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150 years of the Geneva Conventions

 

Being that we have three active armed conflicts occurring at the moment (Israel v Gaza,  Ukraine v Russia, and finally ISIS v anyone it can find ).

I would seem pertinent to point out multilateral treaties on conduct during war specifically pertaining to treatment of wounded individuals and non combatants, known as the Geneva conventions.

Without being too cynical in the fact that civilian deaths over the last century have proportionally increased relative to military personnel deaths, a set of agreed minimum standards of conduct were accepted  in  geopolitical struggles.

 

In a nut shell:

Much of the convention covers who is a soldier or can be treated as such, and given certain protections (such as a right to medical treatment if captured), and obligations (such as to state name rank and serial number) and what weapons and tactics can be employed.

Curiously despite certain weapon being banned, (chemical, biological, nuclear, fuel air bombs) many signatory states  keep such weapons in vast quantities and occasionally deploy them.

Importantly mercenaries, snipers and spies have no protections.

Soldiers must have standardized equipment, wear uniforms and have identification and be a citizen of the state they are fighting for.

Civilians must not fight and cannot be killed or mistreated when captured.

Certain locations such as schools, hospitals and places of worship cannot be attacked.

 

So while it is a diplomatic agreement, breaches regularly occur, with some states being notorious for breaches of the convention.

 

Some excerpts from the convention relating specifically to treatment of civilians and prisoners.

The third Geneva Convention (“Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War”) covers members of the armed forces who fall into enemy hands. They are in the power of the enemy State, not of the individuals or troops who have captured them

Prisoners of war MUST be:

- Treated humanely with respect for their persons and their honour.
– Enabled to inform their next of kin and the Central Prisoners of War Agency (ICRC, the International Red Cross) of their capture.
– Allowed to correspond regularly with relatives and to receive relief parcels.
– Allowed to keep their clothes, feeding utensils and personal effects.
– Supplied with adequate food and clothing.
– Provided with quarters not inferior to those of their captor’s troops.
– Given the medical care their state of health demands.
– Paid for any work they do.
– Repatriated if certified seriously ill or wounded, (but they must not resume active military duties afterwards) .
– Quickly released and repatriated when hostilities cease.

Prisoners of war must NOT be:
-Compelled to give any information other than their name, age, rank and service number.
– Deprived of money or valuables without a receipt (and these must be returned at the time of release).
– Given individual privileges other than for reasons of health, sex, age, military rank or professional qualifications.
– Held in close confinement except for breaches of the law, although their liberty can be restricted for security reasons.
- Compelled to do military work, nor work which is dangerous, unhealthy or degrading.

The fourth Geneva Convention (“Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War”) covers all individuals “who do not belong to the armed forces, take no part in the hostilities and find themselves in the hands of the Enemy or an Occupying Power”.

Protected civilians MUST be:
– Treated humanely at all times and protected against acts or threats of violence, insults and public curiosity.
– Entitled to respect for their honour, family rights, religious convictions and practices, and their manners and customs.
– Specially protected, for example in safety zones, if wounded, sick, old, children under 15, expectant mothers or mothers of children under 7.
– Enabled to exchange family news of a personal kind. – Helped to secure news of family members dispersed by the conflict
– Allowed to practise their religion with ministers of their own faith. Civilians who are interned have the same rights as prisoners of war. They may also ask to have their children interned with them, and wherever possible families should be housed together and provided with the facilities to continue normal family life. Wounded or sick civilians, civilian hospitals and staff, and hospital transport by land, sea or air must be specially respected and may be placed under protection of the red cross/crescent emblem.

Protected civilians must NOT be:
– Discriminated against because of race, religion or political opinion. – Forced to give information.
– Used to shield military operations or make an area immune from military operations.
– Punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. – Women must not be indecently assaulted, raped, or forced into prostitution.

From : http://www.ppu.org.uk/learn/texts/doc_geneva_con.html

More info at: http://www.ifrc.org/

 

What would be the point of wining a war, if your society lost its humanity in doing so?

Jonathan Moylan avoids jail

 

Jono csg meme

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/jonathan-moylan-avoids-jail-term-for-fake-anz-media-release-about-whitehaven-coal-20140725-zwwe7.html

 

Ok now, memes and MSM bullshit aside, did Jonathon Moylan do all that much damage to (ASX WHC) Whitehaven coal  ?

 

whitehaven analysisNot as much as you might think, WHC had been on the slide for 3 quarters before the ANZ corporate hoax. Investors dumping WHC in the previous 3 quarters had done more damage to WHC than Moylan. So effectively what Jono had done was arrive in time to see the rich obnoxious WHC house being burnt down by an angry mob and kicking in the letterbox while being cheered on the crowd of disenchanted. Of course a serious analysis might show this up but when you are underscoring the dangers of fracking (AKA CSG  AKA coal seam gas), But why let to many facts get in the way of good publicity. WHC had been under preforming the ASX 200 for several years, the business cycle, carbon tax, but even this being said its really hard to know how much damage a single well crafted rumor can do.

We are after all talking about Keynesian economics, with adherents who believe you can print fake money to appease animal spirits, which then magically repair an economy.

I couldn’t resist and it’s friday, for the tinfoilers out there, this video is from 1984, spooky.

For the OM hard core: which eviction was this song played at?

Australia 2014 copies New Zealand 1984

Guess what Australia, you are 30 years behind New Zealand!

A wave of shocked silence followed by jeers echos across the country…

Australians all angrily ask “What are we behind in?”

“Apart from Rugby Union and occasionally Netball we are not behind New Zealand!”

Only if it was so unimportant as sport, you might see whats really going on. You have been blinded by bread and circuses, or perhaps beer and footy.

Split Enz, from New Zealand in 1981, with a song written by Neil Finn, unfortunately history does repeat.

 

New Zealand, for decades, has been a social policy test tube for the western world. A small, largely isolated population that reeled from the Neo- con ‘shock doctrine’ of Chicago school economists.

Even more surprising was the fact that this hard core Neo-con agenda was run by the New Zealand’s Labour party, a political outfit more or less akin to the ALP in political ideology and electoral significance.

Well it would have been akin to the ALP, if it wasn’t for a few key individuals who drew inspiration from Thatcher and Regan who were in office at the time in UK and USA respectively.

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Would  you like to look into a somewhat tame version of what is happening now in Australian Politics with the Abbott/Hockey budget?

Have a glance at these somewhat surreal crystal balls, telling you a potential future for Australia from New Zealand’s troubled past.

If you do not watch these films, you only have yourself to blame when further nasty surprises happen!

 

 

http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/someone-elses-country-1996

 

Its worth pointing out that despite this film being made more than 12 years after the neo- con ravage and upheaval in NZ, it was effectively banned from NZ television until 2003, nearly 20 years after the events it portrayed. You might ask why, and that’s the exact question the New Zealand Government didn’t want its citizens asking. Citizens who were now being treated as units of economic production.

http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/in-a-land-of-plenty-2002

Another film by the same director (Alistair Barry) about the same events from a slightly different and more enlightened perspective, explores how the Reserve Bank of New Zealand was behind many of the initiatives. Curiously the director said his main inspiration for making the movies was he had so much footage that simply made him angry, and he had to understand why it make him angry, and what was actually driving the economic and social carnage witnessed.

Both of the films heavily feature television archives, which many New Zealanders would have seen as part of news broadcasts at the time of the events, some clips appear in both films because of the significant to both stories and the political history described.

 

Split Enz I walk away; 1984,  from their last album.

Perhaps Split Enz saw the (economic) writing on the wall, splitting up in 1984 and temporarily moving to Los Angeles before morphing into ‘The Mullanes’ and finally ‘Crowded House’ and moving back ‘home’ to Australia.

The opening credits of this video sadly will not put to bed any lingering debate over whether Crowded House was Kiwi band or and Aussie band, as Hester had joined Split Enz before the remainder of Split Enz became ‘Crowded House’.

The best compromise to this sometimes confused friendly debate is best settled with this: Crowded House was a Melbourne band that formed in the USA from the remains of a New Zealand band.

Welcome to the confusion and dislocation of the shock doctrine and globalization.

 

And finally Crowded House ‘Weather with you’ from 1992. When the rapacious globalist corporations come, they bring the weather (and its not good weather).

If you don’t think it can happen here, this week should have been a wake up call, Chile was taken by surprise in 1973, as was New Zealand in 1984, will Australia wake up and get wise in 2014?

 

History does repeat.

What was once a purely New Zealand phenomenon can easily become completely ingrained in Australia, be it music or political ideology.

RIP Paul Hester

 

 

Kepler186f: a new world discovered

So this week with the money that isn’t wasted on wars and war toys a possibly habitable planet was discovered.

http://www.space.com/25526-earthsize-planet-kepler-186f-habitable-infographic.html

http://mashable.com/2014/04/17/kepler186f-habitable-zone-life/

Humanity has a ‘Carl Sagan’ moment get wide eyed in wonder and then puts it head back to the grind.

Cygnus

Cygnus, somewhere in here is the possible new world called Kepler 186f

 

So in the constellation of Cygnus is a Red Dwarf star (M dwarf) called kepler 186 and its 5th planet rotates around this star about 1/3 of the distance we rotate around our sun. But that is about as accurate as saying somewhere in Australia I dropped a bottle top with my phone number written on it. Any way this planet is believed to be in the ‘Goldilocks zone’, not to cold, not too hot, and is thought to have the right temperature for liquid water and therefore life. The panet has been in that position for a few billion years so life would have had time to evolve, if thats how life really comes about.

Downside: its 490 light years away, even a laser beam (or radio wave) pulsing data to and from such a place would take 490 years to make a one way journey. If you

thought your internet was slow I assure you this would be a lot worse. So other than a wormhole or faster than light speed travel we are not getting there anytime soon

This is all really great, a real testament to science to find such a thing.

But just think what would we do if we sat in our space ship in orbit of this world.  Surely we could land and make conquest of the place, but is that the right thing
to do? Think of the scientific discoveries that could be made just to study the place.  Would we think of the plants and animals there as simply food and raw
materials? A place for collecting trophies and trinkets for exorbitant resale on earth.

That’s not just Marble, it’s Kepler Marble; very expensive…

 

What if there were sentient creatures there? Would we simply shove them aside like previous conquest of new worlds? We have discovered new worlds before and look how it ended for those who were on the new world when it was ‘discovered’. North America was ‘new world’, Central America was a ‘new world’, South America was a ‘new world’, Australia was a ‘new world’ (though not specifically called that). Imagine a ten ton mining truck squashing a small animal unknown to science, and then realize it can happen here too, the fact it happens somewhere else makes it no more less of a tragedy.

So while we might find a ‘new world’ we are hardly ready to go there without being remarkable destructive, so perhaps Kepler 186f is safe for now from a world not quite ready to deal with its own problems.

Imagine the irony, we discover habitable planet(s) only after peak oil, and therefore have no way to get there because we literally 'ran out of gas'.

Imagine the irony, we discover habitable planet(s) only after peak oil, and therefore have no way to get there because we literally ‘ran out of gas’.

Every Time You Buy A Soft Drink Bottle A Baby Bird Dies

The world’s greatest landfill is in the Pacific Ocean, it is called the great Pacific Garbage Patch and contains a mass of accumulated plastic twice the size of Texas. On atolls and islands around the area, birds die from eating plastic pieces, some of which are as small as a grain of sand, as they are mixed up with the small fish and shrimp those birds live on. Here are some photos from Midway Island.

The greatest culprits appear to be bottle caps left on beaches and cigarette lighters, but any bits of plastic that wash down stormwater drains will end up in the oceans.

http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/oceanography/great-pacific-garbage-patch.htm

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Harvard Study on Fluoride: Impact of fluoride on neurological development in children

Originally posted on Anti Oligarch:

July 25, 2012 — For years health experts have been unable to agree on whether fluoride in the drinking water may be toxic to the developing human brain. Extremely high levels of fluoride are known to cause neurotoxicity in adults, and negative impacts on memory and learning have been reported in rodent studies, but little is known about the substance’s impact on children’s neurodevelopment. In a meta-analysis, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and China Medical University in Shenyang for the first time combined 27 studies and found strong indications that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children. Based on the findings, the authors say that this risk should not be ignored, and that more research on fluoride’s impact on the developing brain is warranted.

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The study (also available at this link) was published online in Environmental Health Perspectives on July…

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