Thursday, March 24, 2011

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Aerial view of SOlomon IslandsImage via WikipediaThe past is the past and there is nothing we can do about it...

Is it right to condenn a country for its past sins over a century ago.? Or is it more correct to say the past is the past and we can't change that?

In recent times Vanuatu has condemned Australia for actions taken over a century ago by an earlier generation.The Vanuatu Justice Minister has called on Australia to recognise its history of  indentured forced labour, and to allow his people special work rights as reparation.

The newly appointed,  just a week ago,  Justice Minister, Ralph Regenvanu has used his new position to send a hard-hitting message to Canberra that the people of Vanuatu and their descendants in Australia want greater recognition of historical indentured labour, or in effect a form of slavery.

Known as blackbirding, about 60,000 Melanesians,  mostly young males, were recruited often through trickery and kidnapping to work on plantations in Queensland between 1863 and 1906.

The blackbirded islanders were often promised wages  never paid and held as indentured labourers past their promised termination date. Historians have recognised that the exodus of young men has adversely affected the cultural, linguistic and financial development in Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in the Pacific.

More than 30,000 descendants still live in Australia. During the1990's Australia made efforts to recognise the Australian South Sea islanders as a separate cultural group, but little has been done to improve the links between the two groups or acknowledge the wrongs of history.

Mr Regenvanu believes islanders should be eligible for seasonal agricultural work programs in recognition of a special historical relationship.

He went on to say that many people in Vanuatu wonder why backpackers from England are allowed to come and go and do the work that Vanuatu people would like to do.

It is really a case of naivety and a lack of understanding the value of tourism - the backpackers from England have dollars in their pockets to spend in Australia anyway.

History has been cruel to the indigenous peoples everywhere, not just in the Pacific. The British were just as guilty as Australians of influencing Indians from India to come and work in the canefields of Fiji. The same could be said equally in other parts of the world the British followed in their quest for economic wealth. However it didn't work too well in New Zealand so the colonising powers resorted to misappropriating  land from the local Maori population. New Zealand has the Waitangi Tribunal to hear claims of misappropriation of land during the last century or so. Personally all claims before 1909 in New Zealand should be made to the British Government.  Australia would have a similar case of passing on historical claims in that direction as well. Vanuatu would be advised to do the same.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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John Key the smiling assassin - as he sacked hundreds of Merril Lynch employees

John Key well remembered as the smiling assassin who sacked hundreds of Merrill Lynch staff, in the days before he entered New Zealand politics and became prime minister. Now he is responsible for sacking thousands of kiwi public servants. Just the type of person you would invite home to meet your mother? Yeah Right!

Key's first job was in 1982, as an auditor at McCulloch Menzies, and he then moved to be a project manager at Christchurch-based clothing manufacturer Lane Walker Rudkin for two years.[7] Key began working as a foreign exchange dealer at Elders Finance in Wellington, and rose to the position of head foreign exchange trader two years later, then moved to Auckland-based Bankers Trust in 1988.

In 1995, he joined Merrill Lynch as head of Asian foreign exchange in Singapore. That same year he was promoted to Merrill's global head of foreign exchange, based in London, where he may have earned around US$2.25 million a year including bonuses, which is about NZ$5 million at 2001 exchange rates. Some co-workers called him "the smiling assassin" for maintaining his usual cheerfulness while sacking dozens (some say hundreds) of staff after heavy losses from the 1998 Russian financial crisis. He was a member of the Foreign Exchange Committee of the New York Federal Reserve Bank from 1999 to 2001.

In 1998, on learning of his interest in pursuing a political career, the National Party president John Slater began working actively to recruit him. Former party leader Jenny Shipley describes him as one of the people she "deliberately sought out and put my head on the line–either privately or publicly–to get them in there".

He doesn't appear to have changed much - now he smiles as thousands of NZ public servants lose their jobs weekly because of his Governments policy to reduce the numbers in the public service, regardless of need.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

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The Moses Code - a new truth or recycled deception...

by Peter Petterson

First published at Qondio in 2008:

The Moses Code: What is the Moses Code? Fact or fiction. Incredible miracles. Law of Attraction. A new truth or recycled deception? A number of questions need to be answered.
I must say I had never heard of the Moses Code until reading the latest copy of THE GOOD NEWS. There is a new book, a DVD and a movie all of which claim the Moses Code promises the power to transform the world through a secret method supposedly revealed to Moses. But what is the story behind this revealed secret - The Law of Attraction?

On the cover of the newest New Age best seller THE MOSES CODE, author and movie producer James Twyman promises to reveal the secret for the "most powerful manifestation tool in the history of the world". Thats a huge claim!

Thirty five hunded years ago this technology was allegedly used to create some of the most incredible miracles the world has ever seen. Now you can allegedly use this secret - the Moses Code - to help manifest a new world yourself. The new movie "The Moses Code" will teach you how to use the Law of Attraction.

This big secret is allegedly "an ancient technique that has existed in the world for more than 3500 years, but was hidden away long ago because authorities decided it was too powerful to be arbitarily wielded." I bet it was!

So therefore the authors of the Bible - 'The Truth' - arbitarily decided it should not be included in the word of God. Other spiritual leaders who had evolved to the point of understanding the 'Code' and practised it, and had extraordinary results with it, including Jesus Christ,didn't want it passed on; and as a consequence it wasn't included in the New Testament either. Extraordinary indeed!

James Tyman claims the Moses Code will transform your life! Indeed, but whose truth is actually contained in it?   The Moses Code

But is the code actually a deception? Read the "Moses Code Deception" by Christopher Lawson,March 10 2008.Or is it really channelled occult teachings?

Today the story is allegedly different - mankind is undergoing a spiritual revolution. For the first time in our history man is realising his true potential. Really?

The Moses Code is made up of two words: I Am. The letters indicate that man is the ruler of his own destiny; I Am means that a human being is one with God and has the power to manifest miracles previously thought impossible.

It believes that we all have a part of God or the Supreme Being in us. We can, therefore,manifest what we want in our lives.

The code tells us that we already have the abilty but follow the code in the wrong way.

The apostle Paul told people to "test all things" they are taught to prove whether these things are truthful. Seeking the truth never means leaving your brain at the door. Indeed!

Contributor's Note
Article sources: Rettig

The Good News magazine - May - June 2008

KR says: Personally I think it is all a scam. Links did not work, so could not substantiate the claims therein.

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