that again and then referred to one of my children to have messed-up STDs."

Ms Stone is a member of the feminist group Collective Shout, which posted a video of the incident on YouTube.

The group has been leading a campaigning to stop Tyler from performing in Australia and claim that his music promotes hate and violence against women.

"Once we were informed about the type of lyrics in his songs... we decided we would act upon it to try to get his visa revoked," she said.

Before the gig, Ms Stone had tweeted about her plans to protest at a record signing in central Sydney.

"For the next 24 hours I received an onslaught of rape and violent threats online, on Twitter," she said.

Ms Stone reported the alleged online abuse and on-stage tirade to NSW police and an investigation is currently underway.

Ms Stone says the last few days have left her feeling shaken.

"I wasn't naive, I wasn't not expecting a response, but definitely not to this degree," she said.

"I'm still receiving stuff on Twitter... with references to rape."

"It's been pretty disturbing, the whole experience."

Ms Stone says she attended the Newtown gig to collect photographic evidence that demonstrates the content of Tyler The Creator's shows.

"I think we have evidence and proof that this kind of man has breached his visa and there should be further action against this," she said.

Police are investigating whether it amounts to a threat against Ms Stone, which could warrant action from the Immigration Department.

Ms Stone says she is continuing to campaign to cancel another all-ages concert in Brisbane tonight.

"I'm not going to stop fighting against it," she said.

An online petition with more than 20,00 signatures is calling for Tyler's all-ages Brisbane show at the Eatons Hill Hotel to be cancelled tonight.

China - Good News; Former Corrupt Beijing Mayor Dies....

Corrupt 82 year old Chen Xitong who backed the military crackdown on the Tienanmen Square movement had died.

Who was also convicted and jailed for being involved a $2 billion graft scandal!

Lets hope his last few hours were very painful ones - like those who were killed and / or tortured during and after the protest crackdown!

China - Bras Banned During Exams

Chinese students arrive for the first day of the Gaokao in Wuhan on June 7, 2012. New security checks to prevent cheating mean female students in Jilin Province cannot wear underwire bras during China’s upcoming college entrance exams. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)
Chinese students arrive for the first day of the Gaokao in Wuhan on June 7, 2012. New security checks to prevent cheating mean female students in Jilin Province cannot wear underwire bras during China’s upcoming college entrance exams. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)


New security regulations in Jilin Province mean that female students cannot wear underwire bras during the national college entrance exam on June 7 and 8.
The “silent admission” guidelines require senior students taking the “gaokao” to go without bras and belts, and wear plastic sandals to avoid triggering the alarm on the metal-detecting equipment. Those with metal fillings or implants will need a doctor’s letter.
Netizens have criticized the security checks as too harsh, and some students are unhappy about being treated like “goods,” according to Beijing News.

One examinee told the newspaper: “I feel like we are a group of animals, ready for the market.”
Nearly 10 million students nationwide will compete for less than 7 million places available at colleges and universities.
The new checks are aimed at preventing cheating. More than 4,000 devices have already been seized during an anti-cheating campaign in Jilin.
The pressure to get into college can lead to breakdowns and suicides in the run-up to the exam, and has also encouraged many to resort to cheating.