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25th February 2016 By Gavin Bragg Guest Writer for Wake Up World With thousands of detoxes out there these days itâŹ"s hard to know what works and what doesnâŹ"t. ManyÂ detox products remove only a limitedÂ range of toxins from the body and add a burden to the body’s excretory systems. But, with an increasing amount of ...Continue Reading - Zeolite: The Natural Heavy Metal Detox
25th February 2016 By Christina Lavers Contributing Writer for Wake Up World While a small minority has long been singing the praises of medical marijuana, until very recently it has been vilified by the mainstream. Portrayed as a dangerous, gateway drug that kills brain cells  and causes untold ills, this natural herb is slowly emerging ...Continue Reading - Can Medical Marijuana Relieve Migraines?
25th February 2016 By Carolanne Wright Contributing Writer for Wake Up World “Is the purpose of the TV ad to make you an informed consumer?” asks Noam Chomsky. “The purpose of the ad is to delude and deceive you with imagery so you’ll be uninformed and make an irrational choice.” In October of 2011, the ...Continue Reading - Mind Control, Subliminal Messages and the Brainwashing of America
Bob Debus highlights the incarceration crisis in the Second Frank Walker Memorial Lecture - “The Things That Must Be Done…” ** Some Genuine Decision-Making Power: Dealing with the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the prison system. Read the full speech here.
Last night at WZB Berlin Social Science Centre, where I’ve been a Visiting Researcher this year, I gave a lecture about my book Disaster Capitalism, privatised immigration, the refugee crisis and threats to democracy from the far-right. It was a fascinating evening. Germany is struggling to manage a large influx of migrants and the country is slowing but surely turning against the (mostly) Muslim arrivals. Using private corporations, unaccountable and profit driven, to manage the most vulnerable individuals is guaranteed to bring abuses. I began by giving a lecture on the subject (posted below):
Antony Loewenstein is an independent journalist, Guardian columnist and author. He recently held a lecture at the WZB about governments privatizing the refugee crisis. He discussed this issue with Paul Stoop, Head of the Communication Department, showing why making money from misery and outsourcing of responsibility is dangerous for the democracy.
Europe and Germany are struggling to cope with an influx of refugees from the Middle East and Africa. Fences and walls, to keep asylum seekers out, are replacing sustainable solutions. The EU is both unwilling and incapable of formulating a sensible response to the crisis. Antony Loewenstein has investigated how governments around the world are increasingly privatizing and warehousing refugees, outsourcing responsibility to companies running detention centers, health care and surveillance drones for profit. Australia, America and Britain are leaders in the field and Europe is now blindly following.
Europe’s refugee cri...
24th February 2016 By Philip Shepherd Guest Writer for Wake Up World Our modern inclination to live in our heads has left us dissociated from the body âŹ and we commonly describe that dissociation as a mind/body split. Our description, though, merely deepens the problem. Quite simply, there is no such thing as a body ...Continue Reading - Healing a Mind Divided
24th February 2016 By Marco Torres Guest Writer for Wake Up World What if our food has been getting less and less nutritious? What if modern intensive farming methods — many of which solved malnutrition problems when they were first introduced — have affected the mineral and vitamin content of what we eat? Could having a ...Continue Reading - Fruits and Vegetables Reaching an Alarming State of Nutrient Depletion
During my time in Berlin, Germany this year, immigration has been a central theme. I was recently interviewed by German public broadcaster RBB about the issue and why privatising the refugee crisis, as I investigate in my book Disaster Capitalism, leads to human rights abuses. My interview has been translated into German but here’s the introduction translated from German into English:
‘Unternehmen dürfen nicht die Flüchtlingskrise managen’
Private Unternehmen spielen quer durch Europa eine immer größere Rolle in der Versorgung von Flüchtlingen – der Staat zieht sich zurück. Der australische Journalist und Autor Antony Loewenstein warnt vor den Konsequenzen dieses Trends. Er sieht die Menschenrechte in Gefahr. Derzeit ist Loewenstein Gastwissenschaftler am WZB Berlin. Eric Graydon aus der Wirtschaftsredaktion hat ihn getroffen.
‘Companies can not manage the refugee crisis’
Private companies play across Europe an increasingly important role in the care of refugees – the state withdraws. The Australian journalist and author Antony Loewenstein warns of the consequences of this trend. He sees the human rights at risk. Currently, Loewenstein is a visiting researcher at the WZB Berlin. Eric Graydon from the business section interviews him.
Here’s the interview broadcaster nationally yesterday: Warnung vor der privatisierten Fl├╝chtlingskrise
Police at the Broome lock-up were too busy to carry out all required welfare checks, a coronial inquiry into the death of an Aboriginal woman has been told.
Balgo artist Ms Mandijarra, 44, died in the police lock-up in November 2012 after being arrested for public drinking on Broome's Male Oval with friends.
Post-mortem examinations found no obvious cause of death but Ms Mandijarra did appear to have infections consistent with that of a diabetic woman, and a pathologist suggested septicaemia was a possible cause.
The inquest is examining, among other things, what welfare checks police were required to carry out at the time.
Sergeant Troy Kendall was the shift supervisor when Ms Mandijarra was brought into police custody.
He told the court via video-link he would have preferred to send Ms Mandijarra to the town's sober-up shelter, but she had been banned from the facility for prior bad behaviour.
Sergeant Kendall said given her level of intoxication, he did not think Ms Mandijarra was in a state to look after herself.
He also said that given her domestic violence history, his decision to keep her in custody overnight was partly to prevent her from being involved in alcohol-related incidents later that night.
He could not recall if he knew at the time she had diabetes, but said if he thought she had any serious...
Yesterday 14 Socialist Party members, including City of Yarra councillor Stephen Jolly, tendered their resignations from the party. See : Stephen Jolly leads mass resignation from Socialist Party over allegations of abuse cover-up, Benjamin Preiss, The Age, February 23, 2016. … Continue reading
22 February 2016
The Australian Government continues to rule out commissioning an independent study of the TPP's benefits and costs to Australia, despite calls from community groups representing millions of Australians.
At public hearings in Canberra this week, DFAT officials defended their decision.
Here's a quote from the Fairfax Media article reporting on the hearings:
Government officials have testified at a public hearing in Canberra that there was no need for the Productivity Commission to scrutinise Australia's biggest ever trade deal - despite it being the kind of job the commission was created to do.
Below is another email to the Queensland Justice Minister, Yvette D`Arth, with details of another victim of Centrelink’s civil rights violating “Account payable” scam. I strong recommend that readers check out the ABC’s AM program web link below for details of how Centrelink tried to defraud a woman of $25,000 by falsely accusing her of failing to provide information when in point of fact a human error, i.e. a “Commonwealth error” had occurred and the Waiver of Debt rule in paragraph 1,237 (A) of the Social Security Act should have been applied.
Keep in mind that the civil rights issue is simple; Centrelink has NO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT, and therefore no legal right, to issue demands for repayment until a court has independently and impartially determined “the primary facts of the matter.” Consequently, anyone who gets hit with a demand for repayments should immediately ask “When did a court decide that I was to blame for the over-payments and why didn’t the court ask for my input?”
REMEMBER: If there is no court decision, then there is no legally valid claim.
Okay, below is my email to Yvette D`Arth:
Dear Minister D`Arth, In case you think that the information that I am providing to you is a load of bunkum, check out this ABC AM web link from 6th February 2016. Complaints against Centrelink soar, Govt blames IT can be found at the following web link.
I would draw your attention to the following comments on that ABC webpage:
MEREDITH WARD: I received a phone call from somebody from Centrelink just saying, “You owe us $25,000.”
ANGELA LAVOIPIERRE: Centrelink staff ha...
Long-time campaigners say Western Australian measure is a ‘disappointing reductionist version’ of the custody notification service they were promised
The Western Australian government has expanded a scheme to provide support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners to cover people held in police custody, but death in custody campaigners say the new scheme is not what was promised.
It comes four days before an inquest into the death in custody of 40-year-old Maureen Mandijarra, who died in the police-lock-up in Broome on 30 November, 2012. Her family and lawyers intended to push for a formal custody notification service to be included in the coroner’s recommendations.
From Thursday, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people held in prisons or police lock-ups in Western Australia will be able to request access to a 24-hour hotline that will connect them with the Aboriginal Visitors Scheme (AVS), a support and counselling service that is primarily staffed by Aboriginal people.
The government says the expanded scheme will effectively act as a custody notification service and will reduce the potential for self-harm or suicide among in custody.
But long-time campaigners in this area, including relatives of Aboriginal people who have died in custody, said the announced measure was a “disappointing reductionist version” of the type of service they had been promised.
Indigenous affairs minister says push by Close the Gap committee is ‘foolish’ because federal government had no control over incarceration rates
Nigel Scullion says introducing national targets to reduce rates of Indigenous incarceration was “foolish” and would “undermine the credibility of Close the Gap”.
The measure, which was intended to deal with the high rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment, was recommended by the Close the Gap campaign’s steering committee.
Scullion, the Indigenous affairs minister, told a Senate estimates committee hearing on Friday that it it didn’t make sense to suggest the federal government should add justice to the list of targets in the annual Close the Gap report because it had no control over that area.
“It’s a nonsense if we say we’re going to go and do that and we have absolutely no responsibility over the levers,” he said. “We need to ensure ... that those people who have the levers have the targets.”
Scullion said the push to introduce justice targets “undermines the credibility of the Close the Gap. It undermines the credibility of targets on things we should be held to account for.”
The Greens senator Rachel Siewert said reducing incarceration rates was a priority for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and targets could drive that.
Contrary to Scullion’s claims, Siewert said the federal government did hav...
Our round up of resources, groups and training to get involved in, pathways to action and suggestions for affinity group organising to get in the way, to #LetThemStay
It is an incredible time right now with significant movement momentum gathering around the call to #LetThemStay in relation to the 267 refugees at risk of being deported to Nauru and Manus Island after a recent high court case was unsuccessful in challenging offshore detention.
The response across Australia has been phenomenal – from all sectors of civil society, calling on a need for a moral response, rather than a legal one. Civil disobedience and non-cooperation has hit the mainstream with churches offering sanctuary, and other institutions such as trade hall, and individuals joining that offer as well. Teachers and healthcare workers have been speaking out in recent months, refusing to discharge children who could be deported, risking possible charges under the controversial Border Force act, and many thousands of everyday folks have hit the streets, brought cities to a standstill and expressed powerful support in taking further steps of direct action to “get in the way, to let them stay”....
We’re really excited about our new kids’ section – Pip Kids’ Patch – so excited in fact, that we have teamed up with our friends at Little Permies to present an open circle forum at the Sustainable Living Festival on the topic of “Learning Nature”.
Come along and help us discuss the question “Why do little (and big) people need to get their hands dirty, explore and understand connections in nature?” We reckon there are lots of reasons, which is why we’ve gathered together some fabulous thinkers and doers from our community to talk about how we can start the revolution, but here are 5 reasons to get you thinking:
1. The way we educate our kids today will determine the society of the future
February in the cool temperate garden by Chrstina Giudici of Food In My Backyard
WHAT TO PLANT?
There’s not usually much spare space in the February garden, as tomatoes start to ripen, sweet corn and pumpkins and zucchinis are doing their thing, and beans are producing daily garden snacks. Its worth being ruthless, and making space if you can for long season vegies that will grow into autumn and winter. Hoick out those gone to seed lettuces, kale and Asian greens, and any straggling broad beans or peas. The long season vegies to plant now that will feed you in winter include:
In any gaps or edges of beds where there is a bit of space, keep up the succession and replacement plantings a...
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