Monday, February 18, 2013

Direct Action used by blockaders in New South Wales | Frack Off

Direct Action used by blockaders in New South Wales | Frack Off:

Blockades and actions across Australia are enjoying high levels of community support.

Numbers alone are not necessarily enough. But adding direct action tactics to a well informed, challenging and potentially disobedient crowd create major headaches for the drillers and the authorities.


  1. Anti CSG group welcomes NSW ban

    NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell says he can't wind the clock back on approved coal seam gas leases but he can protect families in residential areas from new tenements.

    A ban on all coal seam gas mining within two kilometres of residential areas across the state was endorsed by cabinet late on Monday.

    The government is expected to announce details of the decision, which includes a buffer zone around industry clusters, such as horse breeders and wine producers, later on Tuesday.

    The ban will apply to any coal seam gas proposal which has yet to be approved under the Environment Protection and Assessment Act or the Petroleum (Onshore) Act.


    The NSW Greens on Tuesday said the ban was a good start but questioned why agricultural land and rural residents had been passed over.

    "It's just commonsense that you don't turn residential areas into gas fields, but the same protection should be implemented for our water catchments, aquifers and farm land," Greens mining spokesman Jeremy Buckingham said.

    He said CSG activity should not be taking place in sensitive environments like the Sydney water catchment, the Northern Rivers, Gloucester Valley, Pilliga Forest, Southern Highlands and the Great Artesian Basin aquifer.

    Community environment group Lock The Gate Alliance welcomed the government announcement but said wider reforms were needed.

  2. Coca Cola - environment - health - sugar bowls.

    Coca Cola challenges NT recycling

    LEGAL challenge by three major beverage companies to the Northern Territory's cash for containers recycling scheme is set to be determined in the Federal Court.

    The court will consider the application by Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA), Schweppes Australia and Lion Pty Ltd in Sydney on Tuesday.

    The companies oppose the NT scheme which involves a 10 cent deposit on drink purchases, refundable when the container is returned to a designated recycling agent.

    The scheme has been running for just over a year and is similar to one that has been operating in South Australia for decades.

    On Monday two Greenpeace activists were arrested after unfurling a banner outside Coca-Cola Amatil's headquarters in North Sydney to protest against the the company's legal challenge.


    New diet guidelines spark sugar debate

    Major grocers and food producers are fiercely opposing Australia's newly-released dietary guidelines, which have included for the first time the advice to limit added sugar.

    Public health advocates say it is a critical wording aimed at reducing the nation's obesity epidemic, but critics say there is not enough scientific evidence to justify that advice.


    The Australian Food and Grocery Council, which represents the nation's $110 billion food, drink and grocery manufacturing industry, argued against limiting added sugar.

    Deputy chief executive Geoffrey Robinson says the jury should still be out.

    "Clearly our recommendations weren't heard," he said.


    Modern diet helping bacteria to wreck our teeth

    OUR mouths are now in ''a permanent state of disease'' because the refined modern diet has dramatically decreased the diversity of oral bacteria.

    After studying 34 prehistoric human skeletons from northern Europe, an international team of researchers has established for the first time that the DNA can survive within the calcified plaque, known as tartar, for more than 8000 years.

    That DNA trapped in the tartar reveals that the meat-dominated, grain-free diet of the hunter gatherers gave our ancestors much healthier mouths.

    The arrival of farming in Europe about 8000 years ago and the industrial revolution in the 1800s each increased the amount of refined carbohydrates and sugars humans consumed, which led to our mouths being dominated by cavity-causing bacteria.



    UK doctor calls for child stomach surgery

    OBESE children should be offered stomach surgery in an effort to help them reduce their weight to safer levels, a leading doctor has said.

    Professor David Haslam, chairman of the National Obesity Forum, said radical measures were needed to tackle the "desperate situation" of childhood obesity.

    He said some children were experiencing medical problems more commonly expected in the over-50s as a result of their obesity.

    Prof Haslam told Channel 4 News: "Obesity is a massive problem, it's a major concern both in adults and in children.

    "The problem with obesity in children is that is leads to problems such as diabetes, which is alarming.

    "This used to be a problem seen in the over-50s and seeing it in children is frankly shocking.

    "There is also high blood pressure, asthma and joint pains and it is getting worse.

    "In my 25 years as a GP I've seen the problem escalate to dramatic proportions and I'm seeing more and more obese and overweight kids.

    "Radical measures are necessary if we are to start saving lives because for some obese children it is a desperate situation."

    He said not enough children were offered operations because current commissioning guidelines issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) deny under-16s the option.



  3. Is it possible for pollititions to get anything right?

    Last nights 4 corners on the Joint Strike Fighter,(or how to tip $40+ billion down the drain just to suckhole the Yanks),starring John Howard,Angus Houston,and ministers in secret signings.Do the US put LSD in their G&T's when they visit Washington?

    Now another screw up from Gillards mob.

    Foreign firms to be spared R&D cut

    FOREIGN multinationals will be largely spared from the Gillard government's $1 billion cut to research and development tax breaks, despite Labor's rhetoric about promoting Australian industry and cracking down on global firms that shift profits to countries with lower tax rates.

    The Australian has confirmed that, as the government is taking away the R&D concessions only for companies with an Australian turnover of $20bn, the foreign revenues of multinationals will not be taken into account -- meaning many big foreign firms could continue to tap the concession.

    The answer must be "NO THEY CANT"