In Syria, China, South Africa, USA news bites:
The Syrian atrocity: Activists: 5000 people killed in Syria in August.
South Africa on USA, UK’s past: Tutu: Bush, Blair should face trial at the Hague.
Curbing the justification of USA’s war-thirst culture, while renewing purpose in culture: US waves goodbye to the gas-guzzlers.
China Watch: NZ dollar falls on China data.
South Africa: South Africa to withdraw miner murder charges
Insider Trading & Privacy Breach-Zone IT Alerts NZ: Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff wary of Govt data in ‘cloud’
All News Links: NZH. Our thoughts are with Syria’s people today.
Key words via the Red Crescent website for Syria’s people are: health, migration, risk reduction, capacity building, promoting principles and values, humanitarian diplomacy, humanitarian logistics, disaster law, disaster management, youth.
If those words interest you click on top pic to find out more how you may be able to help and get involved.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.9.12~
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~
If New Zealand does sell off its energy companies on the free market as the current government is pitching for, how will the sales roll out work?
If New Zealand is a ‘green environmentally conscious nation to its soul and very being’ (eg: mana whenua, mana moana thinking) - if you hook people up with shares in energy companies (effectively you set up a system whereby it is only this generation vs exploiting the landscape now, and not thinking long term) because you could then argue that coal is needed to increase profits of energy production. Wouldn’t this scheme just open up the mining industry hugely in New Zealand?
People will be less resistant to say ‘no’ or to consider the environment – because they are numbed by yet another paper dollar sign – being waved at them. It’s also a recipe for ‘fast living.’ Maybe even selfishness that destroys a culture could eventuate from this too. Is this a good thing or should flags of concern be raised from the outset?
Will bankers from the New Zealand owned bank be given the contract to sell these shares?
Who gets what, when & how?
The following information sheds some light on these questions:
Bill English on Mighty River Power‘s partial asset sell off & a ‘loyalty’ scheme: Stagging won’t be allowed. One year minimum in holding of stock encouraged. A foreign component of stock buy up - supports investment banker’s leveraging tool of the idea of ”pricing tension.” Foreigners therefore help drive the price up so the bankers claim. This reason is why the stock will be ‘actively marketed to foreigners.’ The Governments ‘chosen investment bankers’ will conduct ‘road shows’ around the world.
The model that the government wants to replicate in their version of a preferred asset sell down model is borrowed from QR National coal company. The image of 50 coal mines in operation – also accompanies this model’s explanation. Full story – here.
Chris Nobbs teaches from history of the pitfalls of ‘free market economy’ eroding culture and increasing wealth alongside inequality. He posits that more is needed from government leaders (who are not bankers but leaders) than just oggling ‘free market carrots’.–a useful perspective too. Read here.
John Armstrong writes about why it’s totally ‘okay’ for a government to guestimate asset value between a $2 billion range figure. I thought only people on crack gave vague guestimates like that. But no, this is also the voice of ‘common sense.’–Read here.
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At this stage my issue is: it gives the government (via the traveling bankers it appoints to sell overseas) all the powers to decide who gets the shares. Or in other words, the assets become the governments toys – to wheel and deal with at politicians whims. This means that a few politicians can wheel and deal, setting themselves up for a lifetime to be rewarded back – long after they leave parliament. These assets stocks give them the ability to do that.
Shouldn’t the New Zealand people – who own the stock until they’re bought – have some say in who the people of New Zealand prefer to be offered the stock, first? Shouldn’t New Zealanders have say in who they prefer to own the power companies of New Zealand along with them? That perhaps would be wise – being added to this plan. Just a handful of politicians should not be given the powers to decide this via their banker chums.
Again – even though this appears to kick start a mining boom (or economic boost) – New Zealand’s landscape will never be the same again as we know it – as this is an accelerator for massive mining expansion at a rapid rate. Non-citizens of New Zealand who own shares – will never say ‘no, don’t mine any more, or too quickly.’ So what does this sales model ‘bankers posit’ do or say about New Zealand or will do to Aotearoa New Zealand beyond a get rich quick (no matter what the cost) mining driven (effectively) scheme?
Mining is never a model of ‘sustainable prosperity.’ Does the government have other models of wealth creation – other than this energy assets sell off suggestion? If so, what are they for the New Zealand people to consider while weighing up this one option of energy/ mining - being presented?
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.3.12~
Polly Martin writes in today:
Kia ora Samuel
Love to read your blog and your unique and fresh view on life.
According to Statistics NZ the next census is Tuesday, 5 March 2013
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 31.12.11~
Alright… here we go. From googles most searched terms in the USA in this minute, as noted from Hollywood – the entertainment capitol of the USA. These are the topics the most Americans have searched for…
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 4.3.11~
Because fibbing is a serious business… I must do this post. Today on MSN.Com the auto-generated links recommended for me are these -
- Unsolved celebrity murders
- Best western movies ever
- Celebrities who died too young
- Highest-earning reality show stars
- Celebrity babies
I am also reminded that on April 4th it is ‘tell a fib’ day in America. These links are recommended too.
Hollywood’s no.1 box office heavyweight, Mr James Cameron makes me smile today.
As guest commentary I’m going to run with The Hollywood Reporter’s full report on his appearance at CinemaCon 2011. As I never wrote this story, you might want to read it here at it’s original source, to be fair to this website’s hits rate.
As Hollywood’s reigning King of The Box Office in America, here’s what James had to say in a story penned with good humor too, by Carolyn Giardina: “Higher frame rates offer “the potential to improve showmanship,” the director tells attendees at ChinemaCon.
LAS VEGAS — Calling the current use of frame rates in digital cinema “inadequate,” James Cameron urged the industry to consider shooting and projecting movies at rates higher than the standard 24 frames-per-second in a demonstration he presented Thursday at Cinemacon.
At the moment Kevin is doing Tech News with an Alien Chaos visual overlay on his website wired. The above pic, denotes his tastes.
Inventor’s create a new order as a ‘guru’ because they invent new words basically. Here’s Kelly’s take on what he favors as being the words he wants to reside over in the IT worlds expansion in the next two decades. Kelly’s six verbs are:
- Sharing — While most people think of this right now as the top level social ideas, “we’ve just begun this process,” Kelly notes. The self-tracking of everything we do is now coming into play, he notes. This includes location, realtime pictures and videos, etc.
- Screening — Kelly notes that whereas there used to be just the television screen and then the computer screen, now screens are everywhere. And increasingly, everything will be a screen — all surface. There will be a “one screen for all,” Kelly says.
- Interacting — Right now, interaction is limited mainly to our fingertips, Kelly says. But the iPad is changing that — it’s about using more of your body now. And going forward, things like gestures, voice, cameras, and other things in our technology will transform the way we interact with everything. And yes, he brought up Minority Report.
- Flowing — “We’re now into a new metaphor for the web,” Kelly says noting that we started with the desktop on computers, then pages for the web. Now the realtime stream connected to the web is the thing.
- Accessing — We’re moving to a world where it’s about accessing information and media and not owning it. We see this now with the rise of Netflix, but soon that will fully hit the music space too.
- Generating — “The Internet is the world’s largest copy machine,” Kelly says. Going forward, there will be an importance placed on things that cannot be easily copied. A key to this is an easy way to pay and content that is hard to copy. Immediacy is a key — if you want something right now versus when it can be copied. Personalization is another key, he says.
Riveting stuff. US glued to one screen is how Kelly sees us in the world. Isn’t that the way the world is already? And I have to admit, if I share any more with the world on the level dear Kelly describes, I’ll scream. Won’t you?! ;)
My favorite word is flowing. Water flows. Electricity flows into laptops and appliances. Oil flows. Ideas flow. Knowledge flows. Flow is a good word. He’s winning with that one. If the future is about flows. Who owns the containers of the flows – is King. Yet another reason why every single nation on earth needs to develop our own IT flows. Then we can truly share equitably and on a humane level that’s fair. I like Kelly’s thoughts. He’s a good bloke.
MG Siegler wrote the bulk of this report. Thanks MG.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.30.11~
“The traditional intelligence community is absolutely biased toward classified information,” said Lt. Col. Reid Sawyer, an Army intelligence officer and head of West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center. “I think that open source provides a critical lens into understanding the world around us in a much more dynamic way than traditional intelligence sources can provide.”
In a story where the US security industries realize that they missed the Arab uprising because they weren’t reading google trends, they now say Google is a part of modern Intelligence mapping.
What this means is… perhaps Google and Facebook, Twitter, Youtube owners are now required to give this information to US Intelligence, though the story doesn’t say that. Not a bad idea to read Google trends. All bloggers do. Most financially aware people do too.
Read NPR’s story here.
Did I mention that Harry Houdini is a trending Hollywood film topic in the works. Go here to read up. :) Should Daniel Radcliffe play Harry? Why not! As a young superstar Daniel thinks of metals, all people, teenagers welfare as well as doing live theater and delivering big time at the Hollywood box office. Give this lad the role.
[Photo of Daniel Radcliffe's Magazine cover from ICYDK blog archives]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.24.11~
In the agenda of Carbon Tax Setting in the world, let’s not shoot the forerunner messenger of the message. She’s just a baby getting started…
Pollsters have again blamed the carbon tax proposition for a mild dip in new Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard‘s popularity in the latest results of a political opinion poll survey.
‘Today’s Nielsen poll, published in the Sydney Morning Herald, puts Ms Gillard’s approval rating at 47 per cent, the lowest since she took office.’
The survey revealed 39% of people prefer have a fond sport for Kevin Rudd as Labor leader, putting him five points ahead of Ms Gillard. The Coalition leads Labor on the two-party preferred vote, 54 points to 46.. News source- AGENCIES (undefined) via The New Zealand Herald.
You know, anyone that can wow the US Congress from another nation like Gillard did last week, reaffirming that Aussies are ‘great mates’ with well, everyone, especially America, perhaps deserves a little bit more respect than this. Clearly this girl has good skills. She’s like Kate Blanchett. Respect worthy. Yet the good people of Australia have voted. So, here in LA, our eyes have noticed. Competitive parliaments are the best for the people. Fairness is achieved –perhaps is what these polls indicate. So far I like Julia. She’s to the point and certainly not the dullest of crayons in the box. Go lady! :)
Other nations take on Ms Gillard’s leadership profile to date, who President Obama defines as his strongest ally (based solely on war commitment criteria) have these fews on Ms Gillard today.
[PHOTOGRAPH of Ms Gillard and President Obama, courtesy of Third Age]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.13.11~
WASHINGTON – Bill Keller, executive editor of the venerable New York Times, and Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, exchanged blows on Thursday in a highly public spat.
In a column for the Times magazine, Keller called Huffington the “queen of aggregation.” That’s a polite word for vampire/ thief in media circles.
Did someone want to see teen love in the form of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez kissing? Yeah, most of you did.
I can’t believe I’m posting this. It’s like blogging peda-porn snog pics and I never signed up for this!!!! My true American story!
Lol…. Anyway, here we go! Teen puppy love the Canada-Disney way looks like the above pic via Celebuzz. Very sweet teen friends. And Natalie Portman in a woolen hat doing a romance show, isn’t bad either. Romance is big! Commitment in love is the timeless trend returning to Hollywood for Young America. I like it.
Here’s some hot topics on your warped and twisted minds. ;) Let’s roll! From inside the Horiwood hat, here’s what search engines are driving this way. I am so Z-listed! But thanks Google!!!
|selena gomez and justin bieber|
|lady gaga’s boyfriend|
|ryan seacrest julianne hough|
|the jackson siblings|
|adrien brody halle berry|
|lena horne quotes|
|joshua leifer poem|
|angel in ch.ch.|
SEO just got tougher. Google says that it is changing the secret formula it uses to rank Web pages as the company which handles nearly 2/3rds of world’s Web searches struggles to fight websites that have been able to game its system.
Okay, that’s coming from a company whose being looked at for running competitions that collect kids Social Security numbers.
Fair enough though. Google has to stay competitive too. Perhaps it’s a good time to be more Chinese language and Arabic language inclusive in the way Google’s formulas rank web pages as well. Just a thought.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.26.11~
Te Mata Tini o te Ra, Video footage off the coast of Gisborne, Te Tai Rawhiti a Aotearoa/ New Zealand can be viewed here.
You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? 'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise. Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops. Weakened by my soulful cries. Does my haughtiness offend you? Don't you take it awful hard 'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines Diggin' in my own back yard. You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I'll rise. Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I've got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs? Out of the huts of history's shame I rise Up from a past that's rooted in pain I rise I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear I rise Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise.
~The words of poet Laureate, Toni Morrison, from a Kiwi brother for Rodney Hide and friends, posted in the literary traditions of Patricia Grace, Witi Ihimaera and Hone Tuwhare from Amerika today. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.18.11~