NEW ZEALAND PRIVACY GLITCHES HAPPEN – SCOTLAND, ROLLING STONES & USA-CHINA EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP STORIES NEWS – 16.10.12
The 4.30 news from New Zealand today had a mix of Kiwi, Socttish, Brit, yanky (USA), Chinoise news in its news blend. It was very good news blend for a change of diversity – largely due to a positive story of China included I think, perhaps recognizing more where NZ is heading as a country in terms of our planning while thinking US-China more in our integrated blend of trade deals ongoing.
The raping of New Zealand citizens (and some residents psyches) on issues of privacy continues with “security slips and glitches.” Stories like “lies, spies, scandalize” add sting like bee venom from the nation’s capital almost every day. There is that systemic issue of bullying underlying a lot of power play in all news in the past 18 months in NZ. MP’s are under pressure, when spitting tacks at such a constant rate.
Rugby’s Richard Kahui of The Chiefs and Aussie girl, Amy Rhodes are the most searched for South Pacific names on the website today.
Rachel Glucina wrote in The Diary: “Waikato Chiefs heart-throb Richard Kahui, 27, has proposed to his longtime Australian girlfriend, Amy Rhodes, breaking collective female hearts around the country. The All Blacks centre, who is out this season with a shoulder injury, popped the question to Rhodes, a teacher, last week.
Kahui’s agent, Kent Hale, confirmed the marriage news, but said Kahui would not comment and is fiercely private about his personal life. Rhodes, who moved from Sydney’s Coogee to Hamilton to live with Kahui, has changed her relationship status on Facebook to, “engaged [to] Richard Kahui”. Blimey! Memo to Kent: Amy may need security asap. :)
[Photo - New York Giants & The Beach Life - RKBS]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.9.12~
New Zealand Foreign Affairs News: “Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully is on Kiwis radar in his bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
McCully’s apperance at the 67th UN General Assembly will be the ”opportunity to project our voice on international issues that directly affect us and our Pacific neighbours”.
“It is also an opportunity to seek support in our campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council and promote our credentials as an independent, fair-minded country committed to international peace and security,” Mr McCully said.
Spain and Turkey are also seeking election for the two seats open to the grouping known as ‘Western Europe and others’. The vote is in 2014.
While in New York, Mr McCully will also hold meetings with a number of bilateral ministerial counterparts and regional organisations such as the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and the African Union.”
He’s a busy lad, trying to represent the best interests of New Zealand’s shakey Isles and our South Pacific resources rich Island cousin nations too.
Words Paul Harper.
[Photographic images: David Wall, National Geographic Magazine images of Tonga and Samoa online, Otago Daily Times & Graydon Carter of Hollywood for Vanity Fair. United Nations Multimedia Press].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.9.12~
Kennedy Graham spoke today to Corin Dann of New Zealand’s commitment to the UN being in question. The debate in question is NZ following USA and Australia’s lead to cease funding commitments to Unido. The agency specialises in boosting sustainable industrial development in poor countries. It has a membership of 174 countries, although that no longer includes Australia or the US.
Ben Fenton, Helen Warrell & Gill Plimmer of The Financial Times have good commentary on the G4S humiliating shambles story.
Nick Buckles, the chief executive of G4S, has defended the company’s right to claim a £57m management fee for providing security to the London Olympics, even as he admitted that the failure to supply enough staff was a “humiliating shambles”. (more…)
JUDGE HARVEY THINKS USA’S MILITARY ACQUISTION OF DIGITAL DATA & IT MILITARY SPYING VERGES ON BEING FBI DISNEYLAND STATUS
In “Fair Deal” privacy protection news: ”District Court Judge David Harvey has heard parts of the case against the Megaupload founder, who was arrested with three colleagues in January after a request from the United States. The FBI has accused Dotcom and others working at Megaupload website of the world’s biggest case of criminal copyright violation.”
Interesting. Also check out Corin Dann‘s interview with Pamela Jones Harbour of how Google and the USA are totally getting all up in everyone’s business IP mix.
Also what goes up in “the cloud computing arena” will be shared with Google’s mates, so the culture of Insider Trading is totally being facilitated by the USA who are masters at creative IP fusion. “Skins are us,” is the mobile telephony and IT tablet culture of US ideas going into the machine quicker and being churned out as US ideas, quicker so than what most other nations (bar China) can churn out new ideas in new forms. Or more to the point, the fused IP ideas are made by Americans in China, then returned back to the US as China products, even denying American citizens jobs.
It’s not entirely the USA’s fault. Americans consome more than any other nation. They have to keep up with the demand of consumption is the theory of “incorporating” ideas quicker. The pace of consumption you only understand if you actually do a two-year or more period of time within the USA. That, and not being very good at being no.2, drive this compulsion in the USA’s culture. Not every American is like that though, of course. :)
The same can be said of Steven Joyce‘s new super ministry in New Zealand too. A business hub has the same ability to collect the best business templates. A future area of IP law could grow as if NZ author’s biz templates were to be hacked into (it does happen), there could be court cases ahead of inventors and patent protection of biz owners ideas etc. New ideas are more addictive than pharmaceutical drugs to American people. They respond openly to innovation as innovation is one of the redeeming qualities of America as a nation. When dong good, they create pictures of liberty on display for the world. The attention span of Americans is always all about ‘the next new thing.’ In addition telecommunications companies need to guarantee emailed documents are not going down the wire, or through the airwaves to a hub of data collection too, that could abuse creative peoples incentives to create useful products more.
So in such a culture, it’s about remembering manners where you can and giving credit to where the ideas came from – and co-partnering on IP whakapapa rather than just taking it from the authors without credit. So I guess this isn’t a privacy issue alone, it is a meanness of spirit issue and potentially an industry of blackmail too with facts gathering.
So much of foreign affairs trade deals, trades gossip as capital to acquire stuff. That’s why more negotiators at the table is healthy, as if dirt is found on a nation’s key negotiator through IT they will trade off more than they should, for personal reasons. That is not what they were elected to do, so such deals are illegal without the consent of the citizen’s who own the assets being traded (including all IP and data of citizen’s of one particular nation’s habits, thoughts, work too). Such invisible illegal trade set ups need to cease until democracy on issues of trade have occurred with the citizens who own them.
So, because leaders are a target, a team of honest people helps reduce that culture and leverage of greed in trade deals. At best a team seeks to serve the children in a nation’s potential now and down the track. IT gives the US an advantage to plan this path for American citizen children, and also the nations the USA trades this information to for certain things the USA wants. China has been planning like this down the track for years. Therefore, the authors of the ideas, who are not the property or cattle of any State, often get robbed in this process of fair reward. More needs to be said of this style of culture at corporate and political level.
The USA is very good at a style of negotiating that trades heavily on gossip leverage, as shown with the Wikileaks diversion that demolished foreign affairs trust among nations, while being the perfect diversion for the Global Financial Crises shake, rattle n’ roll corporate banking crimes too. This should not be surprising though, as the internet was first designed for military purposes and the military were using the technology, long before anyone else knew of IT’s existence or capabilities.
The nature of IT is military information acquisition. After that lifestyle. Then sharing information. Entertainment distraction and education also feature as drawcards of audiences to IT. Oh, and of course E-Commerce as well. The more time online, the more information is collected of you. If this is the case, there’s nothing to fear, just live life in the open. Or live a life offline. Be more honest is the gift of IT to us all.
One should never fear an IT company’s knowledge of the individual. Or the government trading this information. It’s like ‘get a life.’ Trading secrets about people can tend to cramp life, not add to it, so as individuals we have to choose to live free from any fear in an IT world. Just do it. Needless to say, laws need to change to protect IT data mined information about individuals and their civil and human rights. If we don’t do this, we are not being humane. Too corporate greedy.
One of the strange ironies in the world is that the Security Industries that tax payers pay for, actually is used against citizens too and can be relabelled The Insecurity Industries in such instances. The latter name being more honest about that exhorbitant tax spend. IT also stitches elections through data mining and manipulating IT too. Elections are ’won’ on the biggest budgets for IT and media spend these days. That’s why youth are reacting so weirdly, as they feel like democracy isn’t in the air any more. In many cases on key issues, they’re quite right. I mean, there’s only so many video games you can play to express your anger or distract yourself until you acquire grey hair to then be seen with an opinion, as a young person. So democracy needs to be restored to give youth a feeling of a true sense of home in nations that offer democratic process as an expression of freedom, liberty and hope to have a decent chance of achieving an attainable dream in country’s somehow by a miracle, fortunate enough to still have this reality achievable for its own citizens. That is the essence of human rights in operation. How do we get back to that center?
On the topic of spying for capital gain (a US artform generating billionaires in the game), watch the rather stunning PJH above.
Judge Harvey is not due to hear the internet mogul’s extradition case until next year but made his views on copyright known during the launch of the “Fair Deal” campaign last week.
The campaign is opposing any changes to New Zealand’s copyright laws that may form part of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.
The TPP trade deal is currently being negotiated and the 13th round of talks are finishing up.
The negotiations are secret but it is known that the United States entertainment industry is pushing for stronger copyright provisions among the 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific region negotiating the deal. America is a melting pot of many cultures ideas. There are Maori and Polynesian characters all over Nickelodean’s children’s channel in the US for example – yet the same rule of thumb does not go back to New Zealand or Polynesia peoples of the South Pacific, for such cultural appropriation the US forgets they borrow heavily from all the time and disguise with costumes, diverse casting calls and of course, the American accent and a poker face too. The US is a shell, needing inspiration to reinvent new consumable products for its people. An American told me that and it is true. So the ball needs to go back to the center of the copyright issue. If the US is honest about that. Drop the poker face. Trade deals that are win-win are based on trust. This is only evident when honesty without pretense is present in trade deals processes and trading citizens peoples concerns are actually being listened to and upheld. How do we ensure such an environment of trading occurs. Otherwise all deals should be off. As a Kiwi, I know, the NZ people can wait until such an environment is present at the table. So, it’s America’s call to find a medium of negotiating culture that is in the center of what America thinks it knows and what others know to.
Judge Harvey also quoted media analyst, journalist and political debater Russell Brown‘s tweet on the topic from earlier on: “we have met the enemy and he is [the] U.S.” Judge Harvey’s remark is a play on the line “we have met the enemy and he is us” by American cartoonist Walt Kelly. Brown and Judge Harvey are referring to DVD codes copying that robs filmmakers of their next farm purchase, or shares acquistion as a virtual farmer in Fonterra in New Zealand, something shocking!
I don’t know how such Oscar winning filmmakers can sleep easily at night, as well as being such high profile activists for indigenous peoples rights too. They’re incredible!
Crown Law, which is representing the FBI in the extradition case, would not comment on the issue.
Journalistic facts verbage: Hamish Fletcher.
[Photos: Sarah Ivey, Wikipedia, Dream & Don't Sleep, & 7 Days in Dubai. ]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.7.12~
OLYMPICS SECURITY TIGHTENS AIR SPACE – GARTH BRAY INTERVIEWS LORD SEBASTIAN COE ON LONDON OLYMPICS 2012
Kiwi journalist Garth Bray explains how Britain is ensuring a safe Olympic Games 2012. Mo’ military is the plan. In addition air space above London’s CBD has been closed. “Lethal force” will ensue any plane that fudge these rules.
Bray also interviewed Lord Sebastian Coe whose “ecstatic” the Games are occurring in London. Coe’s picks for best sports watches this Olympics are track and field, equestrian and boxing.
As a kid my Maori mom would wake us up to watch Seb Coe run in the Olympics. His four Olympic medals, that included the 1500 metres gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984 were the moments that made sports exciting for young people in New Zealand. He also set eight outdoor and three indoor world records in middle distance track events. This included a world record relay race. Steve Ovett and Steve Cram his middle distance racing rivals ensured audiences returned to the TV every time Coe raced.
Mr Peter Williams has the Olympics story.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.7.12~
Now that everyone’s “scared”, the British government throws its troops in for security duties at the London Olympics 2012 to assuage any doubts.
The price of security is increasing in a violent video games imbalanced world. Sports events and military funding allocating from sports spend seem to go hand-in-hand these days.
Britain has already spent some 9 billion pounds on the Games and much of the early focus will fall on how the city can cope with such a massive influx of visitors, four years after a Beijing Games noted for its gleaming new airport and infrastructure.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.7.12~
In Totally Illegal Families – Kim Dotcom News via The Age, Oz: “Perceptions of the Megaupload founder are changing rapidly as he fights extradition from New Zealand to the US.
AUCKLAND: Last month, a New Zealand software developer, Ben Gracewood, replied to a Twitter post from the internet tycoon Kim Dotcom, founder of the Megaupload file-sharing site that had been shut down by the FBI.
Gracewood asked Dotcom whether “you guys just drive around in modified electric vehicles and pose for photos”, referring to an image Dotcom, 38, had just posted showing three of his associates with golf buggies and a Segway. “I could live like that,” Gracewood wrote.
Twenty minutes later he got a surprising response from the mogul: “Come over now!” So Gracewood and a friend went to the most expensive house in the country — a mansion worth $NZ24 million ($19 million), rented by Dotcom, a German citizen — for a swim and some cupcakes. Twitter users across New Zealand watched with fascination as the group posted updates and photos of the visit.
Wait, there’s more: (more…)
Our politicians in New Zealand were joking the other day about X-Raying the unemployed’s veins in the form of Non-Pharmaceutical issued drug testing. That was the morning that the GlaxoKleinSmith British company was fined $3billion in a ground-breaking court case.
Instead though, what’s vital to New Zealand’s economy is a kind of X-Ray that protects NZ’s agricultural industries: The Ministry of Primary Industries admits it needs to X-Ray imported agricultural products that could impair NZ’s superfoods growing capability reputation as a super nation of the world in coming years. Chinese imports were blamed for the last setbacks of biological attacks on NZ’s commercial gardeners. Read that at the dig.
In farming news: Although New Zealand recently sold its knowledge bank representing all farmers’ (past) accummulative IP in being some of the best livestock kaitiaki in the world and agreed in principle to sell 20% of our largest dairy co-op’ profits-generating capacity to foreigners, today farming compliance has taken the form of introducing a livestock tracking system containing radio frequency technology. The story goes:
“More than 6000 farmers have registered this week for a compulsory electronic tagging system for livestock, which went live over the weekend.
The National Animal Identification and Tracing scheme (Nait) became mandatory for cattle last Sunday and will go live for deer from March next year.
Farmers and people working with livestock are now required by law to tag animals with a radio frequency identification device (RFID) ear tag, which provides up-to-date information on individual animal locations and movements. (more…)
Shiloh Jolie-Pitt turns six years of age, Sunday (North American time). This explains why at the time of writing, the third-generation Hollywood star is the no.1 celebrity name rating on this blog.
It only seems like yesterday that little Shiloh arrived at the Cottage Medi-Clinic Hospital in Swakopmund, Namibia. Her birth was similar to the days when Prince William and Prince Harry Windsor were born, in regards to the amount of fascination that people gave Shiloh’s arrival in the world. She instantly became one of the world’s most favorite magazine cover girls from the time young Shiloh arrived.
Observations, while living in Hollywood are that Shiloh’s birth caused the city to melt like fluffy marshmallows in cups of sweet hot chocolate. An aura of kindness and joy swept across Los Angeles. The dynasty of Hollywood’s star system shined over the city. (Hollywood actually really does care about stuff like that).
The peace Shiloh’s birth news brought to The City of Angels really did happen. In a quirky way, the child was like a satellite of peace from Namibia. Guys at the office in the Universal Building in North Hollywood, bragged about donating to Angelina’s favorite charities in Africa (guilt money) and all the thin-stick Hollywood girls in the neighborhood rushed out to get puppies that they’d names like “me-me” [sic] and Chloe. I stayed in the home of Papa Elie, a California proud patriarch, who was married to the gracious daughter of a Kentucky Senator. Margaret and Elie were founding members of the infamous Sierra Hiking Club. In his late 80′s, Papa Elie (whose mother Ramza had lived to a young 110), was nearing 90. This was a remarkable feat because due to a fire on a train, as a girl she’d missed her passage aboard the Titanic, days before it sunk. As Papa was of Hasbaya Lebanese and Canadian origin, home-made hummus, promegranites and copious amounts of fresh luscious fruit of California, defined our home’s daily diet while we watched Quiz Shows on TV. Dude still went to the gym three days a week too. Lol!
Papa Elie of California taught me that happiness happens when you choose it to, each day. He lived to make check-out girls working at superettes where he got his fruit from each day, smile. His own constant smile, a living witness of his faith in God. During these days staying with Papa Elie in Walt Disney’s hood, I worked at the entertainment red carpet events office with Jodi Hannah – a producer of Extreme Days -an extreme sports action-packed documentary. Hannah has a producing partner in Christchurch City, New Zealand. Jodi doubled too as a humanitarian mother who prayed each day (in the office) for lesser fortunate children to have a better life of opportunity in the USA before she began her work day. A remarkable person that works with Fortune 500 company sponsors, she creates events from the heart that do this. So with an Eli and a Hannah ever constant, the year Shiloh Jolie-Pitt was born, was a surreal moment, I’ll never forget.
The name Shiloh itself is also of significance in Jewish history as it was the name of the place where Samuel, Israel’s ancient prophet child was raised by Eli, the high preist of Israel at the temple. At a young age, the child Samuel would hear from God at Shiloh. Samuel went on to pray prayers that held back disasters and enemy onslaughts against Israel all of his days. He also was a judge and kingmaker. It was a time in history where people could not get could spiritual guidance easily in uncertain times (eg: they did not hear ‘the word of God’ in that time). So at a pivotal time in history the story goes: ”And the LORD appeared again at Shiloh, because the LORD revealed Himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the LORD.” Clarity returned to Israel’s people in murky times again.
Wayne Blank of Keyway.Ca websites defines Shiloh Jolie-Pitt’s name or origin as being: “After the Israelites crossed The Jordan River into the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua, The Tabernacle, with The Ark Of The Covenant inside, was established at Shiloh. The name means peaceful, or tranquil, and no doubt it was with The Lord’s Presence. No place on earth could have been more secure. It was “God’s country,” and they were “God’s people.”" Or, in other words, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt is named after the place where peace totally jammed.
Her birth is perhaps a reminder that peace comes when you pray it into being each day and choose happiness by living life more peacefully with a smile.
[Happy Birthday SJP].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.5.12~
WIKILEAKS, THE GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE FILES & WHAT AMERICA REALLY WANTS FIFTEEN YEARS DOWN THE TRACK FROM NEW ZEALAND – TRUST
A word on trust deficit ambassadorial relations: The very action of leaking information is based on trust-deficit discourse positioning.
A blogpost about The Global Intelligence Files, Wikileaks & USA views on New Zealand nuclear policies:
Like American cars gas tanks that are empty unless another nation fills them with oil, or banks that are empty unless gold is gathered and acquiesced from other nations too in order to act as security against a tendancy to overprint paper money to ‘maintain’ an unsustainable lifestyle level and rate of spend - America’s security comes from ‘strongly convincing’ other nations to wealth-share valuable assets or resources afar off from the USA, with America.
Wealth-sharing happens best as far as America is concerned, if the USA physically accesses and occupies your territory. It’s the preferred American method of ‘comfortableness’ when relating to others, because ‘trust defficiencies’ exist (or so, Chinese diplomats say, when writing in their newspapers about the frustrations with their own USA diplomatic relations).
If we take this definition ‘seriously’…
When dealing with a nation with a ‘trust deficit’ it is only love and patience that can restore seared trust. In fact, saying ‘no’ is a key part in re-establishing trust, with people who assume trust is broken if you ‘don’t say yes, to their every whim.’
This is New Zealand’s position with America, having lived in the US for five years. Trust is based on ‘we share what is useful to both parties, on terms that we agree on are equally beneficial to future generations of our people and on terms we are both comfortable with.’ Without this concept in place, there is no trust between the US and another nation.
In New Zealand, assets that America will desperately need in the next 15-20 years for its children, could be shared with China and/ or India too, so understandably the US has its own methods of going for a piece of the pie. Intimidation is a key part of this through belittling its own allies. Isn’t Wikileaks all about that, in part, as well as to clear the air of ‘tensions built up from an industry based on secrecy, being the keepers of secret squirrel information that isn’t even as relevant as spy organizations claim, half the time.’ Information dates fast.
Leaks help the US intimidate other nations, to position them more into the USA’s desired line of strategic flow. Unless the US does something drastic – like a barrage of leaks shaming a country whose resources it desires twenty years down the track, America runs the risk of remaining an empty shell, always over-consuming itself and needing to be refilled. In all truth, this is what scares America most of all.
Similarly, news production is an ‘empty shell’ every day, needing to be created in the same manner.
All those newspapers and media outlets, all those advertising dollars? What do you fill the content up with? Wikileaks cables press releases of course. It keeps the news media churning for weeks – as well as aiming to shame leaders in any given field to be manipulated into new ways. America did really well out of the Wikileaks cables scandal, first round – as the leaks were independantly released by an Australian living in Europe – yet they got American viewpoints ‘out there’ in a non-threatening way.
So in an age where the modern confessional booth of US diplomatic relations appears to be “Wikileaks press releasing” (eg: feign a Texan poker face and say it wasn’t US!) some things came to my attention today reading a New Zealand newspaper.
Backstory: ”The Global Intelligence Files” consisting of more than five million emails from the Texas-headquartered “global intelligence” company Stratfor, is the next source of Wikileaks Publishing who again is clearing the diplomatic air of email threads dated July 2004 and late December 2011. Stratfar is unusual as it uses unethical means to target strategic leaders, in order to information bleed (see additional notes at blog post’s end). (more…)
Within one hour, of posting China developing its own search engine interest in this idea has surged in popularity on a Maori-Hollywood themed blog.
Go China IT growth! The idea is definitely a mover and a shaker.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearaoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.2.12~
Search Engine New Media International Communications Company, a merger between China Mobile Communications and Xinhua News Agency is building a search engine for China.
The two companies say the venture is part of a wider move by China to build a stronger presence online to “safeguard its information security and push forward the robust, healthy and orderly development of China’s new media industry.”
The advantages are that China’s internet market is the world’s largest, with over 420 million users, and a massive mobile market of more than 800 million subscribers, of which China Mobile has 550 million. At the moment Chinese internet user’s are mainly drawn to Baidu holding 70% of the market, with 25% choosing to use google.
With China’s large population base, internet hours spent online may as well go back to China. Makes sense to develop search engine capability for the Chinese language online.
Perhaps every nation should have their own search engine and then fuse select information on one site, people feel comfortable to share. In New Zealand we support google strongly. Bing too. Sometimes ask.com as well.
Google recently shifted its operations from mainland China to Hong Kong amid controversy over internet censoring by the Chinese government.
[Photo and News Source courtesy of Craig Hill's website]. Other topics on ChinaWatch that Hill shares are:
Collapse of joint China-US venture highlights need for advisory partners
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.2.12~
A couple photograph the Sydney Opera House.
Some Australian News links were looking today are:
Maybe Australia’s more sharing than the USA, then?
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.2.12~