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By David Swanson, December 14, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.
Evian is not just a bottled water company. And the town of vian-les-Baines in France on the south shore of Lake Geneva is not just a location for luxury hotels. Its also the location where, in July 1938, the first international effort was ever made (or feigned) to alleviate a refugee crisis.
The crisis was the Nazi treatment of Jews. The representatives of 32 nations and 63 organizations (plus some 200 journalists covering the event) were well aware of the Nazis desire to expel all Jews from Germany and Austria, and somewhat aware that the fate that awaited them if not expelled was death. The decision of the conference was essentially to leave the Jews to their fate. (Only Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic increased their immigration quotas.) The decision to abandon the Jews was driven primarily by anti-Semitism, which was widespread among the diplomats in attendance and among the publics they represented.
These nations were represented at the vian Conference: Australia, the Argentine Republic, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Italy refused to attend.
Australian delegate T. W. White said, without asking the native people of Australia: as we have no real racial problem, we are not desirous of importing one.
The dictator of the Dominican Republic viewed Jews as racially desirable, as bringing whiteness to a land with many people of African descent. Land was set aside for 100,000 Jews, but fewer than 1,000 ever arrived.
In The Jewish Trail of Tears The Evian Conference of July 1938, Dennis Ross Laffer concludes that the conference was set up to fail and put on for show. Certainly it was proposed by and chaired by a representative of U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt who chose not to make any seri...
37 Nero, Roman Emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, was born (d. 68).
1161 Military officers conspired against Emperor Hailingwang of the Jin Dynasty and assassinated him in a military camp near the Yangtze River front.
1778 American Revolutionary War: British and French fleets clashed in the Battle of St. Lucia.
1791 The United States Bill of Rights became law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.
1832 Gustave Eiffel, French engineer and architect (Eiffel tower), was born (d. 1923).
1863 The mountain railway from Anina to Oravita in Romania was used for the first time.
1892 J. Paul Getty, American oil tycoon, was born (d. 1976).
Is This Cigar-Shaped Asteroid Watching Us? Scientists are tracking it because they think that maybejust maybe!it might be. By Neel V. Patel Are intelligent extraterrestrials trying to communicate with or study us? Some scientists think thats a possibilityand that its happening right now. Starting at 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, researchers with the Breakthrough 
Bud Jones owns the Pokai Parera Farms near Eketahuna. He was awarded the QSM in 2013 for efforts in wildlife conservation and arboretum achievements. Covenant application denied By Bud Jones I applied for a Queen Elizabeth 11 Open Space Covenant for 214 acres. The area included 5 large lakes plus 21 small ponds with 30,000 
The Government released its interim budget today, which mostly confirmed what was already known, with a few numbers thrown in. Budget update fairness and prosperity The Government is delivering on its commitment to manage New Zealands finances responsibly while ensuring the dividends of economic growth are more fairly shared. We promised we would be 
The Hawkes Bay, New Zealand/Aotearoa, chapter of World Beyond War is being organized by Liz Remmerswaal Hughes, who wants your help.
Contact her below.
The daughter and granddaughter of soldiers, who fought other peoples wars in far flung places,she never got over wars stupidity and became a pacifist.Liz is an active Quaker and currently co Vice-President of the Womens International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Aotearoa/New Zealand. She has strong links with the Australian peace movement and the Swords into Ploughshares group.
Liz prefers a creative and community approach to peacemaking, starting from within, and has enjoyed such activities as biking to the gates of the Pine Gap American military spy base in Alice Springs, Australia, planting an olive tree for peace in the Peace Palace in the Hague on the centenary of Anzac, singing peace songs outside military bases and making tea parties beside warships during the NZ Navys 75th birthday,
In 2017 she was awarded the Sonia Davies Peace Award which enabled her to study Peace Literacy with the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara , attend the Wilpf triennial Congress in Chicago, and a workshop on Peace and Conscience in Ann Arbor.
Out of pocket by hundreds of thousands Sally Rae:
A South Otago farmer who estimates he has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars because of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak remains concerned about the future of his main income earner.
It was not just the Van Leeuwen Dairy Group on whose farms the disease was first detected in the Waimate district that was affected, Ross Clark said.
A lot of other people are hurting because of this, Mr Clark, who farms at Glenore, 5km southwest of Milton, said yesterday while in the middle of weaning lambs on his fathers farm near Lovells Flat.
He said the main part of his income was from providing service bulls to the dairy industry, either by lease or sale.
The business, built up over the past decade, had about 600 bulls destined for properties throughout the South Island.
In June, he bought 52 calves from a property in North Otago that later tested positive for the bacterial disease. . .
Animal rights activists have been staging protests at livestock auction marts across the UK over the last couple of months.
Young farmer and student Alison Waugh, 20, has seen enough
I, like many of my contemporaries, am proud to be part of British agriculture. Farming is the oldest way of life, and the only way we know.
Practically born wearing wellies, I grew up jumping in puddles and feeding pet lambs. My teens were spent perusing science, eyeing up the strapping great young farmers at the shows, and gaining a voracious appetite for all things agriculture. . .
Public pressure is working and Canterburys dairy farmers are knuckling down and making an effort to improve the state of the waterways, says a dairy leader.
There has been a significant shift in the attitude of dairy farmers towards water quality over the past couple of years, said Mid Canterbury farmer Tom Mason, a member of the Dairy...
Who had more life, more energy than him? So many more cartoons to draw; painting to paint, politicians to satirise so many more lives to enhance with his wit, his brilliance, his good friendship. Prime Minster, Malcolm Turnbull, speaking of Bill Leak The magic of the caricaturists By Roger Childs Cartoons are often the first 
On the AM Show this morning Duncan Garner criticised Fonterra for not fronting up.
The company had been asked to come on the show to talk about the price of butter.
I dont understand why.
Explaining the high price of butter is simple.
After years of being advised to eat less fat in general and less butter in particular, the advice has changed. Butter is no longer the bad diet bogey it was, people are discovering, or rediscovering, the joy of it and demand has risen faster than supply.
How hard would it have been for someone from the company to explain that?
This isnt the first time Fonterra wouldnt front the media. If the company doesnt want all the good its advertising campaign is doing to be undone it must be the last.
Chief executive Theo Spierings is paid an eye watering amount to run the company.
I dont have a problem with that but I do have a problem if he isnt doing his job properly. Part of a CEs job is to front the media or, if hes not the right person to do so, to find that person and make sure s/he does.
Fonterra is running a very good advertising campaign which shows the interconnections between everyone who contributes to making the company work and work well and the economic and social benefits of that.
Its not just about converting grass to milk and processing and selling it. Its about all the people who use the milk and the ones who do the work between the paddock and plate, glass or cup who enable them to do so.
Its a really good story but there is a huge risk that good will be undone if the company turns down requests to front the media.
Radio New Zealand | 13 December 2017
An Australian mining company says a ban on businessman Renzie Duncan entering Bougainville imposed by Papua New Guineas acting chief migration officer is unfair.
Mr Duncan has worked with the Special Mining Lease Osikiang Landowners Association which opposes the autonomous governments plans for the development of the Panguna mine.
Mr Duncan was banned back in May with the Immigration Authority saying his presence on Bougainville may be detrimental to the governments efforts relating to mining.
The mining company, RTG, which also works with Osikiang and Renzie Duncan, calls the action overly heavy handed.
RTG chairman Michael Carrick said Mr Duncan had worked with the community around Panguna for about five years and won their support.
Not because of money provided to them but because he has lived and worked with them for many many years. Renzie and the landowners [SMLOLA] could not have worked more closely with the previ...
Benjamin Haas in Hong Kong Wednesday 13 December 2017 04.53 GMT Last modified on Wednesday 13 December 2017 11.41 GMT Chinese authorities are collecting DNA samples, fingerprints and other biometric data from every resident in a far western region, Human Rights Watch has said. Officials are also building a database of iris scans and blood 
The message to submitters By Mayor K Gurunathan A draft of our long term plan will be released in late March next year. Once it is available to review, you can choose whether you wish to have your earlier feedback considered as a submission on the draft plan and formally responded to through the long 
The latest theory concerning the missing Malaysian Airlines flight. While it is essentially speculative, the Freescale Semiconductor element of the mystery adds considerable plausibility. Note however that the news sources are MSM tabloid news outlets. Use discernment! Norman Davies says technology designed to stop a repeat of the 9/11 terror attacks by allowing hijacked planes 
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has identified 4 new properties as positive for the bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis and strongly suspects one further property.
One of the latest infected properties is in the Hastings district, the other 3 are within a farming enterprise in Winton. The suspect property is near Ashburton.
MPIs Director of Response, Geoff Gwyn says early indications are that all the properties have links with the Van Leeuwen Dairy Group (VLDG) through cattle movements.
The Hastings and Ashburton properties were identified through our tracing programme and the Winton property was identified through the industry milk testing programme.
All of the movements we have been tracing are prior to 21 July, when the disease was first detected and notified to MPI.
The stock on these properties all has links back to the property where the disease was first identified.
The problem is no-one knows where it came from and how it got there.
It is possible, maybe probable, it is on other farms but hasnt been identified which raises the question of where else it might be.
It carries no risk to people but it is serious in cattle and spreads from animal to animal.
The Hastings and Winton properties are now under a Restricted Place Notice under the Biosecurity Act. This effectively places them in quarantine lockdown restricting the movement of animals and other risk goods on and off the farm. The suspect property is under voluntary movement controls until their status is confirmed. MPI is working closely with them.
Mr Gwyn says these new developments are not good
Were still analysing what this means for the wider response. Were dealing with a lot of uncertainty. Our investigators are building a picture of stock movements onto and off these farms so we will not be making hasty decisions on next steps.
While its really disappointing to have these new properties, it is not totally unexpected. We know that this disease is spread through contact between animals and through the movement of stock as is the case here.
It was always possible further infected properties would be found, buying, selling and moving stock is a common practice in farming. A key part of our response has been identifying and investigating animals that have moved to or from affec...
A business will hire anyone they believe will make them more money than they cost. It is as simple as that, but as Ryan Ferguson explains in this Guest Post, most people think about employment and jobs in a complex and abstract way.
A business will hire anyone they believe will make them more money than they cost. It is as simple as that, but most people think about employment and jobs in a complex and abstract way.
People talk and think about jobs like they are things. Like you can possess one, lose one, or like you need to go get one from someone. So they go to job boards looking for the people who are giving away jobs. They go through the societal rituals that are expected of job seekers. But they are making a fundamental mistake -- because jobs are not things, they are abstractions.
Getting lost in this abstraction causes a lot of pain and confusion. Seeing past the abstraction lets you see the countless opportunities you have available to you.
A job is an abstraction to describe a relationship between one person and another individual or group of people that agree to a certain type of ongoing trade. To get a job, you dont need someone to create it and give it to you; you simply need to convince someone that you can make them more money than you cost.
When you see jobs for what they truly are, the world opens up to you.
Resumes, interviews, degree requirements, and references checks are tactics to help businesses measure their confidence in your ability to make them money. But at a fundamental level, all that you need to do to get a job with any business in the world is convince them that you are going to make them more money that you will cost.
What you cost is more than just your salary though. There are employment taxes, legal risks, and training costs on top of the money you are paid. Businesses need to be confident in yo...
Around about now the number of comments posted here will pass the 200,000 mark. Thanks to all of you who contribute. A primary aim here is to provide a forum for interesting and thought provoking information and encouraging robut debate safe from personal attacks. This means trying to get a good balance between free speech, 
The Opportunities Party has announced a commitment to contest the 2020 election, and have said that Gareth Morgan will step down as leader this is a wise move, Morgan did very well at public meetings but his media performance was very mixed and wont have helped his partys chances in this years election. Announcement: 
David Seymour introduced his End of Life Choice Bill to be read a first time in Parliament last night. It passed the first vote by a comfortable 76 votes to 44. This is a big achievement for Seymour, and a good victory for Matt Vickers, who was in Parliament for the first reading. The End 
14 December 2017 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general 
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557 Constantinople was severely damaged by an earthquake.
835 Sweet Dew Incident: Emperor Wenzong of the Tang Dynasty conspired to kill the powerful eunuchs of the Tang court, but the plot is foiled.
1503 Nostradamus, French astrologer, was born (d. 1566).
1542 Princess Mary Stuart became Queen Mary I of Scotland.
1630 Anne Conway, English philosopher and authorwas born (d. 1679).
1751 The Theresian Military Academy was founded as the first Military Academy in the world.
1782 The Montgolfier brothers first balloon lifts on its first test flight.
1843 The first Auckland A&P Show was held.
1851 Mary Tappan Wright, American novelist and short story writer was born, (d. 1916).
1895 King George VI was born (d. 1952).
1896 The Glasgow Underground Railway was opened by the Glasgow District Subway Company.
1897 Margaret Chase Smith, American educator and politician, was born (d. 1995).
1902 The Commercial Pacific Cable Company laid the first Pacific...
A 20 question special to mark the century! See the incentive for Kapiti readers at the bottom. Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into! Answers on Sunday. The two official languages of Canada are English and ____________? Today taonga means treasure. What did it 
David Seymour is currently opening debate on his End of Life Choice Bill in Parliament. The first reading is likely to be voted on tonight. It will be a conscience vote for most parties, but NZ First have indicated they will block vote for the first reading if there is a commitment that the ultimate decision 
Parliament kicked off again today with questions to the Prime Minister about the planned reversal of the legislated tax cuts. I dont think anything much was gained in the exchange, but Bill English made several points amongst the exchanges. Rt Hon Bill English: So can the Prime Minister confirm that, under the Taxation (Budget Measures: 
Its interesting to see so much interest in a US senate election here in New Zealand. Alabama would normally be expected to be a safe Republican seat, but a controversial conservative candidate with a raft of sexual misconducts thrown into the campaign, sever splits in the GOP with some Senators openly saying they would vote 
Kids vs Family Games By Angelo Robinson Sunday 10 December was the last Hoop Club Kapiti session for 2017. Every year Hoop Club Kapiti celebrates the last day of Hoop Club for the year with Kids vs Family games and end of year awards in all three sessions at Hoop Club. The players and families 
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