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18 August 2009

Corporations, Fonterra, Xe, Aid (not)

Corporations are NOT corpulent persons...

But a good place to start would be with the legal enshrinement in the late 1800s of a concept called "corporate personhood." In essence, this means a business institution has the same -- indeed, currently enhanced -- legal rights as individual American citizens.
...Thom Hartmann outlined this brilliantly in his under-appreciated book of a few years back, "Unequal Protection."
..Hartmann then describes the history of the Fourteenth Amendment--created at the end of the Civil War to grant basic rights to freed slaves--and how it has been used by lawyers representing corporate interests to extend additional rights to businesses far more frequently than to freed slaves. Prior to 1886, corporations were referred to in U.S. law as "artificial persons." but in 1886, after a series of cases brought by lawyers representing the expanding railroad interests, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations were "persons" and entitled to the same rights granted to people under the Bill of Rights. Since this ruling, America has lost the legal structures that allowed for people to control corporate behavior.
...As a result, the largest transnational corporations fill a role today that has historically been filled by kings.
the 1886 Supreme Court decision in Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad,
Also see: "Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back" y Douglas Rushkoff

Dairy poop: 95% of NZ lowland streams are "unswimmable",
If we propose co-operatives as a better alternative to corporations, we must look at Fontera, the Dairy Farmers co-op..... cutting down trees, flushing NitroPhosphate down streams,
failing to save capital in the boom year... cow milk (A1 & A2 both?) is allergenic. (maybe A2 snas beta casein is better?)
I have cut back greatly on diary food, munch a quickeeze if you want calcium... VitaminD supplements maybe if youre not in the sun.

.Fonterra aspired to be the new Nestle, then foolishly got involved with a PRChina outfit that poisoned 300,000 infants, giving many gall stones.
Nestle may persuade mothers to feed babies infectious water, but they're smart enough to avoid industrial toxins.....
Doubt that Fonterra will ever be big time now.
The firm is currently in a court battle with major dairy group Fonterra, which it claims suppressed research linking milk containing the A1 protein to autism, schizophrenia, diabetes and heart disease.

otoh, PeakOil trumps climate... better to concentrate on reducing carbon combustion, ..farm CO2 outputs may not be ther crucial issue?

I remember, before Giardia, drinking freely from (upland) NZ streams
When did giardia enter NZ?
Giardia duodenalis is
now the most widespread human intestinal parasite in the world
he incidence rate in New Zealand in 2002 was 41.4 ...per 100,000 population ...and is thought to be one of the highest among developed countries.

When did this start? Were NZ streams really Gfree in the 60s?
Is toilet paper instead of water-washing the reason for worms and Giardia in NZ?
does toilet paper make septic tanks lifetime much shorter?
what is the impact of all that bleached wood pulp?

Blackwater = Xe
August 14, 2009..Despite the Iraqi government's announcement earlier this year that it had canceled Blackwater's operating license, the US State Department continues to allow Blackwater operatives in Iraq to remain armed. ..... Blackwater (which recently renamed itself Xe Services) is now operating in Iraq under the name "US Training Center" .until at least September 3. That means Blackwater will have been in Iraq nearly two years after its operatives killed seventeen Iraqi civilians in Baghdad's Nisour Square....
.....the company's owner, Erik Prince, views his company's role as fighting a Christian crusade to "eliminate" Muslims and Islam globally, alleging that Prince's companies "encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life."
Blackwater has also been paid over $1 billion by the State Department for "diplomatic security.".......DynCorp is scheduled to take over Blackwater's aviation contract in September, while Triple Canopy will get the lion's share of the protective security work in Iraq.
On January 28,.... Blackwater, should leave Iraq immediately," declared Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf
.... Blackwater continues to have a substantial presence in Afghanistan as well. There it also operates under the banner of US Training Center . It also ...under the banner of Paravant LLC, another Prince-owned company. Four Paravant operatives are under investigation by the US military over the shooting deaths of two Afghan civilians in May.
....there are now more contractors than US soldiers (48,000) in Afghanistan...

Victoria crater rover tracks 1Meg
Intervention Fail
“Operation Turquoise“, carried out by the French government acting under a UN mandate, aimed at stabilising the recognised government of Rwanda and establishing a “safe zone”...
The reason why humanitarian interventionists don’t typically mention Turquoise, however, is that it was an unmitigated disaster. It drew resources away from the existing UN peacekeeping force, it had confused rules of engagement which left it all too often acting as a bodyguard for genocidaires and it withdrew halfway through the genocide, leaving a massive refugee problem.

On the other hand, I don’t quite understand why this means that advocates of humanitarian intervention get to erase it from the record. Operation Turquoise was an atrociously planned, wildly under-resourced relative to its aims, and largely politically motivated intervention which had the effect of making things worse. In other words, it was an utterly typical example of the type. In Rwanda, there was exactly the kind of humanitarian intervention which it’s reasonable to expect in any other case. Which is why I agree with Jim Henley; Rwanda made me an anti-interventionist.

Advertising isnt Help
Presumably large numbers of people have made donations to the coalition under the impression that this would be used to help the people of Darfur, money which they may otherwise have donated to other agencies who actually have programs in the region. The aid agencies are hampered by the fact that they have to spend some of the money that they raise actually helping people and, since they have (or rather had) staff on the ground they have to base their messages on the complex and nuanced reality that actually exists.

Unencumbered by such restrictions, for the last five years the Save Darfur coalition has been pumping out a message about an ongoing genocide which is essentially untrue. By massively inflating the real death toll and offering what seems to be the most ‘common sense’ solution – send in western troops – it has put all the other humanitarian agencies and human rights groups at a massive disadvantage when it came to fundraising and ensured that it is its own message that has dominated the debate. It is accountable to no one, it helps no one and it has created a self-perpetuating circle, which in any other industry could get its organisers prosecuted for fraud.

Recent NZ TV telethon to "aid" poor children .... may give 18-25% of the take to children... raincoats with Adidas brand? Key popped up to give $350K? I watched a few minutes where a women with large (synthetic?) breasts, painted in a grotesquely ugly manner, which presumably rendered them un-salacious, was presented back to camera, until some "aid" target was met, whereupon she turned to reveal the ugly paint job... hard to conjure a more tacky moment.
"Aid" - the CEO has refused to reveal her salary, presumably she would stay at the Marriott if she visited Jakarta.
Everyone expects luxury now, volunteerism declared impossible...
Food Security: food can not equal money, where
azure hath a canker through usura.
Intervention ... has it ever been principled and effective?

Back to the 70s
saw most of Drugstore cowboy, the movie... good to see the the priest
Pynchon trailer
Inherent Vice love those claptrap back streets.

Dylan in cop car..
The 22-year-old officer was dispatched after residents in the New Jersey town of Long Branch had phoned to complain that a man in the Latin quarter was acting suspiciously.
......ordered into the back of her police car ..."Both said the......... never listened to his music and had no idea what he looked like."
....after a concert in belfast in 1991, he was spotted waiting at a bus stop by a television crew.
Feel Like a Million Dollars? [Bob in a cadilac SUV ad]
[in 1980 I saw Meryl Streep running for a bus in Manhattan, struck me as an odd activity for a rich person]

London from ISS

DNA movie

PZ in creationist museum

An extract from asparagus ..
...Journal of Food Science.. A. officinalis ... protection of liver cells against toxic insults,” ..Jeju National University.
...the nutritional content, namely the amino acids and inorganic minerals, was greater in the leaves than the shoots.
...reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation on exposure to hydrogen peroxide, and found a reduction of 70 per cent.
...alcohol dehydrogenase and aldehyde dehydrogenase, were “upregulated by more than 2-fold...
“Thus, the leaves of A. officinalis, which are normally discarded, have the potential for use ...
Alcohol nutrition

beetroot juice may boost stamina and allow people to exercise for up to 16 per cent longer..
The vegetable juice’s nitrate content may reduce oxygen uptake to an extent that cannot be achieved by any other known means, making exercise less tiring, according to findings published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

“Our study is the first to show that nitrate-rich food can increase exercise endurance,” said Professor Andy Jones from the University of Exeter. “We were amazed by the effects of beetroot juice on oxygen uptake because these effects cannot be achieved by any other known means, including training.”

Fish Oil... double up...
Compelling evidence” from studies involving almost 40,000 participants supports daily EPA plus DHA intakes of at least 500 mg per day for healthy individuals, while people with known heart disease or heart failure should aim for up to 1,000 mg daily, according to a review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
nutraingredients looks lkike a good nutrition site... adblock their annoying popup: